Romanian language facts
|Native to||Israel, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, diaspora in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and other parts of Western Europe|
|Native speakers||24 million (2007)
Second language: 4 million
|Writing system||Latin (Romanian alphabet)
|Official language in||European Union|
|Recognised minority language in|| Hungary
|Regulated by||Academia Română
Academy of Sciences of Moldova
51-AAD-c (varieties:51-AAD-ca to -ck)
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. In Moldova, they refer to Romanian as Moldavian. However, there are certain differences, such as the dialect and a Moldavian accent.
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