Sosul Awesomenessului

If you’re one of those people who keep a sharp eye on the sidebar (you know who you are!) I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been trolling for a few good online resources on how to learn the cotton-pickin Romanian language.

Well, I just found a very good one that I highly recommend. Just so it’s clear right up front, I never heard of these people in my life until an hour ago so there’s no conflict of interest here (although frankly, if you do want to bribe me, I work quite well for good food :P).

It is, helpfully enough, called Learn Romanian Magazine Online because it is a revista about learning the language and it’s online.

From poking around, it looks like they had a little hiatus for a while so a lot of the material is old. Some of the new material is fabulous, like this article, written in Romanian that you can hear spoken aloud.

The absolute best part is when you click on puzzle link at the bottom of the article because a crossword puzzle will pop up using words from the article. Yes, solid gold! The combination of teaching Romanian and using Romania’s favorite train game is pure genius.

It looks like all of their podcasts are quite old but it’s still a real treasure trove, as they cover a lot of the basics. You can click here to hear an awesome podcast on how to tell time.

You might remember my post about time when listening to this podcast. This guy does an absolutely outstanding job and reminds me of several things I completely forgot to address.

He does mention a critical issue I forgot to cover as well. When telling time there’s a “mysterious” gender confusion.

You: Cat e ceasul?
Him:Este ora (female) unu (masculine).


You: Cat e ceasul?
Him::Este ora (female) doua (female).

The guy in the podcast is confused by this because he’s unaware that original form of the word used in Romania was the Slavic version, ceas. And guess what? “Ceas” is a “neutral” word, which means it’s masculine in the singular and feminine in the plural:

You: Cat e ceasul?
Him:Este ceasul unu.


You: Cat e ceasul?
Him::Este doua ceasuri.

Bing! Приглашаем Вас :)

Other than that, and completely forgetting all the quite useful slang information he provides, I realize there’s about 10 or 20 other possible ways to say the time as well, depending on how far off the path of the prestige dialect you want to go.

For one thing, there’s all those “alternative” ways Romanians say numbers, including saying “tree” for 3 and “sheptay” for 7 and so on and so forth. Then add on the juma(ta)te and with a “de” or not with a “de” or does it have a “si” or no “si” and “paishpe” for 14 and on and on and on.

That’s why in general I stay away from the rabbit hole of worrying too much about every regional difference. Good gracious, the last time I was in Botosani I sounded like Cato the Orator coming to town to spread the classics :P I kid, I kid!

Fantastic resource and I really do appreciate all the effort they’ve put into these. If you are at all inclined to learn Romanian, I highly recommend this.


6 thoughts on “Sosul Awesomenessului

  1. Actually, you say “Este ceasul unu,” or “Este ora unu.” The “l” is a definite article, which shouldn’t be used in this case, because here “unu” is a numeral, so it’s not articulated. “Unul” means “a guy” and I think it’s some form of pronoun. I hope this makes sense, I haven’t done grammar in quite some time :)


  2. Help! What does “n-are rost” mean? I read it somewhere and Google tells me it means “it boots not” but unfortunately I have no idea what THAT means.
    Help! o.O


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