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Avaldi
Friday 15th of February 2008 03:16:04 AM
Romanian culture:
I think it's useful to know about the culture and about the country where they speak the language you are learning. So I think we could add a post for Romanian culture.

Many people (almost in Spain) think Romanians are just stealers and gipsies... but gipsies are just 6% of the Romanian population! So I think people just learn about you before to judge :)

I have a Romanian friend who is whiter than the milk, and they think she is Russian. When she says: I'm Romanian, people say: But you are not gipsy! It's incredible! :p

I have some questions about Romanian culture, and I'll post them later. :)


Avaldi
Friday 15th of February 2008 09:31:19 PM
1. Do you think Romanians are Latins (like Spaniards, Greeks or Italians) or they have an European culture?

2. You told me about the food schedules in Romania. Do everyone have supper at 18:00, like in England? Here in Spain we have supper at 22.00/22:30, and lunch at 14:30/15:30.

3. Romania, as Spain, is created by different regions (such as Vallaquia, Moldova, Transilvania, Oltenia...) In Spain we are patriots, but some people in Basque Country (70% of the population) don't want to be Spain (still they never were a country). In Catalonia that happens with the 15% of the population (not a big ciffre). Is people patriot in Romania or they want to be independent in any region?

Those are my questions :) Mul?umesc!! :D


Lina
Tuesday 19th of February 2008 12:58:11 PM
This really is a delicate matter:p

You are right, we shouldn’t judge a person. In fact, we shouldn’t judge anybody!

Indeed, gypsies aren’t so numerous. But, there is another problem. Many gypsies left for Spain, Italy, France, and most of them behaved badly, unfortunately for Romanian. Most of gypsies left Romania once the frontiers opened and visas became unnecessary.
I am sure, among the gypsies who emigrated from Romania, legally or illegally, you can find decent people. We cannot repeat the mistake by saying that all of them are just the same.
In Romania, as far as I know, we don’t have particularly great difficulties with them. There are families which maintain the tradition, and I admire them for this. But there are also families which refused to be called gypsies, they tried to enter the society, sending their children to school, and after generations and generations there are children who don’t know they are gypsies. I don’t know if this is a good thing, you can’t really escape what you are.
The important thing is the way you really are, how you see yourself and how others see you.
What I like about them is that powerful feeling of freedom and the fact that each one knows how to dance and sing:)


1. Yes, it is a great truth: our origin is known to be Latin. But we are part of Europe, too!
Actually, I plan to write an article concerning the origin of Romanian language and Romanian people, influences, dialects. It will take me some time!





Lina
Tuesday 19th of February 2008 09:23:22 PM
2.Officially, Romanian meals are scheduled as follows:

breakfast between 8.00 – 10.00
lunch between 12.00 – 14.00
dinner is usually served between 18.00 – 20.00
Eating at 22.30? It isn’t healthy and we take care of how we look:)




Avaldi
Tuesday 19th of February 2008 09:36:50 PM

I am sure, among the gypsies who emigrated from Romania, legally or illegally, you can find decent people. We cannot repeat the mistake by saying that all of them are just the same.

Well, maybe there are some cool gipsies. But I don't know any :p I could say they are the worst people (almost in Spain). They steal and love problems, more than 98% of them.

It isn’t healthy and we take care of how we look

Lina, Spain has a "street" culture. I mean, because of our great weather, we spend most of the time at street. For example, some people go out at 16:00 after lunch and they back home at 22:00. And most of the people have supper at 23:00!! :)


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Wednesday 20th of February 2008 06:42:59 AM
I'm sure it is healthy Lina but I think if I had to wait that long for dinner I'd die of starvation. ;) If it makes anyone feel better America doesn't see Romanian as "theiving gypsies" probably because there weren't any here. What most Americans think of when they hear Romanian is vampires. :D

I have a question too! :) I once met a girl from Moldova when I was vacationing in Tennessee. At that time UNFORTUNATELY I was not learning Romanian and didn't even know they spoke it there so I spoke to her in Russian. :\ anyway... What do Romanians think about Moldovans?


