Wed Jun 15th, 2005 at 10:37:26 PM EST
I thought it'd be fun to create a series of introductory diaries about Europe that everyone can participate in.
One of the most wonderful (and sometimes) confusing things about Europe is all the languages spoken... from the big ones like German or French to the more obscure ones like Romansh, Vlach, or Breton.
While nobody speaks them all, it sure helps when visiting a new place to learn a few words and among the most important are the numbers. How else can you tell the waiter you want three more beers? ;)
Below the fold I'll start with the numbers 1-10 in Romanian. Join the thread and post the numbers that you know, along with how to pronounce them (approximately) in English!
Romanian is a "romance" language (in more ways than one hehe) which means its a descendent of Latin. Therefore some of the numbers will look familiar to a lot of you:
- unu/una (depending on gender) - oooh nu/oooh na (oooh as in "moo")
- doi/doua (depending on gender) - doy/dough-ah
- trei - tray
- patru - patroo
- cinci - cheench
- şase - shah-say
- şapte - shop-tay
- opt - opt
- noua - no-ah
- zece - zay-chay
BTW for those of you using Windows and want/need to add special characters, the easiest way is click START, then PROGRAMS then ACCESSORIES then SYSTEM TOOLS then CHARACTER MAP.
So... how do you count in 10 in Finnish? Czech? Gaelic? Catalan?....