Romanian is said to be one of the hardest languages to understand for speakers of other Romance languages. It shares that honor with French. However, Romanian speakers have fair intelligiblity of Italian. On the other hand, Italians can’t understand much of Romanian. Here is an audio file in Romanian – a woman with a great, sexy voice reciting a beautiful poem. You will ruin the experiment if you look at the text while you listen. I know Spanish fairly well – that is, I can generally communicate orally with Spanish speakers. However, out of the 107 words in this poem, I think I understood 2 of them. That’s If you know Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese or another Romance language, listen to this Romanian audio file and see how much you can get. Even if you can’t understand it, it’s interesting to hear it spoken.
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