Lina
Wednesday 20th of February 2008 02:02:16 PM


Do you see? There is still 2% left:D


In Romanian you'll see the streets full of people, too. In the evening the bars, restaurants and clubs are also full of people. But we used to have the dinner earlier, at home:p


Lina
Wednesday 20th of February 2008 04:33:24 PM


3. Romania, as Spain, is created by different regions (such as Vallaquia, Moldova, Transilvania, Oltenia...) In Spain we are patriots, but some people in Basque Country (70% of the population) don't want to be Spain (still they never were a country). In Catalonia that happens with the 15% of the population (not a big ciffre). Is people patriot in Romania or they want to be independent in any region?



There is such problem in the areas where mostly live Hungarians: Harghita. There was a discussion related to autonomy. I don’t believe such a thing is even possible. As long as they have all the freedoms and rights they need, I can’t see the purpose of autonomy. After all, it is one country.

Since the Great Union - 1918, Romania with Transylvania, Basarabia and Bucovina, Romanias have everything they ever wished for: a united country.
Yes, Romanians are patriots. Actually, there are more regions: Ardeal, Banat, Cri?ana, Maramure?, Muntenia, Dobrogea, Oltenia si Moldova.


Avaldi
Wednesday 20th of February 2008 09:01:34 PM

So the main problem in Romanian independentism are Hungarians? I didn't know that.


Lina
Friday 22nd of February 2008 12:20:28 AM
Actually our relationships with Hungarians are very good.
A certain movement appeared in the cities where Hungarians represent the majority. For example, in a locality from Harghita live 36.000 people of whom 95% are Hungarians. They have asked for territorial autonomy, but not for independence.


De fapt, rela?iile noastre cu ungurii sunt foarte bune.
O astfel de mi?care a ap?rut în ora?ele unde ungurii reprezint? majoritatea. De exemplu, într-o localitate din Harghita, tr?iesc 36.000 de oameni din care 95% sunt maghiari. Ei au cerut autonomie teritorial?, nu ?i independen??.


Avaldi
Friday 22nd of February 2008 12:43:11 AM
Ah, I got it!
They want to be a province like Madrid or Asturias inside Spain, but its own division and representation in the Parliament. :)


Lina
Friday 22nd of February 2008 12:56:32 AM


I have a question too! :) I once met a girl from Moldova when I was vacationing in Tennessee. At that time UNFORTUNATELY I was not learning Romanian and didn't even know they spoke it there so I spoke to her in Russian. :\\ anyway... What do Romanians think about Moldovans?

It is said that the Moldavian women are the most beautiful women in Romania;)

They have a particularly dialect and I enjoy listening to them. But the language is just the same, even in the Republic of Moldavia. This is an extremely controversial subject. It is strange that the people speak about Moldavian language since it is actually Romanian. As you can see, even on our site appears "Moldavian Language".
Speaking about our Latin inheritance, Oltenii (the Romanians living in the south of the country) are the ones who have more similarities regarding their appearance, as well the temperament and language.
What else should I tell you about Moldavians? Moldavia is incredibly beautiful. If we think about our most renowned writers, we think about Moldavia; if we think about our greatest rulers, we think about Moldavia. The most beautiful monasteries are in Moldavia, as well. Moldavia still exists in Romania. As you know, only part of Moldavia was united with Russia when it declared its independence.


Lina
Friday 22nd of February 2008 02:03:38 AM
Originally posted by AvaldiAh, I got it!
They want to be a province like Madrid or Asturias inside Spain, but its own division and representation in the Parliament. :)

Yes Avaldi, you are right. They have already representation in the Parliament. This is a good thing!


