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Re: teaching Romanian

Alas she is much more likely to know Nicolae Guta (pronounces Gootsa)

This is extremely popular in Romania ...the style is known as 'manele' (man ay lay,) and Guta himself is a bit like Johnny Hallyday was in France  a national idol quite inexplicably to people from elsewhere

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Re: teaching Romanian

You could get in her good books from the start by mastering the Romanian for "Good morning", which we were taught by our lovely Romanian guide during a tour of Transylvania last year:
Not correct spelling, but hopefully an aid to pronunciation:

Boon-ah dimin-ah-ta

I tried it out back home, on the builders next door, and they were amazed!

I think, as has been said, try out French as well, and - if all else fails - just point to the bits of equipment needed and mime the actions!


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Re: teaching Romanian

I'm just going to suggest that if she's applied for and got a job as a cleaner,she probably knows the basic uses of cleaning materials and implements without needing to have them demonstrated to her, either through the medium of mime, interpretive dance or anything else.

I'd also suggest that it's possible that someone else has described her level of English to you, and that this is likely to be a bit wide of the mark. I've often had family members tell me that a prospective student "speaks no English" and I've prepared accordingly, only to find that they actually manage quite well, albeit with a limited vocabulary.

Pat, I'd suggest you wait and see a little bit. Once you've met, I'm sure you can take on board some of the excellent suggestions already made.
Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.
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Re: teaching Romanian

Thanks to all, especially for Boonah deminata. Like bon demain (good tomorrow?) Or more like Bon Matin.
Betty - I know she has hardly any english (though maybe she understands a bit) because when she came for an interview she had her Romanian friend on her mobile phone, translating for her.
She's just starting out, this is her second job.
Feeling more confident now.

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Re: teaching Romanian

Perhaps we might help by suggesting a list of basicl language she might need? Things like numbers, days, dates etc plus a few commands. 👹
Ticking over, just about.
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Re: teaching Romanian

buna zuia (boona zyou aa) is good day (as opposed to good morning
Ce Faci? (chay fatch) is like ça va in French
Multzumesc frumos (multzoumesk froomose) thanks very much...but Mersi is used too..

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Re: teaching Romanian

I agree with Betty for once :)


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Re: teaching Romanian

Yes, mersi - pronounced exactly like the French word - is indeed another one for the armoury.

I did have a go at learning the language a bit via the Duolingo app, but never seemed to get to anything more interesting than: “I am a woman; I am not a child”; "I have milk and a book; I do not have a newspaper.”
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