P1.3 How to pronounce combinations of Romanian vowels - Part 1
The Romanian language uses extensively the pronunciation of two vowels in one syllable, and less frequent three vowels. Thus it is very important that you recognize the combinations (listening), and then start pronouncing them (speaking).
Since there are 21 combinations, this lesson is divided into three parts:
- the current lesson (part 1) presenting all the combinations that start with "a,ă,â,e".
- part 2 - all the combinations of two vowels that start with "i"
- part 3 - all the combinations that start with "o" or "u"
We strongly advise you to take the time to study them all. Once you will master all the vowel combinations, you will have reached an important threshold on your path of becoming fluent in Romanian.
In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce:
- vowels: "a+i"
- vowels: "a+u"
- vowels: "ă+u"
- vowels: "â+i"
- vowels: "â+u"
- vowels: "e+a"
- vowels: "e+i"
- vowels: "e+o"
- vowels: "e+u"
How do you pronounce "ai" in one syllable in Romanian?
Romanian traditional musical instrument shaped like friction drum
You have (where "you" refers to a single person)
How do you pronounce the cluster of vowels "au" in Romanian?
They were eating
They have (where "they" refers to feminine gender nouns e.g. five women)
How do you pronounce the diphthong "ău" together in one syllable in Romanian?
How do you pronounce "âi" in Romanian?
How to pronounce the vowels "â" and "u" combined in Romanian
How do you pronounce the vowels "ea" together in Romanian?
How do you pronounce the vowels "ei" together in Romanian?
|lions For your information this is the plural of the Romanian currency, if you want to say 5 RON, then you would say "5 lei".|
|to Cătălina where "Cătălina" is a Romanian female name. This means that "Cătălinei" is in the Dative case (grammar)|
Vowels "e" and "o" together
How to pronounce the vowels "e" and "u" together in Romanian?
Great site! Please keep these
Great site! Please keep these lessons coming! Is the vowel combination in "străin" a hiatus? I teach English here in Timișoara, and one of my students thought my pronunciation of "străin" was hilarious.
If you could include audio clips of "iu" and "ău", that would be brilliant.
Romanian pronunciation Hiatus
Thank you, I have finalized a new grammar lesson, so I will invest some time in finalizing this lesson including the other combination of vowels (iu and ău and others). Btw you already have in the above lesson geamgiu which includes the combination iu, ău. I'll add more. To answer your question, străin is indeed a hiatus, thus ă and i are pronounced in different syllables (stră-in). Here is the International Phonetic Alphabet notation /strə'in/
All the best
Romanian Diphthongs "iu" and "ău"
I've just added the Romanian diphthongs "iu" and "ău" and their pronunciation (audio) above in the lesson.
I hope it helps studying and learning Romanian pronunciation.
If you have any other remarks, questions, I'd be happy to answer/help.
Wow, thanks a lot!
Thank you very much for posting these so quickly. Sorry, yes geamgiu was already there, but hearing "iu" in more words was really helpful. I think I was getting that one right actually, but I wasn't sure. "ău" is harder though. And thanks for your comments on "străin".
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