Lina
Friday 22nd of February 2008 02:26:55 AM
I'm sure it is healthy Lina but I think if I had to wait that long for dinner I'd die of starvation. ;) If it makes anyone feel better America doesn't see Romanian as \"theiving gypsies\" probably because there weren't any here. What most Americans think of when they hear Romanian is vampires. :D



Well, in this case, you'll have dinner twice! Once at 19;00 and the second time at 22:30:p


Once.... in Romania, next to the Bran Castle, I was in a bar where the tables were in the shape of coffins, the walls looked like doors with locks, a devil welcomed the guests, bats or hags hanged from the ceiling and the waiters scared the customers. Of course, the Menu included all kind of dishes related to devils and vampires. Anyone who enter in other strange place, inside the bar, screamed and left it pale as death. I was so afraid I didn't dare to visit that place:D. Maybe I have scared you as well, but this is the truth!

Noapte bun?:ha


Avaldi
Friday 22nd of February 2008 04:16:41 AM
Recognize it, Lina... We've discover you! You are a vampire :):)

Well, as far as I read, Moldova has a big problem in Transnistria. Some guys from Spain were there and recorded with a video camera what happens there. This place is the hell in the earth!
Moldovans there can't live, because Russians kill them and they have to follow Sovietic rules...
I've found a video of a manifestation, those guys are Moldovans from Tiraspol (the capital-city of Transnistria) ->



PS: What do they say? I can't understand it so good, it's in Romanian.


Anonymous
Sunday 24th of February 2008 05:18:02 AM
I visited one of the links posted here...and I met the name od Alexandru Macedonski...knowing our Alexander The Great(Macedonian) I would love to know does this Alexandru Macedonski have anything with my country Macedonia :)

p.s.I MUST learn Romanian, anything for my Mocirita!!!


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Sunday 24th of February 2008 09:59:10 AM
Bun? KotleofMacedon!

Bun venit! Welcome to the Romanian forum, I'm Kenny Lina's assistant. We hope our games, lessons, and vocabulary lists help you to learn the beautiful language of Romanian. I once learned some Macedonian but stopped because of a lack of resources. I'm sure they could also use you in the Macedonian forum if you're interested. ;)

As for Alexandru Macedonski you probably have to ask Lina I am not Romanian so don't know half as much as she does. :)

Sincerely,

Dominick Korshanyenko


Anonymous
Sunday 24th of February 2008 08:38:39 PM
Well, thanks for your welcome message, you can call me Kotle, thats my nickname, this 'ofMaceon' I use it to show where I came from :P I would love to help about Macedonian language, and I will do my best there...so, talk soon...

p.s. Can anyone tell me some sentence...my friend bought a new pc, and I want to congratulate him...what should I write on romainan...thanks!


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Sunday 24th of February 2008 09:20:21 PM
Felicit?ri! means congratulations and...

pentru calculatorul nou! (I'm not sure but that should mean for the new computer.)

P.S. Well people could also tell that since you're from Skopje then your Macedonian. ;)


Anonymous
Sunday 24th of February 2008 09:25:11 PM
Originally posted by Dominick_KorshanyenkoFelicit?ri! means congratulations and...

pentru calculatorul nou! (I'm not sure but that should mean for the new computer.)

P.S. Well people could also tell that since you're from Skopje then your Macedonian. ;)

true, but on some forums, I cant write what town I live in ;) and thanks for the translation...


Lina
Monday 25th of February 2008 08:19:00 PM

Bun? ?i bine ai venit!

There is an interesting connection, not between Alexander the Great and Alexandru Macedonski, but between Macedonians and Romanians!

Alexandru Macedonski comes from an aromanian family. He is also called the poet of flowers. One of his poem :

"Noapte de Mai"

Cânta?i: nimic din ce e nobil, suav ?i dulce n-a murit.
Sim?irea, ca ?i bun?tatea, deopotriv? pot s? piar?
..................................................
Dar dintre flori ?i dintre stele nimica nu va fi clintit,
Veni?i: privighetoarea cânt?"

What does "Mociri?a" means? In our language is the grassy back yard of Romanian household, which feeds the animals. In figurative meaning is that part of divinity of the human body and soul, which feeds the spirit!

