Today, it’s time to hone up our Romanian language skills with some words that you will most likely use during your stay here, even if you’re only visiting for a few days.
I’m talking about greetings and other basic words and phrases that could help you a bit when interacting with locals, give you bragging rights in front of your friends (“I speak Romanian!”) and maybe twist your tongue a little bit, just for fun.
From learning to say Hello and Thank You in Romanian, to asking for directions and other things like that, just read on and take notes. It might sound difficult at first, but your Romanian friends or strangers will surely appreciate it. So let’s get this started!
Learn various greetings and salutes in Romanian
We have various greetings, some easier than others, and we’ll try to go through them all. We’ll start with the basic “Hello” which is usually gender-dependent (as strange as that might sound).
So, if you’re greeting a lady, and you want to go with a casual Hello, you would say to her Buna (boo-nah). If you’re meeting a man, you would say Salut. These both are more informal, meaning Hello or Hi. If unsure what to say, just go with “Buna”.
If you want to keep things more formal and use a phrase that works for all genders, try these:
– Buna dimineata (boo-nah dee-meen-yah-tsah) – Good morning
– Buna ziua (boo-nah zee-wah) – Good day
– Buna seara – Good evening
Again, if you are unsure which of the greetings above to use, go with Buna or Ciao (like in Italian, although the latter is used more often in some areas like the Western parts and rarely in other parts of the country).
When leaving, you have a few options as well, but they are easier in my opinion. (Well, everything seems easy to me). Here are my recommended words:
– Bye Bye – Pa (pah) or Pa-pa (pah-pah). Easy to use in all informal situations, from saying goodbye to friends, to says bye bye at the store, for example.
– See you soon – La revedere or Pe curand.
– Good night! – Noapte buna
Here are some more common phrases in Romanian
If you want to say even more things in Romanian, let’s try the ones below:
– Thank you – Multumesc (mool-tsu-mesk). You can also go with Mersi (like the French Merci), which is a bit more informal.
– You’re welcome – Cu placere
– Have a nice day – O zi frumoasa!
– Bon appetite – Pofta buna!
– Sorry: Pardon or Scuze
– I’m sorry: Imi pare rau
– Excuse me: Scuzati-ma or Ma scuzati
– Please: Te rog (informal) or Va rog (formal)
– Help: Ajutor
– Yes: Da
– No: Nu
– Maybe: Poate
– How are you: Ce mai faci or just Ce faci?
– Nice to meet you: Incantat de cunostinta (if you’re a man) or Incantata de cunostinta (if you’re a woman). Or informally: Imi pare bine
– Cheers (when drinking): Noroc!
– My name is: Ma numesc
– Where is the toilet: Unde este baia?
– Where is the metro station: Unde este statia de metrou?
– Where is the bus station: Unde este statia de autobuz?
– Where is the tram station: Unde este statia de tramvai?
– Where is a nearby ATM: Unde este un bancomat?
OK… I’m all out of ideas right now, so let’s hope that it is enough for today and you have your basic greetings and phrases all in one palce.
Now that you have vastly improved your Romanian language knowledge with all the words and phrases above, you can go more in depth with some Romanian expressions that generally only make sense here.
Or you can go the safer route and learn how to say “I love you” – and other lover-related things, or just put on your holiday suit and learn how to say Merry Christmas in Romanian. Oh my, so many words!
Are there other words, greetings or expressions that you’re interested in? Let me know in the comment section below!