Have you ever thought of the origin of your native language? Which are the most similar languages compared to your language? Which ones could you easily study? Have you ever had a hard time trying to find an equivalent in a foreign language of some words from your mother tongue? Or, moreover, have you ever thought it would be possible for you to understand another language without having to study it?
The Romanian language, although not one of the most popular as it has only around 23 million native speakers, can be designated as one of the most interesting languages in the world. Why, you may ask? Here are some arguments:
- It is the only Romanic language from Eastern Europe. If we drew a language map, Romanian would resemble an island that belongs to the group of Romanic languages, but that is surrounded by Slavic languages (Bulgarian, Serbian and Russian) and Finno-Ugric languages (Hungarian).
- If you are a native speaker of Romanian you can easily learn many other foreign languages, especially Romanic languages like French, Spanish or Italian. Maybe one of the most interesting aspects of Romanian is the one related to Italian: as a native speaker of Romanian you can actually understand somewhere around 30-40 percent of the Italian lexical background, without having studied the language before – that’s how similar they are!
- The same principle goes for Spanish. Any Romanian can learn Spanish at an intermediate level, without taking formal language classes! Maybe this applies mostly to girls, but if you have, for a longer period of time, watched the famous telenovelas, you can certainly express yourself in Spanish – a fact demonstrated by one of my friends! J
- Some of the most unique words in Romanian – that don’t have an equivalent in other languages – are “dor” and “mioritic”. The first one designates a feeling, an emotion, a mood which can be associated with or caused by a person, an object, a place, a thought or a memory. The word has a deeper meaning and can be interpreted as more than just a feeling; it can illustrate an entire metamorphosis of body and soul for the one who experiences it. The second word, “mioritic”, is also unique and has a strong Romanian background. The word comes from the ballad of Miorița, which is also the name of the main character, a personified sheep. The phrase mioritic space illustrates a typical Romanian spiritual universe, whose matrix is represented by the Romanian geographical space – a wavy land, with mountains and valleys, perfect for farming and raising cattle.
These are just some of the things that pop into my mind when I think of the Romanian language. Do you know any other interesting aspects of the Romanian language or of your native language? Share them with us!