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Basic Bootcamp Season 1, Lesson 4 - Counting from One to Twenty in Romanian
INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, Eric here, and welcome back to RomanianPod101.com. This is Basic Bootcamp Lesson 4, Counting from One to Twenty in Romanian.
Mihai: Bună ziua! Hello everyone! I'm Mihai.
Eric: With us, you'll learn to speak Romanian with fun and effective lessons.
Mihai: We also provide you with cultural insights…
Eric: and tips you won't find in a textbook.
Eric: In this lesson, we will learn about numbers and counting from one to ten in Romanian , and we'll also have a quick look at some of the numbers beyond ten.
Mihai: This conversation takes place in a factory counting items for the inventory.
Eric: What items will we count one by one, Mihai?
Mihai: Wine bottles.
Eric: Let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Raluca: Unu, doi, trei, patru, cinci, şase, şapte, opt, nouă, zece.
Mihai: unsprezece, doisprezece, treisprezece, paisprezece, cincisprezece, şaisprezece, şaptesprezece, optsprezece ,nouăsprezece, douăzeci!
Eric: Let’s listen to the conversation again one time slowly.
Raluca: Unu, doi, trei, patru, cinci, şase, şapte, opt, nouă, zece.
Mihai: unsprezece, doisprezece, treisprezece, paisprezece, cincisprezece, şaisprezece, şaptesprezece, optsprezece ,nouăsprezece, douăzeci!
Eric: Now with the English translation.
Raluca: Unu, doi, trei, patru, cinci, şase, şapte, opt, nouă, zece.
Eric: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Mihai: unsprezece, doisprezece, treisprezece, paisprezece, cincisprezece, şaisprezece, şaptesprezece, optsprezece ,nouăsprezece, douăzeci!
Eric: Eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, and twenty!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Mihai: Okay, so there are not a lot of items in that factory!
Eric: True! Let's say it's a small wine factory.
Mihai: Or it could be someone counting money too.
Eric: Well then, it's not a very productive factory! By the way, the currency in Romania is the leu.
Mihai: There are discussions about changing the Romanian currency to the Euro.
Eric: Because Romania is an EU member. When will that happen?
Mihai: Well Eric.... I can’t tell, because I am not a politician, or an economist, but the newspapers are predicting that it will happen around 2019. However, Romanians have learned not to believe everything we read in the newspapers!
Eric: Will Romanians be happy to see a change to the euro?
Mihai: Well I definitely can’t speak for all Romanians, but my opinion is that it will be difficult if that does happen. On the news we can see that other EU countries have or had hard times with the euro currency
Eric: It’s an interesting topic, but let’s move on to the vocab now.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Mihai: unu [natural native speed]
Eric: one
Mihai: unu [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: unu [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have..
Mihai: doi [natural native speed]
Eric: two
Mihai: doi [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: doi [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have..
Mihai: trei [natural native speed]
Eric: three
Mihai: trei [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: trei [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have..
Mihai: patru [natural native speed]
Eric: four
Mihai: patru [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: patru [natural native speed]
Eric: And last..
Mihai: cinci [natural native speed]
Eric: five
Mihai: cinci [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mihai: cinci [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Eric: Let's take a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Mihai: Okay, now here's what we're going to have you all do.
Eric: No matter where you are, no matter whether you're at home, on the subway, or in your car, we want you to talk to yourself.
Mihai: Yes, don't worry if people think you look crazy.
Eric: Basically, Mihai is going to read out each number, and you have to repeat after him.
Mihai: Okay, here we go. I will read it out and give you time to repeat it aloud after me.
(reads slowly with a two-second break) Unu, meaning “one” doi meaning “two”, trei meaning “three”, patru meaning “four”, cinci meaning “five”, sase meaning “six”, sapte meaning “seven”, opt meaning “eight”, noua meaning “nine”, and zece meaning “ten”.
Eric: Okay, those aren't too hard.
Mihai: No, it only gets a little trickier after your reach ten.
Eric: Yeah. So, after ten, there is...
Mihai: Unsprezece - "eleven." That was a tough one, Eric. Okay, more seriously, the ten numbers after ten are unsprezece meaning “eleven”, doisprezece meaning “twelve”, treisprezece meaning “thirteen”, paisprezece meaning “fourteen”, cincisprezece meaning “fifteen”, şaisprezece meaning “sixteen”, şaptesprezece meaning “seventeen”, optsprezece meaning “eighteen”, nouăsprezece meaning “nineteen”, and douăzeci meaning “twenty”.
Eric: Okay, Mihai is going to read those out and you will repeat after him, just like you did earlier. Here we go.
Mihai: (reads slowly and two-second break in between) unsprezece, doisprezece, treisprezece, paisprezece, cincisprezece, şaisprezece, şaptesprezece, optsprezece ,nouăsprezece, douăzeci"
Eric: So we counted until twenty. Are there any special things we should know about all these numbers, Mihai?

