Istro-Romanian (rumârește)

Istro-Romanian is a Balkan Romance language spoken mainly a few villages on the Istria peninsula in the northwest of Croatia, particularly the village of Žejane. In 2007 there were about 1,400 speakers of Istro-Romanian, including 300 native speakers. It is spoken mainly by adults and is classified by UNESCO as seriously endangered.

Istro-Romanian is also known as Istrio-Romanian, Roma or Romani. Speakers call it rumârește, vlășește or rumêri-kuvinta, and call themselves Rumeri or Rumeni. They are also known as Vlachs, Rumunski, Ćići or Ćiribiri.

More than half the words used in Istro-Romanian are borrowed from other languages, particularly from Croatian and Slovenian, and also from Italian, Venetian and Old Church Slavonic.

Istro-Romanian alphabet

Istro-Romanian

Notes

The letters Q, W, X and Y are used in loanwords and personal names.

Download an alphabet chart for Istro-Romanian (Excel)

Information about written Istro-Romanian supplied by Wolfram Siegel (PDF)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Čåče nostru, carle ști ân čer,
neca se spunę voli̯a a Tę,
cum ân čer, așa și pre pemint.
Pâra nostrę såca zi dę nam åstez.
Odprostę nam dužan,
ca și noi̯ odprostim a lu noștri dužnič.
Neca nu ne Tu vezi ân napastovańe,
neca ne zbaveșt de zvaca slabę.
Amen

Translation (Romanian)

Tatăl nostru care ești în ceruri,
facă-se voia Ta,
precum în cer, așa și pe pământ.
Pâinea noastră cea de toate zilele dă-ne-o nouă astăzi.
Și ne iartă nouă păcatele noastre,
precum și noi iertăm greșiților noștri.
Și nu ne duce pe noi în ispită,
ci ne izbăvește de cel rău.
Amin.

Sample videos in Istro-Romanian

Links

Information about Istro-Romanian
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istro-Romanian_language
https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limba_istroromână
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Истрорумынский_язык
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/ruo
https://www.vlaski-zejanski.com/en/
https://www.istro-romanian.com/linguistics/index.htm
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/lang/3442
https://vlaski-zejanski.com/en/jezicne-lekcije/learn-language-lessons-pronunciation-2
https://www.istro-romanian.com/linguistics/alphabet.htm

Romance languages

Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Dalmatian, Emilian-Romagnol, Extremaduran, Fala, Franco-Provençal, French, Friulian, Galician, Gallo, Gascon, Genoese, Guernésiais, Istro-Romanian, Istriot, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladino, Ladin, Ligurian, Lombard, Lorrain, Megleno-Romanian, Mirandese, Moldovan, Monégasque, Mozarabic, Neapolitan, Occitan, Occitan (Auvergnat), Occitan (Languedocien), Occitan (Limousin), Occitan (Provençal), Picard, Piedmontese, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian, Walloon

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Date created: 10.06.21. Last modified: 11.06.21


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