Saturday, September 1, 2007

Your Daily Dose of Romanian (Joni)

We don't have internet hooked up at home yet, so I won't be able to post more pictures until Monday. In the meantime, however, some of you were wanting to know how my language study is coming, so I'll tell you about that. IT'S GOING GREAT!!!!!! Romanian is very similar to French, and there are a lot of words that are the same as English. So although I've only had 11 classes, I'm able to get around pretty well. I can go to the fruit & vegetable market by myself and come home with all the things I wanted in the amounts I wanted! I can ride on a minibus and get off at the right place. So my practical language is definitely coming along. The grammar, though, is somewhat difficult and confusing for some things, so I thought I'd give you an example by giving you your Romanian word for the day:

copiii

Yes, that word had THREE i's at the end of it. It means "the children." The word for "child" is copil. To pluralize it and make it "some children," you take off the l and add another i, copii. To make it definite, instead of adding the word "the" at the beginning, you instead add ANOTHER i to the end, making it copiii. It's pronounced ko-pee-ee. Niiiiice. :)

3 comments:

Jessica said...

At our house, copiii always need to pee-ee just as we're sitting down to a meal.

(Did I use it correctly?)

Jill Campbell said...

That is funny! I was thinking that the word sounds a lot like "Go Pee!" We laughed! Glad it's going so well!

Joni said...

Leave it to our Mommy readers to pick up on the "pee" thing! :) I guess that is a good way to remember it... Now I won't be able to use that word without laughing... :)