Listen to the Romanian Language


Romanian as spoken by a Romanian TV announcer. I didn’t understand it when I first heard it. This time I listened right up close and I didn’t have the faintest idea of what she was talking about. If someone told me this was a Romance language, I would tell them that they were joking.

Here is another one, by a young man with thespian tendencies who loves the sound of his own voice and loves to see himself on film. The audio is much better on this one than on the TV announcer. It’s as loud and clear as you need it to be. Nevertheless, I did not have the tiniest clue of what he might be talking about, and I was basically lost in this whole video. It seemed like I might have heard a recent English borrowing or two, but that’s useless if you don’t understand what he is talking about.
Now mind you, I know Spanish quite well, and I also have some knowledge of French, Portuguese and Italian. I can understand Spanish videos fairly well, and I can understand something of Italian and Portuguese videos. French, not so sure. I can read it a bit, but I am pretty lost with the spoken language.
Nevertheless, despite my Romance background, I am utterly lost with Romanian, and not only that, but it doesn’t sound like Spanish, Portuguese, French or Italian.
I have heard a TV announcer speaking Romansch once and if this sounds like anything, it might sound like Romansch.
What does it sound like? No idea. How about Italian mixed with Czech!?

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0 thoughts on “Listen to the Romanian Language”

  1. Romanian is said to be a Romance language (i.e., grammatically) with a largely Slavic vocabulary. Indeed, according to Mario Pei, Romanian has pretty much two sets of vocabularies, one Romance and one Slavic.

  2. Romania is made up of people of Roman/Italic decent who never left SE Europe, as the Roman Empire in the west broke up, it was left isolated from the rest of the Romance languages of Southern & Western Europe. So naturally, it was left to evolve on its own. Also because it was under the Ottoman yoke for centuries & surrounded by slavic neighbors, it couldn’t be helped but develop the way it did.

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