Case File: Moldovan v. Romanian

In the Romanian speaking world, there are few issues more divisive than whether or not “Moldovan” is a separate language than Romanian.

The President of all Moldovans

For more than seven years, I’ve been proudly telling the world that I’m the king of all Romanians. Today, I had to laugh at the press statement released by Vadim Krasnoselsky, the president of the Nistrian Republic. My translation: In an interview given to the Russian news publication Izvestia, Krasnoselski declared that, ‘If it wasn’t…

Fear and Loathing

After my wife and I enjoyed a lovely day in Transnistria last month, I told the Unsleeping Eye to increase its attention on this country that “doesn’t exist.” So, you can imagine my horror when I saw this story being reported by Agerpress, the official state media of Romania. My translation: The Use of the…

Transnistria FAQ

After my interesting adventure in Transnistria, I realized that basically, no one knows anything about this country. Excuse me, no one outside the Russian-speaking world. Therefore, I present to you the world’s very first FAQ page for Transnistria, the country that doesn’t exist, except, of course, that it does. Isn’t Transnistria a breakaway republic? Kinda…

Brânză vs. Cașcaval

One of the great difficulties in learning any foreign language is when there are two words in the new language for something, but you only have one word in your own. Nearly 20 years ago now (my goodness, how the time has flown!), I remember asking the woman who taught me so much about Romanian…