Romanian Tatar (Tatar tílí / تَاتَارْ تِلِ)

Romanian Tatar is a member of the Kipchak-Nogai branch of Turkic language family. It is spoken by about 70,000 people, mainly in Constanța County in the south of the Dobrogea region in the southeast of Romania, and in the Dobrich Province in northeastern in Bulgaria. It is also spoken in Turkey, Moldova and Ukraine.

In Romania, Romanian Tatar is commonly called the Tatar language (Limba tătară). In some sources it is known as Dobrujan Tatar, Danube Tatar, Budjak Tatar, Moldovan-Romanian Tatar, Nogai, Nogai-Tatar, Dobrujan Nogai, Budjak Nogai, Crimean Tatar, Dobrujan Crimean Tatar, Authentic Crimean Tatar or Colloquial Crimean Tatar.

Romanian Tatar has three dialects, which differ mainly in pronunciation, and to some extent in vocabulary.

Written Romanian Tatar

There are ways to write Romanian Tatar with the Latin, Cyrillic and Arabic alphabets. The Arabic alphabet was used until 1956. An orthography using the Latin alphabet was developed in 1956 by the Institute of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy. A new Latin orthography was developed in 2010, although it is not officially recognised or accepted in Romania yet. There is some written material in the language, including magazines, novels, dictionaries, school textbooks, science books, and books of poems. There are some programmes about the language on Romanian television.

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

Taner Murat, a Romanian Tatar writer, poet and translator, has published work in Romanian Tatar in the Cyrillic alphabet, the Arabic script and the Old Turkic script, as well as in the Latin alphabet. The Cyrillic version was designed to create a connection with other Turkic languages, such as Crimean Tatar.

Romanian Tatar alphabet (Tatar elifbesí)

Romanian Tatar alphabet (Tatar elifbesí)


Romanian Tatar Cyrillic alphabet (Татар элифбэсі)

Romanian Tatar Cyrillic alphabet (Татар элифбэсі)

Romanian Tatar Arabic alphabet (تَاتَارْ اَلِفْبَسِ)

Romanian Tatar Arabic alphabet

Download alphabet charts for Romanian Tatar (Excel)

Sample text (Latin)

Bútún insanlar hakk, serbestlík we hukuk bolarak bír tuwalar. Olar akîl we wiğdan sahibí bolalar we bír-bírleríne kardaşlîk zihiniyetínen dawranmalarî kerekír.

Sample text (Cyrillic)

Бүтүн инсанлар хакк, сэрбэстлік ўэ хукук боларак бір туўалар. Олар акыл ўэ ўиҗдан сахибі болалар ўэ бір-бірлэрінэ кардашлык зихинийэтінэн даўранмалары кэрэкір.

Sample text (Arabic)

بُتُنْ ءِنْسَانْلَارْ هَاقّْ، سَرْبَسْتْلِكْ وَ هُقُقْ بُلَارَاقْ بِرْ تُوَالَارْ۔ اُلَارْ اَقِلْ وَ وِجْدَانْ سَهِبِ بُلَالَارْ وَ بِرْ؍بِرْلَرِنَ قَارْدَاشْلِقْ زِهِنِيَتِنً دَاوْرَانْمَالَارِ كَرَكِرْ۔


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, Kumyk, Kyrgyz, Lop, 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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