Romanian (limba română) is a Romance language, derived from the Latin of the Roman Empire. Today, Romanian spoken by about 24 to 28 million people, primarily in Romania and Moldova. It has official status in Romania, Republic of Moldova, the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Serbia and in the autonomous Mount Athos in Greece. Interesting fact: Romanian holds the intriguing status of being the only Romance language spoken in Eastern Europe - its closest relative is Italian.
Romanian Fun Facts
The name Romania come from the Latin word “Romanus,” a legacy of Roman rulers who took control of ancient Dacia in 106 A.D.
The Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) in Bucharest is one of the world’s largest buildings, covering 330,000 square meters (3.55 million square feet).
Romanian cinema is booming. Check out Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile), set in the final years of the Nicolae Ceauşescu era, which received the Palme d’Or in the 2007 Cannes film festival – the first time a Romanian filmmaker won that prize
Livemocha Romanian Courses
- The countries with the most Romanian learners on Livemocha are the US, Romania, Moldova, Brazil, and Spain
- Almost 70% of Romanian speakers on Livemocha live in Romania, though there is also a significant number (13%) who live in Moldova.
- Almost 20% of Romanians on Livemocha speak English.