Why learn Romanian?
Romanian, a Romance language spoken in the Balkans of South-Eastern Europe, possesses a unique linguistic history. Despite its divergence from its Latin counterparts, Romanian has managed to preserve its Latin roots, which are evident in its grammatical structure. The language has also adopted cultural elements, norms, and traditions from neighbouring Slavic countries, enriching the tapestry of Romanian culture.
As the official language of Romania, Romanian resonates with over twenty million speakers within the country. Its influence extends to the Republic of Moldova, where approximately two and a half million people communicate in its distinctive tones. Beyond these borders, Romanian thrives as a minority language in neighbouring countries like Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, and others. Additionally, a significant diaspora, comprising 5-10 million individuals primarily located in Western and Central Europe, as well as North America, underscores the global presence of the Romanian language. The United Kingdom alone is home to half a million Romanian speakers.
Standing as a linguistic cornerstone in the Balkan region, Romanian sets itself apart through its inherent Latin structure, making it an accessible Eastern European language, especially for those already familiar with other Latin-derived languages. As a linguistic bridge, Romanian facilitates travel experiences, providing access to the picturesque landscapes of Transylvania's valleys and mountains. It's a region associated with Dracula, a legendary figure whose history and persona still dominates the cultural memory. Romania beckons adventurers with its mix of urban vibrancy and inviting hiking trails, offering exploration across its diverse terrain. Romania's charm persists whether in the warmth of summer or the enchantment of winter, making it a year-round destination.
As an integral member of the European Union, Romania is a nation in evolution, advancing at a fast pace. This progress opens avenues for burgeoning careers and novel opportunities. Consider learning Romanian a canvas on which to paint new experiences, and Romania itself place where diverse cultures and mindsets converge.
At Durham, we offer Romanian as an evening extra-curricular course, open to Durham University students, staff and members of the public. We seek to develop both students’ linguistic potential and their cultural understanding of Romania. To see the levels currently on offer, please visit our course listings.
To see the levels currently on offer, please visit our course listings.