The other day I was walking in town and I passed a billboard with some admonishments to passersby on how to stay healthy. One thing “fun” about Moldova is that a huge percentage of billboards are used by the government, governmental agencies, or foreign NGOs to broadcast helpful information. Not quite sure if that’s due to a lack of commercial customers for the billboard owners … Continue reading Going Down?
I keep being surprised (and slightly puzzled) that certain foreigners genuinely want to learn Romanian. Obviously it’s good to know how to ask for directions or count numbers but some people I meet want to take it to the next level and actually have a conversation. In my unofficial role as “Dat Engrish Speaker Who Also Speakee Romanian” I hereby present a little lesson on … Continue reading The Many Faces of ING
Yes! Did you think because it was Friday I wouldn’t write a lengthy analysis of verbs in Romanian? :P To recap, please read part 1. In fact, if you’re just a beginner and learning Romanian, read no further because part 1 will get you by in almost all situations. Only if you’re truly interested in understanding and conjugating verbs should you read what follows! … Continue reading Romanian Verbs: Part 2
Yes! After all the confusing grammatical rules on nouns and declinations and the dash mark and everything else, now time for something thankfully a lot simpler: verbs. Probably the most difficult language to learn in terms of verb conjugation is Italian, especially with their “passato remote” (distant past) tense. Compare the conjugation for Italian parlare (to talk) to the Romanian conjugation for vorbi. Quite a … Continue reading Romanian Verbs: Part 1