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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.
This lesson will teach you how to refuse in Romanian. There are many situations in our daily life when we want to refuse, such as when we don’t like or want something. Other than that , Romanians consider refusing as a form of being polite, in which case refusing becomes good manners. When someone gives an unexpected present and the gift seems to be too expensive, refusing is considered the proper thing to do in Romanian culture.
BODY
In Romanian, “No thank you” is:
Nu mulţumesc.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Nu mul-ţu-mesc.
Once more:
Nu mulţumesc.
The first word nu means “no”, and after that comes mulțumesc which means “thank you”.
(slow) Mul-ţu-mesc.
Mulţumesc.
Let’s hear the expression again:
Nu mulţumesc.
(slow) Nu mul-ţu-mesc.
This expression is the equivalent of “No, thank you!” and it is used in the same situations as in English.
When you feel that what was offered to you is too much, say Este prea mult .
Let’s hear that again:
(slow) Es-te prea mult.
Este prea mult.
In this sentence, the word este is a form of the verb that means “to be”.
(slow) Este.
Este.
Next we have prea mult which is translated as “too much”.
(slow) Prea mult.
Prea mult.
Let’s hear the phrase one more time.
(slow) Es-te prea mult.
Este prea mult.
The translation is “It is too much”.
A combination between the two expressions we just covered is also possible – Nu mulţumesc, este prea mult.
During your stay in Romania, you may be invited to people’s houses. In most of the cases you will be offered food. There is a custom in Romania of offering more food when the guest is about to finish eating everything that is on his or her plate. You may feel like saying: “Thank you, but I can’t eat anymore”.
Mulţumesc dar nu mai pot mânca.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Mul-ţu-mesc dar nu mai pot mân-ca.
Once more:
Mulţumesc dar nu mai pot mânca.
In this sentence, mulţumesc means “thank you”.
Dar means ”but”.
(slow) Dar.
Dar.
Nu mai pot is translated as “can not anymore”.
(slow) Nu mai pot.
Nu mai pot.
And mânca is a form of the verb that means “to eat”.
(slow) Mân-ca.
Mânca.
(slow) Mul-ţu-mesc dar nu mai pot mân-ca.
Mulţumesc dar nu mai pot mânca.
“Thank you but I can not eat anymore.”
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.
“No, thank you.”
(3 sec) Nu mulţumesc.
(slow) Nu mul-ţu-mesc.
Nu mulţumesc.
“It is too much.”
(3 sec) Este prea mult.
(slow) Es-te prea mult.
Este prea mult.
“Thank you, but I can’t eat anymore”.
(3 sec) Mulţumesc dar nu mai pot mânca.
(slow) Mul-ţu-mesc dar nu mai pot mân-ca.
Mulţumesc dar nu mai pot mânca.

Outro

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi listeners! Let's practice accepting and refusing here!

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Friday at 10:24 pm
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Bună Carmella,


Thank you for your feedback. If you have any suggestions for our lessons or any questions, please let us know. 👍👍


Cheers,

Mika

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Carmella Foster
Friday at 7:41 am
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😄 I like that we learn the full usefulness of this phrase, were being well mannered when being able to turn things down.

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Monday at 9:16 pm
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Bună Chris,


Actually ”e” before ”a” is pronounced, but it as a very soft sound that you can barely hear. The group ”ea” can be like the sound in the word ”chatting”, the ”cha” but without the ”c” letter in it. I am not sure how to explain it, but I am trying to give you examples so you can understand easily.


And about the Linux part, I am so sorry but I have no idea how Linux works, so I am afraid I am not able to help you with this. 😞


I really hope you will fix this problem soon.


Hugs,

Mika

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Christiaan.
Tuesday at 10:07 pm
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Bună,

I am a little confused about pronunciation.

I always hear on apps and here in these lessons,

that 'e' before 'a' is not pronounced. I recently downloaded an app

on which they do pronounce always the 'e' before 'a'.

Isn't it so that before any vowel 'e' is not said? Except "ei" I guess?

So if you could tell me how it actually is about :)


Something else; I read here this answer from Mika to Paula:

If you are actually referring to diacritics, so you can write correctly ă, â, ț, ș, etc., you should open the control panel on your computer, add a new language to your input methods. Select Română ( Romania ), hit the okay button and there you go. You should be able to find on your keyboard every diacritic used in Romanian language, so you can write correctly.

My problem related to this topic is that I am not on Windows. I am on Linux.

Unfortunately is Linux complex for me to use but the pc technician installed it because it much safer against hacker and virus.

I'm not surprised, but back to the point... Do you know HOW and WHERE on Linux I can install the Romanian Keyboard.

Before on Windows I had a keyboard system that gave me QWERTY keyboard that changed into the preferred language.

Sorry for this long message. I hope you can help me with my questions / problems 😇

Mulţumesc mult,

Christiaan ( or Chris, if you prefer 😄 )

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Monday at 8:42 pm
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Bună Paula,


If you are actually referring to diacritics, so you can write correctly ă, â, ț, ș, etc., you should open the control panel on your computer, add a new language to your input methods. Select Română ( Romania ), hit the okay button and there you go. You should be able to find on your keyboard every diacritic used in Romanian language, so you can write correctly.


I hope this was useful to you. If you have more questions, please feel free to ask us.


Thank you,

Mika

Team RomanianPod101.com

Paula
Tuesday at 9:29 pm
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How do I get accents on my keyboard to make the writing correct

Raluca
Wednesday at 12:55 pm
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Salut Houssem,


Ce mai faci? Ești bine?


I'm happy that you found the lesson useful. I checked the PDF again, you are right, nice catch.:thumbsup: I will let the team know.


Pe curând!

Raluca

Houssem
Saturday at 7:49 pm
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Hello,

Thank you so much for this lesson buy the way i noticed that there is a repetition in the pdf notes in Sample Sentences section: Nu mai pot mânca repeated twice and the same thing for Prea mult.