Romanian is a wonderful language and if you have a good ear it can be fairly easy to speak. At least easy enough where they can tell what you tried to say.
Romanian is a mix of Italian, French, Spanish Portuguese and Catalan. Thus, they have a lot of similar words from these languages, so if you speak any of those, then you have a decided advantage of figuring out what they say.
As well, there are a few dialects of Romanian, but the following examples are of the most widely used Romanian.
In my limited time with people from Romania, I have found many of them also speak very good English, French, Italian and Spanish as well as some Slavic languages, but not much.If you're traveling to Romania, then do yourself a favor and get a Romania Travel Guide. Lonely Planet has a very good one.
A few tips to remember.
The "ci" and "ce" sounds like a "ch", as in check or chest.
"che" and "chi" produces a "k" sound. As in kid or kite.
The "i" at the end of words is not pronounced.
Also, they roll their R's, as do the other similar languages like Spanish, for example.
|How are you? or How's it going?||Ce Faci?||Chay fotch?|
|And how are you?||E tu e faci?||ee two chay fotch?|
|I Like You||Îni plache de tine||Un plah-tch day tee-nay|
|You smell good||Mirosi bine||Mee-ro-shee be-nay|
|You are beautiful||esti frumoasa||Esh-t Froo-maa-saa|
|What are you doing tonight?||Ce faci în seara asta?||Ch-ay fatch en say-arra ah-stah?|
|Do you want to drink something?||Vrei sa bei ceva?||Vray-ee sah bay-ee chay vah?|
|If you're not drinking something with me, I'll go home and cry||Dacă nu vrei să bei ceva cu, mine, plec acasă si plȃng||Use your best guess|
|Good Bye||Ce faci în seara asta?||Ch-ay fatch en say-arra ah-stah?|
The nice thing about the Romanian language is how happy they are to teach the Romanian language as they are often good English Speakers themselves. And I can't stress enough, that if you're going traveling in Romania, get a Romania Travel Guide. Lonely Planet's is good and it has some basic Romain Translations.
There are Romanian swears and derogatory phrases I intentionally left out. If you are interested in that, feel free to contact us on Twitter or the old fashioned way and send an email.