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Moldovan (limba moldovenească / лимба молдовеняскэ)

There is much debate about whether Moldovan is a dialect of Romanian, or a separate language. As far as linguists are concerned, Moldovan and Romanian are the same, or are closely-related, mutually intelligible dialects of the same language. According to Wikipedia, Moldovan is the official name for the Romanian language in the Republic of Moldova and in the territory of Transnistria. About 2.6 million people speak this language/dialect in Moldova.

Until 1989 Moldovan was written with the Cyrillic alphabet. After that the Romanian version of the Latin alphabet was adopted in Moldova, though some orthographic changes adopted in Romanian are not generally used in Moldova. In Transnistria the Cyrillic alphabet is still used.

Cyrillic alphabet for Moldovan

Cyrillic alphabets for Moldovan

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Sample text in Moldovan

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)

Sample text provided by Sergej Lazarev

Sample video in Moldovan


Information about Moldovan

Moldovan/Romanian - a discussion

Romance languages

Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Dalmatian, Emilian-Romagnol, Extremaduran, Fala, Franco-Provençal, French, Friulian, Galician, Gallo, Genoese, Guernésiais, Istriot, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladino, Ladin, Lombard, Megleno-Romanian, Mirandese, Moldovan, Monégasque, Occitan, Picard, Piedmontese, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian, Walloon

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet

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