The Romanian Language
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Romanian is an Eastern Romance language, most closely related to Italian. Today it is the
official language of Romania and the Republic of Moldova (where it is
known as Moldavian). Latin was first brought to modern-day Romania at
the time of the Roman occupation of Dacia and survived in relative
isolation in south-eastern Europe before emerging as modern Romanian in
the Middle Ages. The geographical position of Romanian has resulted in
significant Slavonic, Turkish, Hungarian and Greek influence, to which
can be added major French influence in the nineteenth and early
twentieth century, and, in the present day, the influence of English.
Given the imminent
accession of Romania to the European Union, the Romanian language is in
greater demand then ever, thanks to the increasing number of commercial,
business and professional connections established between Romania and
the international community.
The language also
becomes more popular as Romania's tourist industry grows. Each year an
ever greater number of tourists visits the country, keen to see the
monasteries, the Danube Delta, the university towns and the land of
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Wednesday 5 January 2011.