You probably don't realize that you know some Romanian. Well, Easiest Foreign Languages will reveal that you already know quite a bit of Romanian, because many Romanian words look like English.
Easiest foreign languages have many words similar to your native language.
For English-speakers, Romanian is one of the easiest languages because it is one of the Romance languages [from Roman Latin] – which are Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Romanian – all of which have many words similar to English.
In each language, the parts similar to English can be called Easiest Romanian, Easiest Spanish, Easiest Italian, Easiest French, and Easiest Portuguese. These are the words of each language that are similar to English.
Each Easiest Foreign Language has thousands of words similar to English, including Romanian.
The Easiest Romanian words, which are similar to English, will make learning Romanian language easier for you.
Learning a foreign language is never EASY.
But some foreign languages are EASIER than others.
Romanian, surprisingly, with many words like English, is one of the EASIEST.
Many Romanian words are spelled exactly like English. Even more Romanian words are spelled slightly different than English, but Foreign Language look related.
Almost all the sounds in Romanian are similar to English. Romanian is easy to pronounce because all the letters are pronounced [since it is a phonetic language.] This is another reason Romanian is an Easiest Foreign Language.
Discover how much you know about Easiest Romanian just because you know English. You will recognize more Romanian words than you realize.
Since so many Romanian words resemble English, it makes sense to take advantage of your entire lifetime experience with those related words. If you are an English-speaker, you have spent years with these English words that resemble Romanian words. You know how to pronounce them, what they mean, how to use them in conversation, all without thinking about them consciously. Think a thought and these words spring to mind. So will their Romanian relatives, perhaps just a little more slowly.
Find out all the ways Easiest Romanian is similar to English, before starting to struggle with the differences.
A thousand Romanian words similar to English are easier to remember than ten foreign Romanian words unrelated to English.
If you've traveled to countries like Japan or China with difficult languages much different than English, like Japanese or Chinese, you know how hard it is as an English speaker to learn and remember even a few of those foreign words in difficult languages unrelated to English.
Romanian is similar to Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French because all those languages originated from the Latin language brought by Roman colonists to each of those countries in Roman times.
Romanian Words That Don’t Match Equivalents In Other Romance Languages
From linguist John McWhorter’s book, What Language Is
Of the five major Romance languages, Romanian is the odd one out [so to speak].
After some experience with French, Spanish, Italian, and / or Portuguese, take a crack at Romanian or even just try to read some, and it turns out to be…full of words that don’t match with their equivalents in the other [Romance] languages.
You’re used to words like aimer, amar, and amare for love, only to find that the Romanian word is iubi.
You’re waiting for a word like temps or tiempo for time, but instead it’s some word seemingly out of nowhere, like ceas.
A Romanian I once knew had mixed feelings about this. She had learned enough French to notice that most of the words were familiar from her language, but that so very many were not.
She wanted to know why, and I told her that it was because Romanian had developed farther to the east than French, among people who also spoke Slavic languages.
The Romanian case seems remarkable only because it’s the odd man out in its group [of Romance languages], as an accident of geography.
Iubi for love is cognate to words like Russian’s ljubit’ (just shave off the l), and that the ceas word for time seems less odd when we know that the way to ask the time in Russian is kotoryj ĉas?, “which time?”
The Slavic flavor of Romanian is perhaps most neatly encapsulated in the simple fact that the word for yes is da.