Azi Noapte

As you were no doubt carefully reading the lyrics from my last post, you saw the use of the phrase: azi noapte.

Amongst Latin languages, this is unique. It’s a phrase combining azi, meaning “today” and noapte meaning “night.” So putting them together, today + night, you might think it means “tonight.”

No, actually it means “last night”. Don’t ask me why, this is how Romanians think :P

The correct term for “tonight” would be diseara.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. clau2002 says:

    Is becouse from ancient times romanians were aware that the day starts at midnight and not in the morning.So the last night is conected with today.Tomorow will start tonight at midnight and will end tomorow night at midnight.Twentyfour hours cicle.Thats how romanians think.Havent you found yet that here in Romania when we dont know something we have always a easy way of finding out?WE ASK!……Great blog……Sunt cu ochii pe tine Sam!!!!


  2. Megan says:

    I don’t know if you have done this already [sorry in advance if you have] but could you do a list of common Romanian sayings/colloquialisms? :) Ooh, or common abbreviated words when writing? (like how we do “LOL” and such…)

    While learning the lingo I know sometimes one can get into the habit of speaking very “proper”, and I wouldn’t want to be a fuddy duddy 8-)


    1. Sam R. says:

      If you look in the right-hand column and see the “Kategory Kloud of Kewlness” inside there find “Romanian language” and you can see everything I’ve written so far :D


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