We have a nice song about Mocirita:)




Anonymous
Tuesday 26th of February 2008 04:29:44 AM
Originally posted by Lina
Bun? ?i bine ai venit!

There is an interesting connection, not between Alexander the Great and Alexandru Macedonski, but between Macedonians and Romanians!

Alexandru Macedonski comes from an aromanian family. He is also called the poet of flowers. One of his poem :

\"Noapte de Mai\"

Cânta?i: nimic din ce e nobil, suav ?i dulce n-a murit.
Sim?irea, ca ?i bun?tatea, deopotriv? pot s? piar?
..................................................
Dar dintre flori ?i dintre stele nimica nu va fi clintit,
Veni?i: privighetoarea cânt?\"

What does \"Mociri?a\" means? In our language is the grassy back yard of Romanian household, which feeds the animals. In figurative meaning is that part of divinity of the human body and soul, which feeds the spirit!

We have a nice song about Mocirita:)



:) well, I was told that Mocirita is a flower that flows in the mountans...and I know the song...and I love it :)...Mocirita for me also means a girl ;)
can u tell more about that link between Macedonians and Romanians...cause we have people called 'Vlasi' which I think they are related to the Romanians...

now...I am going to bed...noapte buna ;)


Lina
Tuesday 26th of February 2008 09:12:32 PM
It seems that "Mociri?a" has a lot of meanings;)

Aromanians are called in the Balcans "vlahi", "vlassi"(or Macedonians:), even if they are not living just in Macedonia). They are like daco-romans, direct descended of the old Thracians from the South of Danube. The most important aromanian group is the macedo-romanian group. In Romanian are living 28.000 aromâni(75% of them in Dobrogea)
Aromâna is a dialect of the old Romanian language, like daco-român, megleno-român, istro-român.



Anonymous
Wednesday 27th of February 2008 12:09:15 AM
yes, we have small comunity of people called Vlasi...

Vlachs (mostly Aromanians and few Megleno-Romanians) 9,695, 0.48 %

interesting facts to know anyway :)
I think George Hadji is also Macedonian, am I right?

so...I hope I will find more free time soon, so I can see all links about learning romanian, and romanian culture...talk later!


Avaldi
Wednesday 27th of February 2008 12:38:22 AM
Vlasi=Gipsies?


Anonymous
Wednesday 27th of February 2008 04:14:11 AM
no...Gipsies=Cigani(Tsigani), Vlasi=comunity of people close with Romanians :)



mike111
Wednesday 27th of February 2008 10:51:04 AM
this link might help out with the discussion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlachs


Lina
Wednesday 27th of February 2008 05:07:57 PM

Indeed, it helps us:) / Într-adev?r, ne ajut?!


Avaldi
Wednesday 27th of February 2008 08:51:29 PM
Mul?umesc pentru pagina din internet :)


Anonymous
Friday 29th of February 2008 03:22:22 PM
Can anyone say something about the 'flag dance', Ive heard that its popular on the romanian weddings, some video, or music?


mike111
Friday 29th of February 2008 07:08:31 PM
Kotle, your signature quote... It was Hitler who said that, wasn't it?

N-a fost hitler pe care a spus aceea expresie? (Lina, am I close?)



mike111
Friday 29th of February 2008 07:37:46 PM
In a movie I watched a while back which took place in Romanian, as the characters were making their way to find Vlad :p, they passed through a villiage which was in the process of celebrating "The Wedding of the Dead". (Nunta Decatului?) The custom was described: When a young girl dies while never having been married, a husband is selected to wed her before her funeral.

I have searched the internet which had no information on it. I was wondering if anyone knows about this custom and also if it is practiced anywhere else in the world.


Anonymous
Friday 29th of February 2008 08:55:21 PM
Originally posted by mike000Kotle, your signature quote... It was Hitler who said that, wasn't it?

N-a fost hitler pe care a spus aceea expresie? (Lina, am I close?)


