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Moldovan (limba moldovenească / лимба молдовеняскэ)

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.

Cyrillic alphabet for Moldovan

Cyrillic alphabets for Moldovan

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Sample text in Cyrillic alphabet

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.

Transliteration

Toate ființele umane se nasc libere și egale în demnitate și în drepturi. Ele sunt înzestrate cu rațiune și conștiință și trebuie să se comporte unele față de altele în spiritul fraternității.

Translation

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 videos in and about Romanian in Moldova

Links

Information about Moldovan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldovan_language
http://languagetsar.com/care-e-diferenta-intre-limba-romana-in-republica-moldova-si-romania/

Moldovan/Romanian - a discussion
http://www.languagehat.com/archives/001538.php

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, Neapolitan, Occitan, Picard, Piedmontese, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian, Walloon

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet


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