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Romani

Classification: Indo-European – Indo-Iranian – Indo-Aryan – Central – Romani

Number of speakers: 1,600,180 (Ethnologue)

Countries where it is spoken: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Finland, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and Ukraine

Varieties: (most of these varieties are not mutually intelligible)

  • Romani Vlax (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Brasil, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the UK)
  • Romani Sinte (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Serbian, Slovenia and Switzerland)
  • Balkan Romani (Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine)
  • Carpato-Romani (Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine)
  • Baltic Romani (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine)
  • Finnish Kalo (Finland and Sweden)

Example:

Sa e manušikane strukture bijandžona tromane thaj jekhutne ko digniteti thaj capipa. Von si baxtarde em barvale gndaja thaj godžaja thaj trubun jekh avereja te kherjakeren ko vodži pralipaja.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

 

CONTENT:

Vocabulary:

  • The Family
  • The Numbers
  • The Week
  • The Months

 

Texts:

 

Wikitongues Video Sample:

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