Yup, it was Hitler, but dont look at me like I hate jewish or I am a Nazi :P


mike111
Friday 29th of February 2008 10:42:10 PM
:D No worries from me. I assumed you were a student of history. Most neo-nazis wouldn't be on a forum like this and advertise it, at the same time remaining civil. :)


Avaldi
Saturday 01st of March 2008 03:01:10 AM
Originally posted by mike000:D No worries from me. I assumed you were a student of history. Most neo-nazis wouldn't be on a forum like this and advertise it, at the same time remaining civil. :)

Of course, they are stupid. So they don't learn language, just hit people ;)


Lina
Monday 03rd of March 2008 02:10:08 AM
Originally posted by mike000In a movie I watched a while back which took place in Romanian, as the characters were making their way to find Vlad :p, they passed through a villiage which was in the process of celebrating \"The Wedding of the Dead\". (Nunta mortii?) The custom was described: When a young girl dies while never having been married, a husband is selected to wed her before her funeral.

I have searched the internet which had no information on it. I was wondering if anyone knows about this custom and also if it is practiced anywhere else in the world.

What can I say is that we do have this custom!

The tragic event is amplified if the life of the dead hasn’t gone through the second stage – the wedding. In this case, the cycle of life is not over; therefore the dead won’t be able to find eternal peace.
Young men and women that hadn’t had the chance to get married, go through a special ritual during the funeral. In the countryside, the friend of the dead "plays" the role of the bride/groom and accompany the dead dressed up in white clothes on his last walk.


Lina
Thursday 06th of March 2008 02:31:05 AM


N-a fost hitler pe care a spus aceea expresie? (Lina, am I close?)


Yes, you are understandable:)
Da, te faci în?eles!




mike111
Thursday 06th of March 2008 08:58:06 PM
Originally posted by Lina
What can I say is that we do have this custom!

The tragic event is amplified if the life of the dead hasn’t gone through the second stage – the wedding. In this case, the cycle of life is not over; therefore the dead won’t be able to find eternal peace.
Young men and women that hadn’t had the chance to get married, go through a special ritual during the funeral. In the countryside, the friend of the dead \"plays\" the role of the bride/groom and accompany the dead dressed up in white clothes on his last walk.

That is such a fasinating custom! Is the marriage recognized by the church and also a divorce to follow? Or is it just an informal ritual that goes no further than dressing up as bride and groom?



Lina
Saturday 08th of March 2008 06:36:26 PM
Originally posted by AvaldiRecognize it, Lina... We've discover you! You are a vampire :):)

Well, as far as I read, Moldova has a big problem in Transnistria. Some guys from Spain were there and recorded with a video camera what happens there. This place is the hell in the earth!
Moldovans there can't live, because Russians kill them and they have to follow Sovietic rules...
I've found a video of a manifestation, those guys are Moldovans from Tiraspol (the capital-city of Transnistria) ->



PS: What do they say? I can't understand it so good, it's in Romanian.

Avaldi, your recording is about the protest of 50 young men and women asking for a chance to live in a peaceful, ethical region. They consider themselves as being Moldavians and they ask for equal rights and an uneclosed living-space. The message is a petition for measurements to be taken by the Moldavian Republick in particular.



Lina
Sunday 09th of March 2008 04:39:20 PM
Originally posted by mike000Originally posted by Lina
What can I say is that we do have this custom!

The tragic event is amplified if the life of the dead hasn’t gone through the second stage – the wedding. In this case, the cycle of life is not over; therefore the dead won’t be able to find eternal peace.
Young men and women that hadn’t had the chance to get married, go through a special ritual during the funeral. In the countryside, the friend of the dead \\\"plays\\\" the role of the bride/groom and accompany the dead dressed up in white clothes on his last walk.

That is such a fasinating custom! Is the marriage recognized by the church and also a divorce to follow? Or is it just an informal ritual that goes no further than dressing up as bride and groom?


