Romanian language facts for kids

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limba română
Native to

Romania, Moldova, Transnistria (Disputed region)
Minority in:

Israel, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, diaspora in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and other parts of Western Europe
Native speakers 24 million  (2007)
Second language: 4 million
Language family
  • Italic
Early forms:
  • Romanian
Writing system Latin (Romanian alphabet)
Romanian Braille
Official status
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)
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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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