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limba română
Native to Romania, Moldova, Transnistria (Disputed region)
Minority in:
Israel, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, diaspora in Italy, Spain, Scotland, Portugal and other parts of Western Europe
Native speakers 24 million  (2007)
Second language: 4 million
Language family
Early forms:
  • Romanian
Writing system Latin (Romanian alphabet)
Romanian Braille
Official status
Official language in  Romania
 European Union
Recognised minority language in  Hungary
Regulated by Academia Română
Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Linguasphere 51-AAD-c (varieties: 51-AAD-ca to -ck)
Map Roumanophone World.png
Blue: region where Romanian is the dominant language. Green: areas with a notable minority of Romanian speakers.

The Romanian language is a Romance language, meaning it comes from Latin like French, Spanish and Italian. It has 66% Latin-based words and 20% Slavic-based words. The rest are newer and come from Dacian, Turkish, Greek, or English. There are about 28 million speakers: 24 million who speak it as their mother tongue and 4 million who have learned it as their second language.

Romanian is also the most spoken language in Moldova, which is northeast of Romania. The Moldovan language is a kind of Romanian with certain differences, such as the dialect and a Moldavian accent.

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