Romanian Tatar (Tatarșa / Tatar tĭlĭ)

Romanian Tatar is a variety of Crimean Tatar spoken by about 35,000 people, mainly in the Dobrogea region in southeastern Romania, and also in Bulgaria and Turkey. It is a member of the Kipchak-Nogai branch of the Turkic language family, and has borrowed many words from Romanian, and some from Turkish.

Romanian Tatar has three dialects: the Kırım or Bozkır dialect (Şöl tĭlĭ), the Nogay dialect (Nogay tĭlĭ) and the Yalıbolu dialect (Yalıbolu tĭlĭ). The Kırım dialect is spoken by about 70% of Romanian Tatars, while the other dialects have fewer speakers. They differ mainly in pronunciation, and to some extent in vocabulary.

Romanian Tatar is written with the Latin alphabet. An orthography was developed in 1956 by the Institute of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy. A new orthography was developed in 2010, although it is not officially recognised or accepted in Romania yet.

Romanian Tatar has been offered as a subject in some Romanian schools since 2020. It is recognised as a minority language in Romania.

Romanian Tatar alphabet

Latin alphabet for Romanian Tatar


Some spelling systems use ș (s with comma below), while others use ş (s with cedilla).

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Sample text

Putun insanlar haq, serbestlĭk we huquq bolaraq bĭr tuwalar. Onlar aqıl we wicdan sahıbı bolalar we bĭrbĭrlerĭne qardașlıq zihniyetĭnen dawranmaları kerekĭr.


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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Turkic languages

Altay, Äynu, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Chagatai, Chelkan, Chulym, Chuvash, Crimean Tatar, Dolgan, Fuyu Kyrgyz, Gagauz, Ili Turki, Karachay-Balkar, Karaim, Karakalpak, Karamanli Turkish, Kazakh, Khakas, Khalaj, Khorasani Turkic, Krymchak, Kumandy, Kyrgyz, Nogai, Old Turkic, Qashqai, Romanian Tatar, Salar, Shor, Siberian Tatar, Soyot, Tatar, Teleut, Tofa, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Urum, Uyghur, Uzbek, Western Yugur, Yakut (Sakha)

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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