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PostSubject: Alphabet and Pronunciation   Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:40 am

Wheeeee!

I'd like to take the opportunity to say that there are probably many mistakes here, which Georgi will hopefully point out, and that if you have any questions, please feel free to ask someone else. Like Georgi.

A B C D E F G H I J (K) L M N O P (Q) R S T U V (W) X (Y) Z
With the addition of these! ă î â ş ţ
Notice the letters in parenthesis - they occur only in loan words from other languages, to my knowledge. (They are after all, useless letters. tongue )

ş - "sh".
ex. şase ("six") SHA-seh

ţ - "ts".
ex. glumeţ ("facetious; witty") gloo-METS

ă - sounds like "uh".
ex. sărbătoare ("feast, holiday") suhr-buh-TWA-reh

î and â have no sounds similar in English, so it's hard for me to describe them, I think Georgiana will do a better job of that. santa
It's something like...ueh...or eiu...or euw... Listen closely to the first verse of O-Zone's Despre Tine, where Arsenie sings "Despre tine vreau să cânt." Or Dan's "Despre Tine Cânt," whoever's voice you like better...
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PostSubject: Re: Alphabet and Pronunciation   Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:41 am

Diphtongs and Triphtongs
Here are some groups of vowels, followed by its sound in an English word, and an example of it in a Romanian word.

au - cow. naufragiat ("shipwrecked")
ea - ya. ea ("she")
ei - hey. tei ("linden tree")
eu - yew. greu ("heavy")
ie - yeah. ierta ("to forgive")
iu - you. iubesc ("I love")
ua - water. ziua ("day")
ou - know. noutate ("novelty")
uă - wuh. două ("two")
ui - we. puişor ("chick/en")
iau - meow. iaurt ("yoghurt")


Special groups of letters
...their sound in English to the right.
ce ------------ cheh
ci ------------- chee
che ----------- keh
chi ------------ key
ge ------------ jeh
gi ------------- jee
ghe ---------- geh (hard g)
ghi ----------- gee (hard g)

Just remember that g or c before an h makes it a hard sound!


Notes:
When i is at the end of a multi-syllable word, it is not pronounced but palatalizes the consonant before it. răciţi - ruh-CHEETS'. However if it comes after a consonant + r, it is pronounced.
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PostSubject: Re: Alphabet and Pronunciation   Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:39 am

what costs me the most is to pronunciate this accent ^ in the a´s like a u,geez in portuguese we dont read it like that ,there´s a good program to learn romanian called Before you Know It there are several languages you can learn it it´s easy,there´s lists of things and you can download another,thank god i found it
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