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Vocabulary

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a mulţumi to thank
mersi thanks
frumos beautiful
foarte very
mult a lot, much

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Grammar

In Romanian, the most simple way of saying "Thank you" is Mulțumesc.

Mulţumesc is a verb, and the dictionary form is a mulţumi, which in English will be translated as "to thank." So literally translated, the word mulțumesc means "thanks."

Another simple and common way of saying "Thank you" isthe French word Mersi pronounced in a Romanian way.

There will be occasions when you will want to express your gratitude in a more polite and appreciative manner. That is when you should use the expression Mulțumesc mult.

Let's break that down:

1. Mulțumesc means "thank you."
2. mult means "a lot" or "much."

The English equivalent for Mulțumesc mult is "Thank you a lot."

For showing deeper gratitude, it is enough to add foarte to the expression Mulțumesc mult so that you get Mulțumesc foarte mult which in English will be translated as "Thank you very much."

The word foarte literally means "very" and mult is translated as "much" or "a lot."

The nicest way of expressing gratitude is Mulțumesc frumos, literally translated as "Thank you beautifully."

The second word frumos, meaning "beautiful," is used to make the phrase familiar and polite at the same time.

Here are another 3 expressions for showing gratitude using the word mersi just by replacing mulțumesc in the expressions we just learned. And we get:

  1. Mersi mult
  2. Mersi foarte mult and
  3. Mersi frumos.

Whether you use mulțumesc or mersi, the meaning stays the same.

Cultural Insights

Quick tip 1


The most common way to say "Thank you" is mulțumesc. Use mulțumesc in any situation, whether formal, informal, special or common, and Romanians will appreciate your effort of speaking their language. Never worry about the person's age or profession. Keep in mind that this word can be used anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. You say mulțumesc when the waiter brings you the food, when somebody does a favor for you, and when you receive a compliment.


Quick tip 2


You will be surprised to see how much the French word mersi is used in Romania. People have different opinions about mersi according to their social status, education, profession and/or where they live. Therefore it is better to avoid using mersi in a business conversation or with older people from the countryside, since they may not understand you. Say mersi to people who have this word in their vocabulary, with friends, and anytime you feel a casual "thank you" is proper to use.


Quick tip 3


Use Mulțumesc mult and Mulțumesc foarte mult when you feel very pleased and thankful. Adding multand foarte mult will not change the politeness level but will show how impressed you are. Remember that Mulțumesc frumos is a familiar expression but very polite at the same time. Use it when you receive a gift, or when your friend's mother serves you a meal, for example.

Lesson Transcript

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INTRODUCTION
Salut, and welcome to Romanian Survival Phrases, brought to you by RomanianPod101.com
This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Romania. You'll be surprised at how far a little Romanian will go.
Now before we jump in, remember to stop by RomanianPod101.com.
There, you’ll find the accompanying PDF lesson notes and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Hello! Bună! My name is Raluca and I'll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course.
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! Romania is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be teaching you simple expressions that are bound to come in handy throughout your trip to Romania. I can’t stress this enough: A little language can go a long way!
BODY
In Romanian, the most simple way of saying “Thank you” is Mulțumesc.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Mul-țu-mesc.
Once more:
Mulțumesc.
Mulţumesc is a verb, and the dictionary form is a mulţumi, which in English will be translated as “to thank”. So literally translated, the word mulțumesc means “thanks”.
Another simple and common way of saying “Thank you” is the french word Mersi pronounced in a Romanian way.
Let’s break that down:
( slow)Mer-si (roll the “r” almost like in Spanish)
Once more:
Mersi
There will be occasions when you will want to express your gratitude in a more polite and appreciative manner. That is when you should use the expression Mulțumesc mult.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Mul-țu-mesc mult.
Once more:
Mulțumesc mult.
The second word mult means “a lot” or “much,” so the English equivalent for Mulțumesc mult is “Thank you a lot”.
For showing deeper gratitude, it is enough to add foarte to the expression Mulțumesc mult so that you get Mulțumesc foarte mult which in English will be translated as “Thank you very much”.
The word foarte literally means “very” and mult is translated as “much” or “a lot”.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Mul-țu-mesc foar-te mult.
Once more:
Mulțumesc foarte mult.
The nicest way of expressing gratitude is Mulțumesc frumos, literally translated as “Thank you beautifully”.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Mul-țu-mesc fru-mos.
Once more:
Mulțumesc frumos.
The second word frumos, meaning “beautiful,” is used to make the phrase familiar and polite at the same time.
(slow) Fru-mos.
Frumos.
Let’s hear the two words one more time.
Mulțumesc frumos.
Here are another 3 expressions for showing gratitude using the word mersi just by replacing mulțumesc in the expressions we just learned. And we get:
Mersi mult
Mersi foarte mult and
Mersi frumos.
Whether you use mulțumesc or mersi, the meaning stays the same.
REVIEW
Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so mult noroc , which means "Good luck!" in Romanian.
“Thank you.”
(3 sec) Mulțumesc.
(slow) Mul-țu-mesc.
Mulțumesc.
“Thanks.”
(3 sec) Mersi.
(slow) Mer-si.
Mersi.
“Thanks a lot.”
(3 sec) Mulțumesc mult.
(slow) Mul-țu-mesc mult.
Mulțumesc mult.
“Thank you very much.”
(3 sec) Mulțumesc foarte mult.
(slow) Mul-țu-mesc foar-te mult.
Mulțumesc foarte mult.
“Thank you beautifully”
(3 sec) Mulțumesc frumos.
(slow) Mul-țu-mesc fru-mos.
Mulțumesc frumos.

Outro

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