Word of the Day: Iar

Speaking of absolutely no Slavic influence whatsoever in the Romanian language, it’s a good time to look at the word iar (yar). If you are a native English (or Italian/Spanish/French etc) speaker than you have to understand that in some *coughcough* languages there’s actually two ways to say the word “and”. If you’re a beginner…

Word of the Day: Ba

Again folks, we must remember that there is absolutely no Slavic influence on grammar, pronunciation or anything else. Or if there is some influence it is “minor” and “very little” :P Nonetheless, time to examine the (ordinary) word ba (bah), which while short and sweet, is important. The DEX has a perfect definition: (Expressed in…

In The Room The Women Come And Go (Not Talking Romanian Though)

Gosh, for some reason, recently I was talking about why I blog, especially about all this tedious Romanian stuff (like grammar), since it clearly isn’t for monetary reward. Mostly it’s just a real fun kind of thing for me and I do it just because I enjoy it, I guess. Well that got me thinking…

I’m more X than you!

I think one of the curious things is that no one has ever actually asked me how to say, “I’m more Romanian than you”. And since that is, mysteriously enough, the number one search term that leads people to this blog (why? how many egomaniac romaniophiles can there be? good lord!) I thought I’d answer…

That Damn Dash Mark

Over the years I’ve scoured websites, textbooks and other material looking for a concise chapter to explain the dash “-” mark in Romanian syntax and yet never found it. Perhaps it exists somewhere and you can provide us with a link. But for now you’ll have to do with my mini guide. I actually used…

Pluralizing Words in Romanian

Ahhh yes, plurals, a constant and very difficult subject for people learning the Romanian language. Over the years I’ve learned a number of languages (or parts of them) and Romanian is one of the trickiest because it doesn’t follow any sort of internal rules that you can simply memorize. Furthermore, because it is an inflected…