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Romanian Survival Phrases. Season 2. Lesson 4: Where Can I Find This in Romanian?
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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Have you ever been in a city you didn’t know at all, desperately searching for something you couldn’t find? I certainly have! I wandered around without knowing where to find a bus ticket, a phone, or even a restroom! But don’t worry – with our Survival Phrases, you’ll always be able to get the information or help in Romania.
In this lesson we’ll introduce you to phrases that will help you track down whatever you need.
BODY
“Where do I find (blank) ?” in Romanian is
Unde găsesc (blank)?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Un-de gă-sesc (blank)?
One more time:
Unde găsesc (blank)?
The first word, unde, means “where.”
(slow)Un-de.
Unde.
Next we have găsesc, a form of the verb translated in English as “to find”.
(slow) Gă-sesc.
Găsesc.
Then you add the item or place you’re looking for.
All together that’s
(slow) Un-de gă-sesc (blank)?
Once more:
Unde găsesc (blank)?
Let’s look for some things you might need to find when traveling abroad. Imagine you’re walking around in Bucharest and you need a bus ticket. In this case all you have to do is add the item you’re searching for after Unde găsesc.
“Where can I find bus tickets?” in Romanian is
Unde găsesc bilete de autobuz?
Bilete is the plural form of bilet and means “tickets.”
What if you’re in a supermarket and you can’t find the water. In that case, ask:
Unde găsesc apa? “Where do I find the water?”
(slow) Un-de gă-sesc a-pa?
Unde găsesc apa?
The word apa means “water.”
(slow) a-pa
apa
With this structure, you can find anything you’re looking for.
Another phrase that will be helpful is: Unde este? translated as “Where is?” Use this phrase when asking for the things you’re looking for and also for finding a location. Imagine you’re looking for the subway station. “Where is the subway station?” would be Unde este staţia de metrou?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Un-de es-te sta-ţi-a de me-trou?
Again at natural speed:
Unde este staţia de metrou?
The first word is unde means “where.”
The next word, este is a form of the verb which means “to be”.
Next we have staţia which means “the station”.
(slow) Sta-ţi-a.
Staţia.
At the end there is de metrou, literally translated as “of subway”.
(slow) De me-trou.
De metrou.
The whole phrase means
“Where is the subway station?”
Unde este staţia de metrou?
To ask about something else, just replace staţia de metrou with the item you’re looking for, and people will understand you perfectly. For example, let’s ask
“Where is the movie theater?”
Unde este cinematograful?
(slow) Un-de es-te ci-ne-ma-to-gra-ful?
Unde este cinematograful?
The word cinematograful means “the movie theater”, or “cinema”.
(slow) Ci-ne-ma-to-gra-ful.
Cinematograful.
Replace the word cinematograful with any other location and this simple little question will definitely help you find what you want.
Lastly, remember that you can add the phrase for “excuse me”, mă scuzați, before the question, to make it more polite:
“Excuse me, where is the cinema?”
Mă scuzați unde găsesc cinematograful?
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.
“Where do I find (blank)?”
(3 sec) Unde găsesc (blank)?
(slow) Un-de gă-sesc (blank)?
Unde găsesc (blank)?
“Where do I find bus tickets?”
(3 sec) Unde găsesc bilete de autobuz?
(slow) Un-de gă-sesc bi-le-te de a-u-to-buz?
Unde găsesc bilete de autobuz?
“Where do I find water?”
(3 sec) Unde găsesc apa?
(slow) Un-de gă-sesc a-pa?
Unde găsesc apa?
“Where is (blank)?”
(3 sec) Unde este (blank)?
(slow) Un-de es-te (blank)?
Unde este (blank)?
“Where is the subway station?”
(3 sec) Unde este staţia de metrou?
(slow) Un-de es-te sta-ţi-a de me-trou?
Unde este staţia de metrou?
“Where is the movie theater?”
(3 sec) Unde este cinematograful?
(slow) Un-de es-te ci-ne-ma-to-gra-ful?
Unde este cinematograful?

Outro

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Hi listeners! Have you ever been in need of finding something in Romania?