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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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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi RomanianPod101.com Listeners! Thank you for joining us at RomanianPod101.com! Why are you studying Romanian? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Petr
Wednesday at 9:30 pm
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Bună Cristiane

Because visited Romania, have their some friends but am not able to speak romanian. There are two main reasons.

The first is that i know a nice person and she has a daughter -she will have soon birthday - and will comunicate with her in Romania because she cannot understand me. (2 years). And knowing well if I will not learn to speak romanian, so the connection will be in the future much more less or end.
Second reason is, want to found there a branch and have to understand Romanian. That is mandatory. And without understanding a language you are like “blind” there and it’s not polite not to understand the language if you’re looking to do business (or live) there and “are not understanding nothing”.
Romania is a very beautiful country and have very nice and polite people there. Looking forward to live there in my retirement.

I can only tell everybody to vist Romania wherever in north, middle, south, or east of România. My experiences with romanian are very well, feeling there more secure as in other countries outside Europe and in Europe. Everywhere in Romania was it clean, secure, polite and there was “live”. I was about that fact very surprised. Yes the roads are not so well or the train wagons, but still a frumos country.

Have very rarely time during the week and only during the night/ midnight I have the possibility to learn. So i can switch of from the daily tasks and do something else positively. If the succes comes than it’s much more better as watching TV😞.

Now I’m very limited here and hope to be at home tomorrow or at the weekend that i can start to learn. Have only my mobile phone and tablet here but not official alowed to use it. I know that im losing than the “7 days” and its boring here. Reason is, I am currently in the intensive care unit.

Oh BTW, I learned few Romanian words around 300 but the system is too complicated and lost according that issue to learn every day. Reason very simple: was and am not able to speak in sentences only as a verb. Also my pronunciation is bad. Was searching to get romanian groups here arround but there are no groups for that kind of interest, only “how they are offering to drive home from …to romania. Thats the reason why I’m starting as a beginner.

Think thats all. La revedere śi pe curând

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Hi Petr,

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Bună,
I’m glad found those romanianpod101.com lessons. Believe if this way of studying romanian will be during all courses so I will be able to communicate in Romanian. That kind i s searching last year according to my possibilities.

Mulțumesc
Petr

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Lol I’m learning Romanian because I’m and adopted romanian girl. I was 1 when it happened and I want to visit my birth mom so I’m learning it now.

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