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Nov 14

Vocabulary lesson: Romanian numbers

Actually I’ve learned the numbers in Romanian pretty much right away, because numbers are so nice and easy to learn and there’s lots of material out there to help you enjoy it.
Some of my favourite material I’m going to post – plus a learning sheet I’ve made for you.

Have fun!

As usual, Nico’s lesson is the very best I could find. Thank you, Nico!

 

And a famous children song for learning numbers in Romanian.
„There are 10 in the bed and the little one said: Roll over! Roll over! And all roll over and one falls out…“

And here is my number learning sheet, but if you want to use it, it’s really important that you watch a video first or find some other way to listen to the numbers from 1 to 20, as the pronunciation might be different from what you expect!
There you go:

Just a side note: The changing of 1, 2 and 12.

It’s important to note that when you’re using these numbers, instead of using the number 1 you usually use the indefinite article „o“ (for feminine nouns) and „un“ (for masculine and neuter nouns). Just like you usually say „a dog“ in English, and not „one dog“. Easy, right?

A second thing which is quite different than in English is that the number 2 and the number 12 change when you’re talking about a feminine noun:

2 = doi or două

12 = doisprezece or douăsprezece

Example:

El are doi părinți. (He has two parents.) El are două bunici. (He has two granmas.)

Părinte (un parinte, doi părinți) being a masculine noun, you use the number 2 as it figures in the list.
Bunică (o bunică, două bunici) being a feminine noun, you use the feminine form of 2 which is două.

Same goes for 12.

Example:

Noi avem doispsrezece verișori. (We have got twelve cousins.)
Noi avem douăsprezece verișoare. (We have got twelve female cousins.)

Luckily, these are the only numbers that change, so no need to panic!

Master tipp:

If you’ve downloaded and read my sheet, you’ll probably soon get the hang of it and think „Oh, it’s not that hard!“ – which is right. But are you already able to use the numbers?
Try the following things to practise:

  • Try counting from 1 – 20.
  • Try counting from 1 – 100.
  • Try counting backwards!
  • Try reciting the times tables in Romanian!
    Start with the easy ones: 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 10 – 12 – 14 – 16 – 18 – 20.
    Then keep going with the 3 x tables and so on – up to 11! Can you do it? Congratulations, you now know the numbers in Romanian!

Ready for the next lesson?
Click here to learn the verb „a avea“ – „to have“.