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Romanian Survival Phrases. Season 2. Lesson 11: Read Romanian Instantly! No Knowledge of Romanian Required
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.
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In the previous lessons, we introduced you to some phrases you can use when you’re in Romania, and this is the last lesson of the series dedicated to learning from the people around you. In this lesson, we are going to cover “How do you read this?”
BODY
In Romanian “How do you read this word?” is
Cum se citeşte acest cuvânt?
Let’s break it down:
(slow)Cum se ci-teş-te a-cest cu-vânt?
Once more:
Cum se citeşte acest cuvânt?
The first word, cum, means “how.”
(slow) Cum.
Cum.
Next we have se citeşte, translated in English as “to read”.
(slow) Se ci-teş-te.
Se citeşte.
Then we have acest, the masculine form for “this”.
(slow) A-cest.
Acest.
At the end we have cuvânt which means “word”.
The entire sentence again is:
(slow) Cum se ci-teş-te a-cest cu-vânt?
Cum se citeşte acest cuvânt?
You might also like to ask, “How do you pronounce this word?” In Romanian, it’s Cum se pronunţă acest cuvânt?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Cum se pro-nun-ţă a-cest cu-vânt?
Once more:
Cum se pronunţă acest cuvânt?
The new word in this question is pronunţă, which is a form of the verb translated as “to pronounce”.
(slow) Pro-nun-ță.
Pronunță.
Let’s break the whole question down:
(slow) Cum se pro-nun-ţă a-cest cu-vânt?
Once more:
Cum se pronunţă acest cuvânt?
The literal translation is: “How to pronounce this word”.
When you want to find out the meaning of the word or phrase, ask:
Ce înseamnă aceasta?
“What does it mean?”
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Ce în-seam-nă a-ceas-ta?
Once again:
Ce înseamnă aceasta?
The first word, ce, means “what”.
(slow) Ce.
Ce.
Next we have înseamnă, a form of the verb that is translated as “to mean”.
(slow) În-seam-nă.
Înseamnă.
At the end we have aceasta, which means “this” (the feminine form).
All together, we have
Ce înseamnă aceasta?
Or, “What does it mean?”
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.
How do you read this word?”
(3 sec) Cum se citeşte acest cuvânt?
(slow) Cum se ci-teş-te a-cest cu-vânt?
Cum se citeşte acest cuvânt?
“How do you pronounce this word?”
(3 sec) Cum se pronunţă acest cuvânt?
(slow) Cum se pro-nun-ţă a-cest cu-vânt?
Cum se pronunţă acest cuvânt?
“What does this mean?”
( 3 sec) Ce înseamnă aceasta?
(slow) Ce în-seam-nă a-cea-sta?
Ce înseamnă aceasta?

Outro

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi listeners! Can you read Romanian easily?

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I like to describe my prowess as "a work in progress." 😎