Easiest Romanian Phrases

Easiest Romanian Phrases feature words similar to English that will enable you to understand what is meant.

Use the spelling and/or sound of each word similar to English to help you figure out its meaning.

After single words in Romanian spelled like English, a good next step is short phrases of several words similar to English. To keep it easiest these are phrases, but not sentences like in Phrase Books for Travel. Sentences may have too many words to deal with when you are just beginning.

From the key words similar to English you should be able to make out the meanings of the other Romanian connecting words that are not similar to English. Use the words similar to English as clues to the meanings of the other Romanian words. Try to just get the overall meaning of each phrase without trying to translate each unfamiliar Romanian word. Many are like phrases in English that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

The foreign version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize foreign words similar to ones in English -- and deduce what the foreign words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

These phrases in Romanian are followed by the English words that would be a good guess using as clues the Romanian words similar to English. So as a result these are rough translations of the Romanian phrases, which may not be the exact meanings, but will be close enough that you could deduce what is meant.

After the Romanian and English versions of each phrase is the pronunciation of the Romanian phrase.

The easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use on your trip to Romania, you can try to pronounce them, which is not easiest.

Consider each phrase as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. Try to guess what each Romanian phrase means without looking at the rough English version. See how far down the list you can get.




alergic la antibiotic -- allergic to antibiotic -- [a-ler-JEEK la an-tee-bee-O-teek]

alergic la polen -- allergic to pollen -- [a-ler-JEE la po-LEN]

alergie la polen -- allergy to pollen -- [a-ler-JEE-eh la po-LEN]

anulez reservarea -- cancel a reservation -- [a-noo-LEZ re-zer-VA-reh-a]

apartament cu balcon -- apartment with a balcony -- [a-par-ta-MENT koo bal-KON]

baby sitter -- babysitter -- [‘babysitter’]

business class -- business class -- [‘business class’]

café-bar -- café bar -- [‘café-bar’]

compact disc -- compact disc -- [‘compact’ deesk]

compact disc player -- compact disc player -- [‘compact’ deesk ‘player’]

confirm reservarea -- confirm a reservation -- [kon-FEERM re-zer-VA-reh-a]

connectez la internet -- access the internet -- [ko-nek-TEZ la een-ter-NET]

departament de arta -- department of art -- [de-par-ta-MENT deh AR-ta]

departament de arheologia -- department of archeology -- [de-par-ta-MENT deh ar-he-o-lo-JEE-a]

departament de geologia -- department of geology -- [de-par-ta-MENT deh je-o-lo-JEE-a]

departament de istoria -- department of history -- [de-par-ta-MENT de ees-TO-rya]

disc de film -- disc film -- [deesk deh feelm]

doua persoane -- two persons -- [DO-wa per-SWA-neh]

este obligatorie -- is obligatory (required) -- [YES-teh o-blee-ga-TO-ree-eh]

este permis -- is permitted -- [YES-teh per-MEES]

extralarg -- extra large (XL) -- [EX-tra-larg]

în august -- in August -- [uhn OW-goost]

în centru -- in the center/centre (of town) -- [uhn CHEN-troo]

în hotel -- in the hotel -- [uhn ‘hotel’]

în meniu -- on the menu -- [uhn me-NEE-oo]

internet-cafe -- internet cafe -- [een-ter-NET-‘café’]

internet inclus -- internet included -- [een-ter-NET een-KLOOS]

mixed grill -- mixed grill -- [‘mixed grill’]

oficiul de turism -- office of tourism -- [o-FEE-chee-ool deh too-REESM]

pereche de sandale -- pair of sandals -- [pe-RE-keh deh san-DA-leh]

primul tren -- first train -- [PREE-mool tren]

recomanda o excursie -- recommend an excursion -- [re-ko-man-DA oh ex-KOOR-see-eh]

recomanda un restaurant -- recommend a restaurant -- [re-ko-man-DA oon res-tau-RANT]

restaurant în hotel -- restaurant in the hotel -- [res-tau-RANT uhn ‘hotel’]

rezervat un apartament -- reserved an apartment -- [re-zer-VAT oon a-par-ta-MENT]

snack bar -- snack bar -- [‘snack bar’]

taxa inclus -- tax included -- [TAK-sa een-KLOOS]

trei minute -- three minutes -- [tray mee-NOO-teh]

trei persoane -- three persons -- [tray per-SWA-neh]

un milion -- one million -- [oon mee-lee-ON]

vitamine tablete -- vitamin tablets -- [vee-ta-MEE-neh ta-BLE-teh]



Some Romanian phrases have words in a different order than they would be in English, but in spite of this you should be able to understand what the following phrases mean.

