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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.
Finally, you’ve got a seat at a table in a Romanian restaurant. Now it’s time to order!
In this lesson, we'll cover how to ask for a menu and then order your food and drinks.
BODY
Normally you have to catch the waiter’s attention, perhaps by raising your right hand a bit. Then you’ll ask for a menu using Un meniu vă rog.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Un me-niu vă rog.
Once more:
Un meniu vă rog.
Un is the masculine form for “one”
(slow) Un.
Un.
Meniu means “menu”.
(slow) Me-niu.
Me-niu.
And of course, vă rog means “please.”
(slow) Vă rog.
Vă rog.
Here’s the whole expression again:
Un meniu vă rog.
In most of the cases, the waiter or waitress will begin by asking what you’d like to drink:
Doriți ceva de băut?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Do-riți ce-va de bă-ut?
Once more:
Doriți ceva de băut?
Doriți is a form of the verb a dori which in English means “to wish.”
(slow) Doriți.
Doriți.
Ceva means “something”.
(slow) Ce-va.
Ceva
De băut means “for drink”.
(slow) De bă-ut.
De băut.
Again, the whole question is
Doriți ceva de băut?
Now let’s take a look at some typical beverages a Romanian might have:
Apă (“water”)
(slow) A-pă.
Apă.
Bere (“beer”)
(slow) Be-re.
Bere
Vin alb (“white wine”)
(slow) Vin alb.
Vin alb.
Vin roșu (“red wine”)
(slow) Vin ro-șu.
Vin roșu.
Cola (“cola”)
(slow) Co-la.
Cola.
Once you have looked at the menu, you can finally call the waiter for the order.
Now let’s take a look at some good dishes you can find on a typical Romanian menu. They are very common, and you should not miss them if you come to Romania.
Sarmale (“stuffed cabbage rolls”)
(slow) Sar-ma-le.
Sarmale.
Mici (“Grilled minced-meat rolls”)
(slow) Mici.
Mici.
Cârnăciori (“Traditional homemade sausage”)
(slow) Cârnăciori.
Cârnăciori.
When you order, you can just say the name of the dish you want and add vă rog, which means “please.”
Let’s say you want to order white wine and cârnăciori.
You would say this to the waiter:
Vin alb și cârnăciori vă rog.
(slow) Vin alb și cârnăciori vă rog.
Vin alb și cârnăciori vă rog.
In this sentence the word și means “and.”
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.
“Can I have a menu, please?”
(3 sec)Un meniu vă rog.
(slow) Un me-niu vă rog.
Un meniu vă rog.
“What would you like to drink?”
(3 sec) Doriți ceva de băut?
(slow) Do-riți ce-va de bă-ut?
Doriți ceva de băut?
“White wine and sarmale please.”
(3 sec) Vin alb și cârnăciori vă rog.
(slow) Vin alb și câr-nă-ciori vă rog.
Vin alb și cârnăciori vă rog.

Outro

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Hi Listeners! What do you usually order in restaurants?

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Bună seara, Cephorah,


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Buna seara!

Imi place este site !!!

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David
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The order was incorrect, it should have been vin alb si sarmale va rog

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Friday at 10:05 am
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Raluca is my favorite teacher. She pronounces words so they are easily understood.