It is just an informal ritual, no engagement and no divorce. The tradition says that the girl who becomes the dead man's bride will be unlucky when she marry. So, the girls avoid to marry with a dead man:D


Lina
Sunday 09th of March 2008 06:27:07 PM
Originally posted by KotleOfMacedonCan anyone say something about the 'flag dance', Ive heard that its popular on the romanian weddings, some video, or music?

I think it's about our magic dance "DANSUL CALUSARILOR" (click to see the recording)


The dance was performed by a group composed of 13 young man sworn to each other by a pledge made in a secret place before dawn. The group was comprised of a leader – the wearer of the group's flag (having the shape of sun)and 11 dancers dressed in ribboned garments with shining butterflies and tiny bells attached on them.
During the dance, the young men use a cane, not very thick, but hard and beautifully carved.
The dance begins with the entrance of the flag - placed on a pole as high as two men, with long branches and ribbons placed on top, having the same colors as the dancer's garments. The pole with the flag is put in the middle of the dancers. Afterwards they perform a number of dances in a circle with music accompanied by specific shouting.








becky
Thursday 29th of May 2008 03:10:47 AM
I am gradually getting used to Romanian culture. At first, when I was mostly meeting people who were fluent in English, and who had travelled a lot, it was hard for me to see the differences. But now as I spend more time with Romanian people, I see (and celebrate) the difference more and more.

I had only been here about one month when I went to a big, big wedding. My friend's father insisted that I danced with him which was frightening for me since I have never learned to dance. He kissed my hand and led me to the dance floor - he was very gentlemanly - and we danced that dance where everybody goes round and round (I can't remember its name!). We left the wedding at 2am and the meal was only half way through - this is not like an English wedding at all!

More recently I have noticed a fear of the 'curent', the tendency to talk about one's liver a lot, the drinking of special tea to rectify any ailment, and the fact that everyone here is horrified if I suggest drinking coffee after 5pm!

Best of all is Romanian hospitality. Every time I have visited someone's home, I have been treated to enormous meals of wonderful, fresh, home-made food, often put together at a moment's notice. Minunat!


mike111
Thursday 29th of May 2008 03:59:39 AM
Becky, thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I find them fascinating. Please keep them coming! :)


zeering
Monday 02nd of June 2008 05:18:22 AM
Originally posted by becky

More recently I have noticed a fear of the 'curent', the tendency to talk about one's liver a lot, the drinking of special tea to rectify any ailment, and the fact that everyone here is horrified if I suggest drinking coffee after 5pm!


Oh, I completely agree with Mike, please, Becky, tell us more!

This is great stuff, especially for one, like me, who is planning an extended visit to Romania later this year.


becky
Friday 06th of June 2008 08:02:26 AM
Most fascinating for me are the 'old wives tales'. Every culture has them and we don't think much about them, but when we hear the old wives' tales of other cultures they can seem very strange!

For instance, I have an English friend living in the small town of ?iria, near to Arad. She had to visit her doctor one time, and the doctor diagnosed her with a cold in her ovaries caused by sitting on the ground too much, which seemed very strange to both of us English girls! But then I remembered my grandmother telling me that sitting on a cold surface will give you haemorrhoids, which I think is probably equally untrue!


Avaldi
Saturday 07th of June 2008 01:08:22 AM
Oh yes, in Spain we have looooots of tales! We are a very traditional country :)


becky
Sunday 08th of June 2008 05:24:39 AM
Zeering, where are you planning to visit while you are in Romania?


daniela
Wednesday 25th of June 2008 03:00:00 PM

Yesterday we celebrated Dr?gaica or Sânzienele

Here are some details about this tradition


Dragaica (or Sanzienele) is an important Midsummer Day festival and fair which takes place on the 24th of June, when a specific Romanian lively folk dance is performed.



When the harvest is almost ripe, the girls from the village gather together to choose Dragaica. This is the name given to the most beautiful and hard-working peasant girl who is selected to lead the dance. A procession is formed, sweeping through the fields. A wreath is plaited of grain stalks and put on Dragaica's head. The practice has auspicious and benefic functions.

