With the temperature soaring into the upper 30s all across Romania and Moldova this week, I thought it was the perfect time to learn some summer words! The links (underlined words) go to DEX, the online Romanian dictionary where you can see all the declinations and/or gendered versions of the word. căldură (call-doo-ruh) – Heat arşiţă (are-sheetz-uh) – Scorching heat (literally “the little burner”) ars … Continue reading Summer Words
Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve done an old-fashioned Romanian language lesson, eh? But it’s Friday and for some odd reason, I always get the urge to write on the subject at the end of the week. So let’s do it! Click on the links below to see the gender and declinations for each word, some of which can be very tricky for those … Continue reading Vessels and Containers
I was listening to manele (as I am wont to do hehe) this morning while cleaning the house and heard this “word” aoleu and it made me laugh as I’ve heard my neighbors use it a million times. It’s an interjection, which means it’s something people suddenly exclaim and is never “conjugated” or modified in any way (grammatically). There are about a million variants of … Continue reading Slang Word of the Day: Aoleu!
The other day I heard a friend of mine use this word and I had to smile. Clearly this word looks like the American vulgar term for a coward and it is almost pronounced the same – but not quite. In fact, you’re not really bilingual in Romanian and English until you can say these two words correctly. Sometimes spelled pusi, in Romanian it is … Continue reading Word of the Day: Pusy
The other day The Woman and I were talking about what are known as smelling salts, a very powerful aromatic mixture given to people who have lost consciousness in order to use a biological response to “jolt” them awake. In ordinary Hungarian the word “só” means “salt” but the interesting thing is that their name for “smelling salts” is repülősó, a combination of the word … Continue reading Hungarian Word of the Day: Repülősó