The Locus of Control

Word Count: 2729 You know, after about six years of covering scandals, failures, problems, crimes, the media, and other sources of misery in Romania (and to a lesser extent, the Republic of Moldova), I’ve lately found myself thinking about the bigger picture. If you narrow your focus on the scandal of the day, it’s easy…

The Case of the Frustrating Cases

If your native language is English, you’re almost hopelessly fucked when it comes to learning a foreign language. Basic English grammar is very simple, with no genders, no need for adjective/adverb matching, simple verbs, and no cases. At one time in the distant past, English was far more complex but was then simplified into its…

Words of the Day: Coaja – Piele

As you trip down the interesting highways and byways of the Romanian language, you come across some words that bisect in unusual ways with English and other languages. An excellent example of this is the Romanian word coajă (kwah-zha), which refers to the “skin” of any plant. In English, this “skin” on a fruit is…

Fun With Adjectives

Hey, who wants to have fun explaining a lot of technical stuff about adjectives in the Romanian language? Just me? Ah well, that’s okay. In English, the adjective comes before the noun. Ex: A green car. In most Latin based languages, including Romanian, the adjective comes after the noun. Ex: O mașina verde. That being…

Personal Possession in Romanian: Part 1

In Romanian there are several ways to indicate the possessive. One of them follows some rather lengthy but logical rules and we’ll get into that one at a later time. Today we’re going to talk about people’s possessions when you USE THEIR NAME. What follows is only for when using a person’s actual name. In…