On Monday you can pay for your coffee with a poem

Originally posted on positivenewsromania.com:
? Romanians will be able to buy coffee with poetry in over 200 coffee shops from around the country. The manifest campaign called “Pay with a poem” will take place for one day only, on the 21st of March, 2016. The campaign started in 2013 when 6,300 poems were gathered.In 2014 on the International Day of Poetry coffee lovers visited 150 coffee shops… Continue reading On Monday you can pay for your coffee with a poem

A Refreshing Drink of Sweet Water Juice

The other day, a friend of mine posted a rather humorous breakdown of the differences between some words used in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. One of them, in particular, made me smile, as I remember learning all three versions during the course of my adventures in learning the language. Making the issue even more fun is the plethora of ways this particular item … Continue reading A Refreshing Drink of Sweet Water Juice

Word of the Day: Vagány

Do you remember those three words which meant “cool” in Romanian, especially the word tare? If you do, you remember that the root meaning of the original word is “strong” or “heavy” or “tough” and the like. Today’s word is: vagány. Hopa! This is an entirely Hungarian word and never used in Romanian. I went down from my kingdom and visited a Hungarian friend of … Continue reading Word of the Day: Vagány

Slang Word of the Day: Beton

You might remember my posts on the slang usage of the words marfa and tare, both of which mean “cool” or “awesome” or “brilliant”. Now here’s yet another word with similar meanings: beton (beh-tone). The standard meaning of this noun, borrowed directly from the French, is “concrete” as in the ancient mixture of sand and water to form a rock-like substance. Over time this got … Continue reading Slang Word of the Day: Beton

Slang Word of the Day: Marfa

I think one of my favorite slang words in Romania is marfă (mar-fuh), although I don’t use it very often. The standard use of the word marfa is as a noun to indicate “cargo” or “manufactured goods” or sometimes “freight”, borrowed directly from a Hungarian word (márha) that means cattle or livestock. In slang usage however this becomes an adjective and is used to indicate … Continue reading Slang Word of the Day: Marfa