The varieties of Romanian spoken in Moldova were formerly known as Moldovan. However in 2013 the Moldovan Constitutional Court ruled that the language of Moldova should be called Romanian. People in urban areas in Moldova refer to their language as Romanian, while most people in rural areas still call it Moldovan. About 2.5 million people in Moldova speak Romanian.
Between 1924 and 1991 Moldova was part of the Soviet Union. It was known as the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic from 1924-1940, and as the Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic after that. The language of Moldova was officially known as Moldovan (лимба молдовеняскэ), and was written with the Cyrillic alphabet.
The Romanian version of the Latin alphabet was adopted in Moldova in 1989, though some orthographic changes adopted in Romanian are not generally used in Moldova. In Transnistria the Cyrillic alphabet is still used.
Тоате фиинцеле умане се наск либере ши егале ын демнитате ши ын дрептурь. Еле сынт ынзестрате ку рациуне ши конштиинцэ ши требуе сэ се компорте унеле фацэ де алтеле ын спиритул фратернитэций.
Toate fiinţele umane se nasc libere şi egale în demnitate şi în drepturi. Ele sunt înzestrate cu raţiune şi conştiinţă şi trebuie să se comporte unele faţă de altele în spiritul fraternităţii.
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.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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Moldovan/Romanian - a discussion
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