To the tune of a lad playing the flute or the bagpipe, the girls dance a jig from house to house, while singing ironic verse:" Jig, Dragaica, jig,/For in winter you will spin/Till your fingers will grow thin."

Dragaica or the procession of lasses is an agrarian midsummer custom in preparation for reaping.




Lina
Sunday 29th of June 2008 08:24:38 PM

Daniela, it's excellent that you have remembered this Holiday:)
I'd like to talk about our traditions during the year.

Here is the dance of Dr?gaica(S?nzienele):



Florile de Sânziene






catalin_ionescu
Tuesday 01st of July 2008 03:07:24 AM
Originally posted by Lina
Dance of Dr?gaica(S?nzienele)

Here's a youtube video with this dance:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sZ6b6on3tM4


daniela
Thursday 03rd of July 2008 12:39:39 AM


I challenge you to present the next important Romanian tradition, celebration.
V? provoc s? prezenta?i urm?toarea s?rb?toare româneasc?.


It is difficult because you will have to find out what that is and to find details about it.
Va fi dificil pentru c? va trebui s? afla?i care este aceea ?i s? g?si?i detalii despre ea.




daniela
Thursday 14th of August 2008 01:25:40 AM


Romanian painting

Watch it
It is really really worth it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HEGXdZl_Ug




daniela
Thursday 14th of August 2008 01:26:29 AM


Putna Monastery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYBgN2JneWQ&feature=related


daniela
Thursday 14th of August 2008 01:28:30 AM


Sighi?oara
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60eDIEpVCVM&feature=related


Lina
Thursday 14th of August 2008 01:42:50 AM
Sunt minunate!

Daniela, care a fost urmatoarea s?rb?toare dup? Sânziene? Nu a? vrea s? le pierdem ?irul!


daniela
Thursday 14th of August 2008 02:28:09 AM


???????????????


?tiu eu!


daniela
Sunday 24th of August 2008 04:10:12 AM


Avaldi, bun?

Hello Avaldi


Bine ai venit
Welcome back

Ai idee ce s?rb?toare urmeaz??
Do you know what the next tradition is?




mike111
Sunday 07th of September 2008 01:07:15 PM
thanks for posting the youtube vids. I am finally able to watch them. It is 2am here now, (i am helping with my sick grandfather so i'll be up for a while). I finally get the chance to say "bun? diminea??"


anda
Sunday 07th of September 2008 07:23:02 PM
Bun? diminea?a, Mike!

I hope your grandfather will be fine soon!


mike111
Wednesday 10th of September 2008 01:24:29 AM
Mul?umesc Anda.


daniela
Friday 12th of September 2008 04:50:59 AM


Mike, I am sorry. I did not know your grandfather was not well.

How is he?



mike111
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 02:57:46 AM
Not too good. He has cancer and it is pretty advanced. They found that it spread into his brain and in the matter of 1 month he has required a completely change in his life. It is very hard to see him like this. I've never been around someone I've known all my life going through such a crisis. At this point, he seems very normal. From what I understand, the worst is yet to come. The chemotherapy hasn't taken its full effect yet which extreme pain is to follow. He was given just a few more months by his doctors. It is sad really, he is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Healthy too. Always took care of himself. He wasn't even diabetic. My grandmother is going fully on instinct. She hasn't had time to reflect on what is really going on. In the meantime, she is completely burning herself out. I've spent one night the past 2 weekends to help keep watch of him. It is only My father and other 2 Uncles so my help is greatly appreciated by the family. He needs to watched all the time. He's been trying to get out of bed on his own and falling almost every time. I will be there again this weekend and plan to continue to do so for as long as I need to.

I thank you both for your kind words and concerns.

Back to the topic:

I've been recently wondering how Romanians celebrate their birthdays. Kids and adults?


anda
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 01:26:41 PM
I am very sorry to hear this, but it'a a good thing that you are there to help and be with him and your grandmother.




anda
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 01:36:53 PM
About birthdays.

