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Romanian Survival Phrases. Season 2. Lesson 22: Asking for Help in Romanian
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 this lesson, we’ll introduce you to some phrases that we hope you won’t have to use. While violence is not prevalent in the country, when traveling to Romania you should always be careful. In addition, this phrase is not limited to threatening situations, but you can also use it if you or someone around you is in need of immediate assistance. In this lesson, we’ll learn how to call for help.
In Romania, “Help!” is
Now let’s hear it again.
Ajutor! Literally, this means, “Help”.
The emergency phone number in Romania is 112 and is used for police, ambulance, fire brigade, or military police force. You can call from a public phone or from a cell phone. It’s free of charge.
“Call the emergency number!” in Romanian is Sunaţi la urgenţă!
(slow) Su-naţi la ur-gen-ţă!
Sunaţi la urgenţă!
The first word, sunaţi, is a form of the verb that means “to ring”or “to call”. It refers to a phone call.
(slow) Su-naţi.
The second word la means “at” or “to”.
(slow) La.
At the end we have urgenţă, which means “emergency”.
(slow) Ur-gen-ţă.
The whole expression is Sunaţi la urgenţă!
Literally translated as “Call to emergency!”
If you need to call the police you’ll have to say: “Call the police!”
In Romanian, that is Sunaţi poliţia!
The second word poliţia means “the police”.
(slow) Po-li-ţi-a.
Let’s hear the entire sentence again:
Sunaţi poliţia!
If you need to call the fire department, say:
Sunaţi pompierii!
(slow) Su-naţi pom-pi-e-rii!
The word pompierii is literally translated as “the firemen”.
(slow) Pom-pi-e-rii.
The whole expression one more time is:
Sunaţi pompierii!
Literally translated as “Call the firemen!”
Another useful expression is “Call the ambulance”.
Sunaţi ambulanţa!
(slow) Su-naţi am-bu-lan-ţa!
The word ambulanţa means “the ambulance”.
(slow) Am-bu-lan-ţa.
The whole sentence is Sunaţi ambulanţa.
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.
(3 sec)Ajutor!
“Call the emergency number!”
(3 sec) Sunaţi la urgenţă!
(slow) Su-naţi la ur-gen-ţă!
Sunaţi la urgenţă!
“Call the police!”
(3 sec) Sunaţi poliţia!
(slow) Su-naţi po-li-ţi-a!
Sunaţi poliţia!
“Call the firemen!”
(3 sec)Sunaţi pompierii!
(slow) Su-naţi pom-pi-e-rii!
Sunaţi pompierii!
“Call the ambulance!”
(3 sec) Sunaţi ambulanţa!
(slow) Su-naţi am-bu-lan-ţa!
Sunaţi ambulanţa!


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Hi listeners! I hope you'll never have to use these sentences! Have you ever met this situation?