In Romanian, adjectives often follow the nouns, whereas in English adjectives usually precede the nouns they modify.


adresa mea -- my address -- [a-DRE-sa ME-a]

Africa de Sud -- South Africa -- [‘africa’ deh sood]

America de Nord -- North America -- [‘america’ deh nord]

America de Sud -- South America -- [‘america’ deh sood]

bandaj elastic -- elastic bandage -- [ban-DAZH ‘elastic’]

cabinele de bagaje -- baggage locker -- [ka-BEE-ne-leh deh ba-GAZH-eh]

cabinet dentar -- dentist’s office -- [ka-bee-NET den-TAR]

cabinet medical -- doctor’s office -- [ka-bee-NET me-dee-KAL]

card de memorie -- memory card -- [‘card’ deh me-MO-ree-eh]

cec personal -- personal check -- [‘check’ per-so-NAL]

centrul comercial principal -- principal shopping center -- [CHEHN-trool kohm-mehr-chee-AL preen-chee-PAL]

certificat medical -- medical certificate -- [cher-tee-fee-KAT me-dee-KAL]

clasa a doua -- second class -- [KLA-sa a DO-wa]

cocteil de fructe -- fruit cocktail -- [kok-TAYL deh FROOK-teh]

cont bancar -- bank account -- [kont ban-KAR]

carte de credit -- credit card -- [KAR-teh deh-KRE-deet]

centrul comercial -- shopping center -- [CHEHN-trool kohm-mehr-chee-AL]

centrul comercial principal -- principal shopping center -- [CHEHN-trool kohm-mehr-chee-AL preen-chee-PAL]

crampe la stomac -- stomach cramps -- [KRAM-peh la sto-MAK]

echipament de schi -- ski equipment -- [e-kee-pa-MENT deh ‘ski’]

echipament de sport -- sports equipment -- [e-kee-pa-MENT deh ‘sport’]

examen general -- general examination -- [ex-a-men je-ne-RAL]

familia mea -- my family -- [fa-mee-lee-ah ME-ah]

farmacie non stop -- 24 hour pharmacy -- [fahr-ma-CHEE-eh ‘non stop’]

film color -- color film -- [feelm ko-LOR]

folie de aluminiu -- aluminum foil -- [FO-lee deh a-loo-MEE-nyoo]

gaz butan -- butane gas -- [gaz boo-TAN]

ghid turistic -- tourist guide -- [geed too-REES-teek]

în contul meu -- into my account -- [uhn KON-tool me-oo]

lentile de contact -- contact lenses -- [len-TEE-leh deh kon-TACT]

meci de box -- boxing match -- [mechy deh box]

meniu special -- special menu -- [me-NEE-oo spe-CHAL]

numele meu -- my name -- [NOO-me-leh me-oo]

palatul regal -- royal palace -- [pa-LA-tool re-GAL]

persoane invalide -- disabled persons -- [per-SWA-neh een-va-LEE-deh]

rachete de tenis -- tennis rackets -- [ra-KE-teh deh ‘tennis’]

radio portabil -- portable radio -- [‘radio’ por-TA-beel]

reservare la hotel -- hotel reservation -- [re-ser-VA-reh la ‘hotel’]

sos de piper -- pepper sauce -- [sos de pee-PER]

spray contra insectelor -- insect repellent spray -- [‘spray’ ‘contra’ een-SEK-te-lor]

Statele Unite -- United States -- [STA-te-leh oo-NEE-teh]

stomac deranjat -- upset stomach -- [sto-MAK de-ran-ZHAT]

telefon mobile -- mobile telephone -- [te-le-FON mo-BEEL]

televizor color -- color television -- [te-le-vee-ZOR ko-LOR]

tren direct -- direct train -- [tren ‘direct’]

tren local -- local train -- [tren ‘local’]

tren rapid -- express train -- [tren ra-PEED]

vagon de dormit -- sleeping car (train) -- [TRE-nool a-CHEHS-tah A-reh va-GOHN deh dor-MEET]

vagon restaurant -- dining car (train) -- [va-GOHN res-tau-RANT]mama mea -- my mama -- [ ‘mama’ ME-ah]



For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest Romanian Sentences at easiest-romanian-sentences.html. There some of these same phrases appear in easy Romanian sentences.

For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest Romanian Sentences.

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