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Astound Your Romanian Friends With 100 Romanian Adverbs


Are you the type to show off?

Maybe you met someone who went to Europe for a trip and you casually ask them, “Did you learn much of the local language?”

This is really just an excuse for you to show off your Romanian skills. That’s fine. We get it.

There’s always a danger, though, that that person happens to have Romanian grandparents or experience living in a Romanian-speaking environment through an internship or similar. If you want to impress, you need to bring your A-game. And that means using the correct and accurate adverb in Romanian for whatever you need to describe, providing flavor in just the right place.

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  1. Adverbs In Degrees
  2. Telling The Truth and Making Predictions
  3. Adverbs of Location
  4. Adverbs and Languages
  5. Time and Romanian Adverbs
  6. Manner Is Important
  7. Showing Cause and Effect
  8. Adverbs Made From Adjectives
  9. Emotional Adverbs
  10. Conclusion

1. Adverbs In Degrees

Woman Making a Speech

Some of the most common adverbs in any language are those that answer the question “how much” or “to what degree?” These should be the first adverbs you set out to learn.

1- foarte – very

Voi fi foarte bun.

I’ll be very good.

2- destul – quite

Desertul arată destul de bine.

The desert looks quite good.

3- extrem – extremely

Ea a vorbit extrem de repede.

She spoke extremely quickly.

4- prea – too

Nimic nu este prea complicat.

Nothing is too complicated.

5- un pic – a bit

Mă simt un pic pierdut.

I’m feeling a bit lost.

6- puțin – a little

Prima probă a fost puțin rapidă.

The first try was a little faster.

7- suficient de – enough

Ea a fost suficient de inteligentă pentru a înțelege asta.

She was smart enough to know that.

8- prea – too

Sunt prea impulsiv.

I’m too impulsive.

9- evident – obviously

Este evident că ea este necăsătorită.

She’s obviously not married.

10- încă – more

Ei au nevoie de încă un milion de dolari.

They need another million dollars.

11- mai puțin- Less

Trebuie să îi plătești mai puțin.

You must pay them less.

12- abia – barely

Abia îmi amintesc.

I barely remember.

13- exact – exactly

Știu exact ce anume am cerut.

I know exactly what I was asking.

14- aproximativ – approximately

Vei avea nevoie de aproximativ 100 de ore ca să finalizezi acest proiect.

It will take you approximately 100 hours to finish this project.

2. Telling The Truth and Making Predictions

Top Verbs

These five “truth” adverbs are quite necessary for when you want to qualify a certain statement. They’re also commonly seen as filler words when speaking casually or distractedly.

1- realmente – actually

El a fost realmente o persoană foarte cumsecade.

He was really a decent person.

2- poate – maybe

Poate mâine sau poate săptămâna viitoare el va tunde iarba.

He will be mowing the lawn maybe tomorrow or maybe next week.

3- posibil – possibly

Este posibil să mă ajuți?

Can you possibly help me?

4- probabil – likely

Probabil mașina lui a fost lovită din spate.

His car was likely struck from behind.

5- cu siguranță – definitely

El este cu siguranță confuz și supărat din cauza glumei tale.

He’s definitely confused and upset because of your joke.

6- oare – perhaps

Este posibil oare, să vin cu propriul meu laptop?

Could I perhaps bring my own laptop?

3. Adverbs of Location

Silhouetted Figure Holding Globe

It doesn’t matter where your Romanian class is – with RomanianPod101, you can learn anywhere you like! Describing where you study is an excellent test of your Romanian adverb skills.

1- aici – here

Trusa de prim ajutor se află aici.

The first aid kit is located here.

2- acolo – there

Când merg acolo am impresia că este o povară.

When I go there I feel like a burden.

3- pretutindeni – everywhere

Bacteriile se găsesc pretutindeni.

Bacteria are everywhere.

4- aproape – nearby

Ea stă aproape.

She lives nearby.

5- departe – away

Trebuie să stai departe de noi doi.

You need to stay away from both of us.

6- lângă – next to, close by

Locuiesc lângă stația de metrou.

I live near the metro station.

7- oriunde – anywhere

Ești calificat oriunde în lume.

You are qualified anywhere in the world.

8- nicăieri – nowhere

Nu plec nicăieri.

I’m not going nowhere.

9- direct – straight

Te rog să mergi direct la tine acasă.

Please go straight to your house.

10- înapoi – back

Toate cadourile au fost trimise înapoi.

All the gifts were sent back.

