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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.
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In the last lesson, you learned how to make a reservation in a restaurant. Now that you know how to get a table, you have another big issue to tackle. If you want to enjoy your meal, the smoking issue is very important. If you are a smoker in a non-smoking establishment or a non-smoker in a smoking establishment, this could ruin your meal.
In this lesson, we'll cover how to ask for a smoking or non-smoking table.
BODY
First we will imagine that you are a smoker. Before entering a restaurant, you need to ask, “Excuse me, is smoking allowed here?”:
Mă scuzați, se fumează aici?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Mă scu-zați, se fu-mea-ză a-ici?
Once more:
Mă scuzați, se fumează aici?
Mă scuzați, as we have seen, means “Excuse me.”
(slow) Mă scu-zați.
Mă scuzați.
We follow this with se fumează, which is translated as “to smoke”.
(slow) Se fu-mea-ză.
Se fumează.
And next, aici, which means “here”.
(slow) A-ici.
Aici.
Here’s the whole sentence:
Mă scuzați, se fumează aici?
(slow) Mă scu-zați se fu-mea-ză a-ici?
The answer to this question is simple: Da se fumează meaning “Yes, smoking is allowed” or Nu, nu se fumează meaning “No, smoking is not allowed”.
Let’s break those down:
(slow) Da, se fu-mea-ză.
Da, se fumează.
(slow) Nu, nu se fu-mea-ză.
Nu, nu se fumează.
Now let’s imagine you don’t smoke. In this case, when you get to the restaurant, you should ask: ”Do you have tables for non-smokers?”
Aveți mese pentru nefumători?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) A-veți me-se pen-tru ne-fu-mă-tori?
Once more at natural speed:
Aveți mese pentru nefumători?
Aveți is a form of the verb which means “to have”
(slow) Aveți.
Aveți.
Mese means “tables”
(slow) Me-se
Mese
Pentru means “for.”
(slow) Pen-tru
Pentru
And the word nefumători is translated as “non smokers”.
(slow) Ne-fu-mă-tori
Nefumători.
The whole question is:
Aveți mese pentru nefumători?
(slow) Aveți me-se pen-tru ne-fu-mă-tori?
Once more:
Aveți mese pentru nefumători?
Now let’s go over the possible answers to this question. If it’s a positive answer, you might hear
Da avem and if the answer is negative, you might hear Nu, nu avem.
In these expressions:
Da means “yes”
Nu means “no” and
Avem is a conjugated form of the verb a avea translated as “to have”.
(slow) A-vem.
Avem.
Let’s hear the expressions again:
“Yes, we do.” (Literally: Yes, we have.)
(slow) Da avem.
Da avem.
“No, we don’t.” (Literally: No, we don’t have.)
(slow) Nu, nu avem.
Nu, nu avem.
When the answer is negative, you will also hear “we are sorry” attached to nu avem. The phrase will sound like this: Ne cerem scuze, nu avem.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Ne ce-rem scu-ze, nu a-vem.
Once more at natural speed:
Ne cerem scuze, nu avem.
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.
“Excuse me, is smoking allowed here?”
(3 sec) Mă scuzați, se fumează aici?
(slow) Mă scu-zați, se fu-mea-ză a-ici?
Mă scuzați, se fumează aici?
“Yes, smoking is allowed.”
(3 sec) Da se fumează.
(slow) Da se fu-mea-ză.
Da se fumează.
“No, smoking is not allowed.”
(3 sec) Nu, nu se fumează.
(slow) Nu, nu se fu-mea-ză.
Nu, nu se fumează.
“Do you have tables for non-smokers?”
(3 sec) Aveți mese pentru nefumători?
(slow) A-veți me-se pen-tru ne-fu-mă-tori?
Aveți mese pentru nefumători?
“Yes, we do.” (Literally: Yes, we have.)
(3 sec) Da avem.
(slow) Da a-vem.
Da avem.
“No, we don’t.” (Literally: No, we don’t have.)
(3 sec) Nu, nu avem.
(slow) Nu, nu a-vem.
Nu, nu avem.
“We are sorry. We don’t have.”
(3 sec) Ne cerem scuze, nu avem
(slow) Ne cerem scuze, nu avem
Ne cerem scuze, nu avem

Outro

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