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Romanian Survival Phrases. Season 2. Lesson 7: Can You Take My Picture? 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.
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.
In this lesson we’ll introduce a phrase that will surely come in handy for capturing your memories on film or memory card. Romania has many beautiful places, so you’ll definitely want to take a lot of pictures of landscapes and monuments. Sometimes you’ll want to be part of the picture or include someone else too. For those times, the question “Can you take our/my picture?” will be invaluable!
BODY
Let’s imagine first that you want to take a picture with your friends. The question to ask is “Can you take our picture, please?” In Romanian that is:
Puteți să ne faceți o poză, vă rog?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Pu-teți să ne fa-ceți o po-ză, vă rog?
Once more:
Puteți să ne faceți o poză, vă rog?
The first word, puteți, is the present form of the verb that means “to be able to”.
(slow) Pu-teți.
Puteți.
The next words, să ne faceți, can be translated in Romanian as ”to make us”.
(slow) Să ne fa-ceți.
Să ne faceți.
Next we have o poză which means “a picture”.
(slow)O po-ză.
O poză.
And as usual at the end we have vă rog.
All together, that’s
(slow)Pu-teți să ne fa-ceți o po-ză vă rog?
Puteți să ne faceți o poză vă rog?
The phrase we just learned is formal, let’s see how the informal version sounds:
Poți să ne faci o poză?
(slow) Poți să ne faci o po-ză?
Poți să ne faci o poză?
“Can you take our picture?”
If you’re on your own and want to ask someone to take your picture, you can ask:
Puteți să îmi faceți o poză vă rog?
Let’s break this down:
(slow) Pu-teți să îmi fa-ceți o po-ză vă rog?
Again at natural speed:
Puteți să îmi faceți o poză vă rog?
In this sentence, să îmi faceți is translated as “to make me”.
Să îmi faceți o poză.
If there’s no need to be polite, say Poți să îmi faci o poză? This is the informal version of our previous question.
(slow) Poți să îmi faci o po-ză?
Poți să îmi faci o poză?
As you already may have realized, the only change we made was to replace the word ne with îmi and our question changed from the plural to the singular.
Ne is a form of the pronoun “us”, and îmi is a form of the pronoun “I”.
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 you take our picture, please ?” (formal)
(3 sec)Puteți să ne faceți o poză, vă rog?
(slow) Pu-teți să ne fa-ceți o po-ză, vă rog?
Puteți să ne faceți o poză, vă rog?
“Can you take our picture?” (informal)
(3 sec) Poți să ne faci o poză?
(slow) Poți să ne faci o po-ză?
Poți să ne faci o poză?
“Can you take my picture, please?”(formal)
(3 sec) Puteți să îmi faceți o poză vă rog?
(slow) Pu-teți să îmi fa-ceți o po-ză vă rog?
Puteți să îmi faceți o poză vă rog?
“Can you take my picture?” (informal)
(3 sec) Poți să îmi faci o poză?
(slow) Poți să îmi faci o po-ză?
Poți să îmi faci o poză?

Outro

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi listeners! Do you like to have pictures of you in many places?

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Monday at 7:19 pm
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Salut Myreen,


Of course you can add ”te rog” after any request or wish you have. It is also so much more polite. Greetings from Romania!


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Myreen
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Bună seara! Do we get to say "te rog" right after "Poți să ne faci o poză"? Mersi! Salutari din Moldova.