11- exact – right

Poți să parchezi exact  aici.

You can park right here.

4. Adverbs and Languages

Different Language Books

In Romanian, the suffix -ește is a clear marker of language names, as you can see here. This is because when we say “speak a language,” the underlying meaning is “speak in a certain way.” That’s what adverbs are for!

1- grecește – Greek

Învăț grecește de la bunicul meu. 

I am learning Greek from my grandfather.

2- englezește – English

La job vorbim numai englezește.

At work we speak only English.

3- românește – Romanian

Încearcă să vorbească românește cu vecinii săi.

He’s trying to speak Romanian with his neighbors.

4- arabește – Arabic

Ei nu știu că eu vorbesc arăbește.

They do not know I speak Arabic.

5- nemțește – German

Doi dintre ei au început să vorbească în nemțește.

Two of them started talking in German.

6- franțuzește – French

Tot cursul a fost în franțuzește.

All the class was in French.

7- chinezește – Chinese

Este ciudat să te aud vorbind în chinezește.

It’s weird hearing you speak Chinese.

5. Time and Romanian Adverbs

More Essential Verbs

Second only perhaps to adverbs of degree, adverbs of time are quite necessary for sounding natural in casual speech. You can think of several of these as nouns, but as they modify verbs, they’re properly called adverbs.

1- aseară – last night

Aseară a fost foarte frig.

It was very cold last night.

2- ieri – yesterday

Ieri ți-ai spălat mașina.

You washed your car yesterday.

3- mâine – tomorrow

Plec acasă mâine.

I am going home tomorrow.

4- duminica – every Sunday

Duminica merg cu familia la biserică.

I go with my family at the church every Sunday.

5- niciodată – never

Tatăl dumneavoastră nu ar face niciodată asta.

Your father would never have done this.

6- din când în când – from time to time

El îți menționează numele din când în când.

He mentions your name from time to time.

7- totdeauna – always

El a promis că îi va fi totdeauna aproape.

He promised to be always near her.

8- acum – now

Am intrat acum în ultimele secunde ale jocului.

We’re now into the final seconds of the game.

9- de obicei – usually

De obicei, ea se ocupă de asta.

She usually handles that.

10- mai târziu – later

Vorbim mai târziu despre această problemă.

We’ll talk later about this issue.

11- în seara aceasta – tonight

Dacă nu sunt ocupată, pot să fac un tort în seara asta.

If I’m not busy, I can make a cake tonight.

12- uneori – sometimes

Uneori chiar ești amuzant.

Sometimes you’re really funny.

13- vreodată – never

Nu am crezut că voi mai fi vreodată în stare să joc tenis.

I thought I would never be able to play tennis.

14- rareori – rarely

El rareori părăsește calculatorul lui.

He rarely leaves his computer.

15- mereu – always

Sunt mereu ultimul care își termină tema pentru acasă.

I’m always the last one who finishes the homework.

16- actualmente – at present

Actualmente nu existã nici un remediu pentru cancer.

At present there is no cure for cancer.

17- anual – annually

Această sumă este indexată anual.

This amount is annually indexed.

18- lunar – monthly

Ea a fost plătită lunar pentru că a avut grijă de câinele meu.

She was paid monthly for taking care of my dog.

19- săptămânal – weekly

Duminica seara ea întocmește meniurile săptămânale.

On Sunday evening she is planning her weekly menus.

20- zilnic – daily

Care este suma zilnică pe care ea o cere ca bonă?

What is her daily rate for babysitting? 

21- pe oră – hourly

Această companie te va plăti pe oră.

This company will pay you hourly.

22- odată – once

Hai să rezolvăm asta odată pentru totdeauna.

Let’s fix this once and for all.

23- de două ori – twice

Ea a citit fiecare capitol de două ori.

She read every chapter twice.

6. Manner Is Important

Here we’ll include several adverbs that are two-word phrases, literally translating to “in a particular manner.”

1- la fix– perfectly

Comentariul tău se potrivește la fix.

Your comment fits perfectly.

2- în mod egal – equally

Vă consider  pe toți răspunzători, în mod egal. 

I hold you all equally responsible.

3- astfel – like this

O astfel de situație poate deveni foarte periculoasăi.

A situation like this could get quite dangerous.

4- în felul acela – like that

Mă enervez când mă tratezi în felul acela.

I get angry when you treat me like that.

5- mai bine – better

Acest serviciu e mai bine decât am crezut.

This job is better than I thought.