Lesson focus

Mihai: In Romanian, the numbers “one” and “two” have different forms, according to the gender of the noun and if the noun is implied or not.
Eric: That sounds complicated!
Mihai: It’s not so bad if you remember these rules. The number one has four forms, and number two has three forms.
Eric: Let’s hear them.
Mihai: For number one we have unu, un, una, o. Unu and un are masculine forms. O and una are feminine forms.
Eric: What are the rules about using them?
Mihai: We pay attention to the gender of the noun that we are counting, of course. And we have one more rule for the forms of the number one. If the noun is implied, we use unu and una, and if the noun is part of our speech, we use un and o.
Eric: Let’s give some examples.
Mihai: Am doar o carte.
Eric: I have only one book.
Mihai: The noun carte meaning “book” is feminine and part of our phrase. So when counting, we will use. O.
Eric: Do we have another example?
Mihai: Let’s say that I am counting some stars. I will say Una, două, trei...I will not use o but una for expressing the number one.
Eric: Yes, because the stars will only be implied. But if you say the word “star”, how would it be?
Mihai: O stea, două stele
Eric: Meaning “One star,” “two stars…” alright Mihai, can you tell us what happens after twenty?
Mihai: Well, what happens after douăzeci follows the general rules for counting in Romanian.
Eric: That's good. I mean, talking about numbers, you would expect some order, right?
Mihai: Yes. So we take the number “twenty” and şi which means “and” in Romanian, then the numbers from one to nine.
Eric: Here are a few examples.
Mihai: Let's do “twenty-one”, for example. In Romanian this will be douăzeci şi unu for masculine and douăzeci şi una for feminine.
Eric: All numbers with the numerals one and two have masculine and feminine forms. So “twenty-two” will be...
Mihai: Douăzeci şi doi for masculine and douăzeci şi două for feminine. Next we have “twenty-three” which is douăzeci şi trei, then “twenty-four” which is douăzeci şi patru, then douăzeci şi cinci which is “twenty-five”.
Eric: What about “thirty-three,” for example?
Mihai: It will be treizeci şi trei, and “forty-three” will be patruzeci şi trei.
Eric: This seems pretty easy. And it will be the general rule until “ninety-nine,” right?
Mihai: Yes. Just remember that for the numbers that have one and two, we have masculine and feminine forms. We add şi after each multiple of ten and then the numbers from one to nine.
Eric: And you're all set to count up to ninety-nine!
Mihai: Yes, once you know the multiples of ten, I mean twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, etc...it is super easy. From ten to twenty it's a bit irregular, but after that, it gets easier. We'll talk more about numbers in another lesson.
Eric: Let's count from twenty-one to twenty nine, just to make sure it all makes sense. Let’s use only the masculine forms for one and two, because that’s what we usually use when you learn how to count in Romanian.
Mihai: Okay, remember that "twenty" is douăzeci. There you go…douăzeci şi unu, douăzeci şi doi, douăzeci şi trei, douăzeci şi patru, douăzeci şi cinci, douăzeci şi şase, douăzeci şi sapte, douăzeci şi opt, and douăzeci şi nouă.
Eric: All right. Now you can all work in a Romanian wine bottle factory!!
Mihai: Oh how lucky...

Outro

Eric: That just about does it for this lesson.
Eric: Now, don't forget to stop by RomanianPod101.com and pick up the lesson notes.
Mihai: The notes contain the conversation transcript,
Eric: vocabulary, sample sentences, a grammar explanation,
Mihai: and a cultural insight section.
Eric: Seeing the Romanian
Mihai: really helps you learn more quickly.
Eric: But don't take our word for it…please have a look for yourself!
Mihai: And let us know what you think!
Eric: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next time.
Mihai: Bye! La revedere!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Can you spell the number 19 in Romanian?

Raluca
Monday at 5:26 am
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Good job Lee!:thumbsup:

You're right! The formal way for 19 is "nouăsprezece" and the informal way is "nouășpe".

How high can you count?:wink:

Lee Cox
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nouăsprezece or nouășpe