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The official language in Romania is Romanian, the only Romance language among the Slavic ones from Eastern Europe. If you speak or have notions of Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese or other languages derived from Latin, then there are big chances you will understand and make yourself understood easily. Apart from the Latin heritage, there are also many words of Dacian, Slav, Greek or Turkish origin, as well as some recent French, English or German borrowings. Depending on the regions you are travelling to, you can practice your German with the Saxons in Transylvania and Banat, Hungarian in the Magyar communities in Transylvania, or Russian with the lipoveni from the Danube Delta.

English is widely spoken particularly in hotels, resorts and the tourist areas and it is understood by many people, especially by the youth. However, older generations are likely to smile at you and nod their heads if you try talking to them in a different language than Romanian. The same thing is valid when you move away from the tourist area. In addition, most directions and road signs are in Romanian, with highway markers, distances and speed signs based on the metric system.

All of the above are reasons why we think it is a great idea to learn some useful words and phrases before coming here. Don’t be afraid to try. It is very nice – as well as funny – to hear our native tongue spoken (and hacked) by others, and everyone will surely appreciate the effort! Below we have prepared a list of language tips and helpful notions in Romanian, including the ones you would want to avoid.

Greetings & Basic Phrases

Hello/Hi|Bună ziua/ Bună/Salut|boo-nuh zee-wa/boo-nuh/suh-loot**

Goodbye/Bye|La revedere/Pa|lah reh-veh-deh-reh/pah**

Good morning|Bună dimineaţa|boo-nuh dee-mee-neah-tsah**

Good evening| Bună seara|boo-nuh seah-rah**

Good night|Noapte bună|noap-teh boo-nuh**

Yes/No/Maybe|Da/Nu/Poate|dah/noo/poah-teh**

And|Şi|she**

Please|Vă rog|vuh rog**

Thank you/Thanks|Mulţumesc/Mersi|mool-tsoo-mesk/mer-see**

You’re welcome|Cu plăcere|koo pluh-che-reh**

Excuse me|Scuzaţi-mă|skoo-zah-tsee-muh**

Sorry|Îmi pare rău|hmee pah-reh row**

Help|Ajutor|ah-zhoo-tor**

I don’t understand|Nu înţeleg|noo uhn-tse-leg**

How are you?|Ce mai faci?|che my futch?**

Fine. And you?|Bine. Tu?|bee-ne. too?**

What’s your name?|Cum te cheamă?|koom teh kia-muh?**

Transportation

By bus|Cu autobuzul|koo ah-oo-toh-boo-zool**

By train|Cu trenul|koo treh-nool**

By car|Cu maşina|koo mah-shee-nah**

By plane|Cu avionul|koo ah-vee-oh-nool**

By boat|Cu vaporul|koo vah-poh-rool**

On foot|Pe jos|peh zhos**

Alley|Alee|ah-leh-yeh**

Street|Stradă|strah-dah**

Boulevard|Bulevard|boo-leh-vard**

Road|Şosea|sho-seah**

Square|Piaţă|pya-tsah**

Train station|Gară|gah-ruh**

Right/Left/Straight on|Dreapta/Stânga/Drept înainte|dreap-tah/stuhn-gah/drept uh-nah-een-the**

How far is it?|Cât de departe e?|kewt deh deh-par-teh ye?**

How do I get there?|Cum ajung acolo?|koom ah-joong ah-ko-lo?**

Is this the bus/train/plane/boat to…?|Acesta e autobuzul/trenul/avionul/vaporul de…?|ah-chest-ah ye ah-oo-toh-boo-zool/ treh-nool/ ah-vee-oh-nool/ vah-poh-rool deh…?**

What time is the first/next/last bus?|Când e primul/următorul/ultimul autobuz?|kewnd ye pree-mool/oor-muh-toh-rool/ool-tee-mool ah-oo-toh-booz?**

One one-way/return ticket to…|Un bilet dus/dus-întors până la…|oon bee-let doos/doos-ewn-tors pew-nuh lah…**

What’s the next stop?|Care e următoarea oprire?|kah-reh yes-the oor-muh-toah-reah oh-pree-reh?**

Please take me to this address|Vă rog să mă duceţi la această adresă|vuh rog suh muh doo-chets lah oor-muh-toah-reah ah-dre-suh**

Hotel Questions

Where can I find a hotel?|Unde pot găsi un hotel?|oon-deh pot guh-see oon ho-tel?**

Do you have a single/double/triple room?|Aveţi o cameră single/dublă/triplă?|ah-vets oh ka-meh-ruh single/doo-bluh/tree-pluh?**

How much is it per night/person/room?|Cât costă pe noapte/persoană/cameră?| kewt kos-tuh pe noah-pteh/per-soah-nuh/ka-meh-ruh?**