6- mai rău – worse

Au fost tratați mai rău decât niște animale.

They were treated worse than animals.

7- la fel de – as well as

Nu cred că îi cunoaște cineva la fel de bine ca tine.

I don’t think anyone knows them as well as you.

8- nu – not   

Asta nu este bine deloc.

That’s not good at all.

9- cu ușurință – easily

Înțeleg cu ușurință toate visele tale.

I can easily understand all your dreams .

7. Showing Cause and Effect

Baby Holding Adult Finger

As another stepping stone to fluent and correct Romanian, adverbs of conjunction like these will show your listener that you understand how to organize your ideas well.

1- așadar – therefore

Așadar, ei se simt intimidați de către tine.

Therefore, they feel intimidated by you.

2- totodată – however

Totodată, rezultatul acesta nu este ceea ce ne așteptam.

This result, however, is not what we expected.  

3- în caz de – in case of

Nu folosiți liftul în caz de cutremur.

Don’t use the elevator in case of an earthquake.

4- pentru că – because

Lui îi place de ea pentru că este amuzantă.

He likes her because she is funny.

5- așa că – so that

Mi-am anulat călătoria, așa că pot sta cu bunica mea bolnavă.

I cancelled my trip so that I could stay with my sick grandmother.

6- astfel încât să – in order to

El și-a mutat biroul, astfel încât să aibă o panoramă mai bună.

He moved his desk in order to get a better view.

8. Adverbs Made From Adjectives

Now we’re coming to the words that commonly fit the way we think of adverbs in English: a special, modified form of an adjective. You’ll note that a lot of these adverbs in Romanian don’t actually take a special form, though. That makes things easier for you!

1- afectuous – affectionately

Ea a vorbit mereu afectuos despre el.

She always talked about him so warmly.

2- rece – coldly

Aleksei le-a vorbit rece.

Aleksei spoke to them coldly.

3- Cu interes – With interest

Voi urmări cu interes progresul tău.

I shall watch your progress with interest.

4- plăcut – pleasantly

Uneori realitatea de poate surprinde într-un mod plăcut.

Sometimes reality can pleasantly surprise you.

5- Tare – strongly

Putem auzi muzica joaca tare jos.

We can hear the music playing loudly downstairs.

6- rar – slowly

Respiră adânc și rar.

Breathe deeply and slowly.

7- incet – sluggishly

Autobuzul s-a miscat incet.

The bus moved sluggishly.

8- frumos – beautifully

Maria scrie frumos.

Maria writes beautifully.

9- repede – quickly

Vă rugăm să scrie la această adresă repede.

Please write to this address quickly.

10- oribil – horribly

Sunt sigur că totul se va termina oribil.

I’m sure everything will go horribly wrong.

11- Groaznic – terribly

E groaznic de trist.

It’s so horribly sad.

12- prietenește – jovially

S-a purtat prietenește cu tine?

He was friendly to you?

13- cu precizie – accurately

Acești parametri trebuie să fie înregistrați cu precizie.

These parameters should be recorded accurately. 

9. Emotional Adverbs

Joyful Mother and Child

Describing your emotions with adjectives is a great beginner exercise. Not many people would think to describe actions caused by those emotions!

1- inteligent – cleverly

Ai făcut-o foarte inteligent.

You did it very cleverly.

2- eficient – Efficiently

Îi omori cât poți de eficient.

Kill them as efficiently as possible.

3- Nervos – Nervously

Dominic s-a ridicat, nervos.

Domenic stood up, nervously.

4- cu lăcomie – Hungrily

Mă privești cu lăcomie.

You are gazing hungrily at me.

5- Furios – Angrily

El se uită furios.

He’s staring angrily.

6- Politicos – Politely

Ea asculta foarte politicos.

She’s listening very politely.

7- Sincer – Honestly

Spune-mi, sincer, ce ai pe suflet.

Tell me honestly what’s bothering you.

8- Taraneste – Rudely

I comportat foarte taraneste în acea zi.

I behaved very rudely that day.

9- Slab – weakly

Interacționează foarte slab.

They interact very weakly.

10- zgomotos  – loudly

Poți să nu mergi așa de zgomotos?

Could you not walk so loudly?

11- încet – quietly

El a început sa fredoneze încet.

He began to hum quietly.

10. Conclusion

Excellent work on learning one hundred adverbs! If you read that last sentence and your palms started sweating because you’re not quite ready to show off your Romanian yet, don’t worry.

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