Looking for the best Romanian slang to sound like a local? Search no further, for we've covered the most common slang that you should know of.
When learning a particular language, becoming familiar with their common slang is a great way to communicate better with the locals and even sound like a native. Every language has its unique slang, and the Romanian language is not an exception. So, if you want to know the best slangs that can make you sound like a local and will be useful in the long run, keep reading.
Let's move on to some popular Romanian slang words you will hear around Romania often that sound strange to English speakers but totally make sense to any native.
Frate is common in Romania, and it means brother. It is usually used to address a close friend. So, don't be surprised when your Romanian friend addresses you as a brother. As you may have guessed, it is gender specific, which means Frate cannot be used for your lady friend. What if you meet a group of male friends? Then you will use the plural form of Frate, which is Fraților. So, when next you are talking with your male friend, and you want to gain his attention, or you are meeting your male friend, you can greet them by saying Frate.
The lady equivalent of Frate is fată, and it is used by ladies to address each other. Girls will be caught calling their fellow girlfriends fată casually and it is totally fine. If you are a lady, you may want to keep the slang word close.
Naşpa is used to refer to something that went bad or isn't cool. Now, it gets interesting that Naşpa can also be used as a mild vulgar word when you are referring to someone as unattractive or ugly. So, in case you see a group of friends referring to a person that passes by, and they say Naşpa, they are likely telling themselves that the person isn't so attractive. I would stay clear of this word if I were you, especially if you don't know the person.
Ever heard your friends say something totally surprising that you just can't help but say, 'For real?'. Good news, the Romanians also have their own word for that. Pe bune means seriously? or for real? It is a slang word used to show your surprise or disbelief. So, let's say your Romanian friend tells you about how the president visited his shop; you can exclaim 'Pe bune?' and follow up with some questions. Yup, he will get the gist!
Who doesn't like some good luck? Baftă is a way of wishing someone good luck in Romanian, and it is so pleasant to the ears. If you have a friend who is taking an exam very soon, or someone is rushing to do something that isn't necessary, you can tell them Baftă.
Mă leşi is a phrase literally meaning leave me or get out, and it is used to express shock or doubt about a statement. Similar to pe bune. You can say Mă leşi when you find it hard to believe someone.
Las-o baltă literal meaning is let it puddle, and it used to tell someone to let it go or forget about a thing. Imagine your friend stressing you to tell him a secret about someone else, you can throw around some Las-o baltă to deter him from trying harder. So, saying Las-o baltă means you are telling someone to leat a situation be.
Do you feel someone is trying to play with you or fool you? Saying nu mă aburi means you are trying to tell them not to fool you.
If you are an English speaker, you will be familiar with the slang cool, which is usually used to express that a statement or situation sounds great. Mișto is a way Romanians say cool, and Ce Misto is 'How cool.' So, when next someone shares that joy or a cool statement with you, it is the right thing to say Mișto.
Similar to Gosh and Damn it! Pisici is how Romanians express their frustration or how upset they are. So, you will likely see a Romanian saying Pisici when they are upset about a situation. If you are on the receiving end, then you must have done something really upsetting. Oops!
To round it up, Fain isn't referring to the Norwegian insult (Sorry, Norwegians), but it is actually a positive word that is used to say that you like something. So, let's say someone is ordering what you also like, you can say 'Ce Fain.'
Now that we've covered the popular Romanin Slang words you will hear in the country, let's look at some internet and text Romanian slang words you should know of so that you won't be thrown into utter confusion when next you are chatting with your Romanian friend(s).
Now, before we move on, don't be shocked at how shortened this slang is! If you are a Romanian learner, you would have noticed how the Romanians drop subjects and other unnecessary words when talking. Well, the same goes for their internet slang words. Let's take a look.
Bă means hello or hey man, and can be used to start any virtual conversation. So, you'd see people writing baaa (add as many extra A's as you want) in daily conversations.
Cnv has the same meaning as sb (American abbreviation of somebody). So, when chatting, instead of saying Cinvea, you can just shorten it to Cnv, and everyone is happy.
Mda means yes. Okay, da means yes in Romanian, and adding the extra ma is just a way to make it sound more casual.
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