If Albanians were Romanized, would their language be more similar to Romanian or Dalmatian?

First Impression This is a very interesting hypothetical question, and right off the top I am tempted to say a fully romanized Albanian language would now share similarities with both the currently extinct Dalmatian and with Romanian, because these last two themselves seem very alike, and the historical Albanian territories have been between Dalmatia and Romanian […]

Which Alphabet Would Be Most Suitable For the Phonology of Romanian – Cyrillic or Latin?

The short answer is, the formerly used Romanian Cyrillic alphabet (used before 1830 when the transition towards Latin started and many reforms ensued) is more suitable for the phonology of the Romanian language than the current Romanian Latin alphabet. The long answer will first establish the definitions of alphabets and phonemics, then proceed to define the criteria for […]

How Do You Say “Dark” in Romanian?

When referring to the proper meaning, as to the absence of light in space or regarding a color, in Romanian the most common word is the adjective întunecos/-oasă (masc./fem. gender) with the plural întunecoși/-oase. It comes from the noun întuneric, darkness, ultimately (there is also an adjectival form from the participle întunecat) from the verb a se întuneca, to get dark, to darken. The long infinitive form of […]

What one Romanian thinks about Comrade Detective

I think the more vocal reaction among Romanians tends to be, “cool, finally we get what we’ve wanted to see in a long time, a Romanian story told by Hollywood, that will reach the World, and it’s funny and lively, not bleak, focused on orphans, amusement park swan-devouring minorities, hit-you-with-an-ax-in-the-head poverty”; this is an automatic […]

Why Did Romanians Switch to the Latin Alphabet?

Short Answer In the XIX century Romanians switched back from the Cyrilic to the Latin alphabet in an effort to: 1.Emphasize the Latin heritage and their political and territorial primacy in the lands they were and are inhabiting; 2.Reaffirm their ethnic and cultural continuity in those lands; 3.Consolidate their connection to the other Latin speaking […]

Languages: Italian versus Romanian – Brief Comparison

Italian is studied in Romania, but I wouldn’t say it’s in the top three languages studied in school, which in the last 25 years have been English, French and German, largely. That doesn’t take into account private tutoring and private study. It is definitely very accessible in terms of resources. And for us [Romanians], Italian is […]