There are various ways of celebrating birthdays: parties at home, going to a club or a restaurant, the kids are taken to McDonald's.

I'll tell you how my birthdays have been.
Sadly, in the last few years the weather has not been on my side. It has been raining and been cold so I had to keep the guests indoors. But when it is a nice weather I lay the table outside and have lunch there.
My mother always bakes me a birthday cake. It is the same recipe that my grandmother used. My mother's brother and his wife are invited(my uncle and aunt), my sister and some friends of mine.
This is the first time ever that I won't be at home on my birthday, because it is on a Monday and I have to be in Ploiesti, but I'll invite them over the week-end.


daniela
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 05:55:37 PM


I am sorry to hear that, Mike. It is very important that you can be there and help, for your family and yourself. I am really sorry.
I wish we could help.
Take you time and be there as much as you can and as much as you like.
Can you talk to your grandfather? Is he well enough to speak to you?



mike111
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 11:04:14 PM
Thanks you both for your kind words. He is able to speak. For now anyway, he is more or less the same guy especially when he has visitors. Only that he's falling a lot and doesn't have much time left.

You have done much already. Listening to me talk has been a comfort. :) Thanks.


mike111
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 11:21:44 PM
Originally posted by andaAbout birthdays.

There are various ways of celebrating birthdays: parties at home, going to a club or a restaurant, the kids are taken to McDonald's.

I'll tell you how my birthdays have been.
Sadly, in the last few years the weather has not been on my side. It has been raining and been cold so I had to keep the guests indoors. But when it is a nice weather I lay the table outside and have lunch there.
My mother always bakes me a birthday cake. It is the same recipe that my grandmother used. My mother's brother and his wife are invited(my uncle and aunt), my sister and some friends of mine.
This is the first time ever that I won't be at home on my birthday, because it is on a Monday and I have to be in Ploiesti, but I'll invite them over the week-end.

Thanks Anda. It is identical to here in the US. I suspected it, but I enjoyed reading it anyway. :)




daniela
Thursday 18th of September 2008 04:41:38 AM
Originally posted by mike111Thanks you both for your kind words. He is able to speak. For now anyway, he is more or less the same guy especially when he has visitors. Only that he's falling a lot and doesn't have much time left.

You have done much already. Listening to me talk has been a comfort. :) Thanks.

My suggestion is that you enjoy the time you still have with him. Do not be sad and sorrow. Be happy that you are still together.

You all deserve it.

I hope you know what I mean. You can encourage him, as well and put his spirits up.

Enjoy it because you are still together, do not think of how it will be after, without him. He is still there. You are aware and can appreciate it.




daniela
Thursday 18th of September 2008 04:45:27 AM


Mike, a cui e ziua de na?tere? A ta?



mike111
Friday 19th of September 2008 03:25:04 AM
Daniela, are you asking me when is my birthday?


daniela
Sunday 21st of September 2008 03:07:55 PM


No, because I think it is not nice, polite. I am asking if there was somebody's birthday, which made you ask about Romanian birthdays. Like a friend's of yours birthday or something.




daniela
Sunday 21st of September 2008 03:08:23 PM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJd-SHzqUC4&feature=related

Listen to this!!!


mike111
Monday 22nd of September 2008 06:12:37 PM
Originally posted by daniela

No, because I think it is not nice, polite. I am asking if there was somebody's birthday, which made you ask about Romanian birthdays. Like a friend's of yours birthday or something.



I started to think of this on my birthday which just past on july 30th. It just took me a while before I asked.


daniela
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 02:42:34 AM



Ce frumos c? te-ai n?scut vara.
How nice it is to be born during summer time.




mike111
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 01:36:25 AM
It is nice indeed! :)


daniela
Sunday 28th of September 2008 11:56:57 PM


Da


mike111
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 11:22:12 PM
What are some of the popular cars that Romanians like to drive? What does a new car cost in Romania?

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