I’d like to book a room|Aş vrea să rezerv o cameră|ush vreah suh reh-zerv oh ka-meh-ruh**

Bank Questions

Where can I find a bank/ATM/exchange office?|Unde pot găsi o bancă/un bancomat/o casă de schimb valutar?|oon-deh pot guh-see oh bun-kuh/oon bun-ko-mut/oh kah-suh deh skeemb vah-loo-tar?**

What’s the rate for the dollar/euro?|Care e cursul la dolar/euro?|kah-reh ye koor-sool lah doh-lur/e-oo-roh?**

Restaurants & Meals

Menu|Meniu|meh-new**

What would you recommend?|Ce recomandaţi?|che reh-ko-mun-dats?**

I’d like this dish|Aş vrea acest fel de mâncare|ush vreah ah-chest fell deh moon-kah-reh**

Do you have vegetarian food?|Aveţi mâncare vegetariană?|ah-vets moon-kah-reh veh-jet-ah-ree-ah-nuh?**

I’m allergic to…|Sunt alergic la…|soont ah-ler-jeek lah…**

Cheers|Noroc|noh-rok**

Where is the toilet for men/women?|Unde e toaleta pentru bărbaţi/femei?|oon-deh ye toah-leh-tah pen-troo bur-bats/feh-mey?**

I’d like the bill|Aş vrea nota de plată|ush vreah noh-tah deh pla-tuh**

Shopping

Store|Magazin|mah-gah-zeen**

Open/Closed|Deschis/Închis|des-kiss/uhn-kiss**

Expensive/Cheap|Scump/Ieftin|skoomp/yeph-teen**

What time does it open/close?|La ce oră se deschide/închide?|lah che oh-ruh she des-kee-deh/uhn-kee-deh?**

Where can I buy…?|De unde pot cumpăra…?|deh oon-deh pot koom-puh-rah…?**

How much is it?|Cât costă?|kewt kos-tuh?**

Do you accept credit cards?|Acceptaţi cărţi de credit?|ak-chep-tats kurts deh kre-deet?**

Numbers

0|Zero|zeh-roh**

1|Unu|oo-noo**

2|Doi|doy**

3|Trei|trey**

4|Patru|pah-troo**

5|Cinci|cheench**

6|Şase|sha-she**

7|Şapte|shap-teh**

8|Opt|opt**

9|Nouă|noh-wuh**

10|Zece|ze-che**

11|Unsprezece|oon-spre-ze-che**

12|Doisprezece|doy-spre-ze-che**

13|Treisprezece|trey-spre-ze-che**

14|Paisprezece|puy-spre-ze-che**

15|Cincisprezece|cheench-spre-ze-che**

16|Şaisprezece|shy-spre-ze-che**

17|Şaptesprezece|shap-teh-spre-ze-che**

18|Optsprezece|opt-spre-ze-che**

19|Nouăsprezece|noh-wuh-spre-ze-che**

20|Douăzeci|doh-wuh-zech**

30|Treizeci|trey-zech**

40|Patruzeci|pah-troo-zech**

50|Cincizeci|cheench-zech**

100|O sută|oh soo-tuh**

1000|O mie|oh mee-ye**

Days of the week and Months

Monday|Luni|looni**

Tuesday|Marţi|martsi**

Wednesday|Miercuri|myer-koori**

Thursday|Joi|zhoy**

Friday|Vineri|vee-neri**

Saturday|Sâmbătă|sewm-buh-tuh**

Sunday|Duminică|doo-mee-nee-kuh**

January|Ianuarie|ya-nwa-ree-ye**

February|Februarie|feh-brwa-ree-ye**

March|Martie|mar-tee-ye**

April|Aprilie|ah-pree-lee-ye**

May|Mai|my**

June|Iunie|yoo-nee-ye**

July|Iulie|yoo-lee-ye**

August|August|aw-goost**

September|Septembrie|sep-tem-bree-ye**

October|Octombrie|ok-tom-bree-ye**

November|Noiembrie|noh-yem-bree-ye**

December|Decembrie|deh-chem-bree-ye**

Time

What time is it?|Cât e ceasul?|kewt ye che-a-sool?**

It’s one o’clock|E ora unu|ye oh-rah oo-noo**

Quarter past eight|Opt şi un sfert|opt she oon sfert**

Quarter to eight|Opt fără un sfert|opt fuh-ruh oon sfert**

Half past eight|Opt şi jumătate|opt she zhoo-muh-tah-the**

At what time is…?|La ce oră e…?|lah che oh-ruh ye…?**

To avoid

Gypsy|Ţigan|tsee-gun**