The Romanian language is a Romance language with few Slavic influences. It is similar to French, Italian
and other languages that have their roots in Latin, though the pronunciation might seem difficult. In Romanian every letter in a word it is clearly spelled and pronounced, unlike other languages where the spelling is different from pronunciation. If you speak a Latin language Romanian can be easier for you, as it is a phonetic language.
Most Romanian people know English, including the staff at Le Boutique Hotel Moxa. However, when you travel to Romania you might want to know these common phrases. To hear how they sound you can copy the phrase in Romanian here and click the left bottom speaker icon that says “listen”.
Good day in English is Bună ziua in Romanian and here’s a way of pronunciation: BOO-nuh ZEE-wah
Good Morning in English is Bună dimineaţa in Romanian: BOO-nuh dee-mee-NYAH-tsah
Good Evening in English is Bună seara in Romanian: BOO-nuh SYAH-rah
Good Night (only said when going to bed) in English is Noapte bună in Romanian: NWAHP-teh BOO-nuh
How are you? (informal) in English is Ce mai faci? In Romanian: cheh my fahch?
Fine in English is Bine in Romanian: BEE-neh
Thank you in English is Mulţumesc in Romanian: mool-tsoo-mesk
You're welcome in English is Cu plăcere in Romanian: coo pluh-cheh-reh
Yes is Da: dah
No is Nu: noo
Nice to meet you in English is Imi pare bine in Romanian:um PAH-reh BEE-neh
Phrases to know in Bucharest
I am lost in English is M-am rătăcit in Romanian: mahm ruh-tuh-cheet
Where the... in English is is Unde este... in Romanian (followed by what you want to ask): OOHN-deh YES-the:
Where is ...the train station? Unde este...gara?: OOHN-deh YES-the gah-rah
Where is...the bathroom? Unde este...toaleta? OOHN-deh YES-the twah-LET-ah
Where is...the hotel? Unde este...hotelul? OOHN-deh YES-the hoh-TEL-ool
Where is the…airport? Unde este aeroportul? OOHN-deh YES-the air-port-ool
I have lost my... Mi-am pierdut... in Romanian: mee-ahm pyehr-DOOT
I have lost...glasses Mi-am pierdut...ochelarii: mee-ahm pyehr-DOOT OH-keh-LAHR-ee
I have lost...wallet Mi-am pierdut...portofelul: mee-ahm pyehr-DOOT POR-toh-FEL-ool
These phrases might help you as well (EN → RO):
(To hear the pronunciation go here and copy-paste the Romanian phrase.)
I can't speak Romanian Nu vorbesc româneşte
Do you speak English? - Vorbiţi engleză?
Is there someone here who speaks English? - Vorbeşte cineva aici engleză?