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P3.2 How to pronounce combinations of Romanian vowels - Part 2

Romanian diphthongs vowels and semivowels

This is the second part of the Romanian vowels combined pronunciation lesson. We assume that you have already studied the part 1.

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce:

How to say the vowels "i" and "a" together

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grass

iarbă

/'jar.bə/

stone

piatră

/'pja.trə/

clearing (area without trees)

poia

/po'ja.nə/

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How do you pronounce "ie" vowels together in Romanian in the same syllable?

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Rabbit

Iepure

/'je.pu.re/

Nails (a spike-shaped metal fastener)

Cuie

/'ku.je/

Honey

Miere

/'mje.re/

Lost

Pierdut

/pjer'dut/

Brain

Creier

/'kre.jer/

Coat rack

Cuier

/ku'jer/

Yesterday

Ieri

/jerʲ/

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How do you pronounce the occurrence of the vowel "i" twice in a Romanian word?

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Thousands

Mii

/mij/

Sons

Fii

/fij/

Firemen

Pompierii

/pom.pi'e.rij/

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Please check our previous lesson on the pronunciation of the vowel "i" for a more comprehensive list of samples of the "ii" pronunciation.

How to pronounce the vowels "i" and "o" together in Romanian

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Ionuț (a Romanian first name)

Ionuț

/jo'nut͡s/

to whine, to whimper, to mew

miorlăi

/mjor.lə'i/

jonathan (an apple type)

ionatan

/jo.na'tan/

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The "io" combination pronounced in the same syllable with the stress on the "o" is quite rare in Romanian. Based on our research this type of pronunciation of "io" can only occur at the beginning of a word.
Besides the examples above, there are only a handful of other words that are pronounced like this.

It is important to understand that there are many other words in Romanian where the vowels "i" and "o" are one after the other, however they are pronounced separately (hiatus) e.g. :Ion (another Romanian first name), violet, marionetă,vioară etc.

Combined pronunciation of "iu" where the stress falls on the "i"

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Son

Fiu

/fiw/

[I] know

Știu

/ʃtiw/

glazier

geamgiu

/d͡ʒe̯am'd͡ʒiw/

Ashy

Cenușiu

/ʧe.nu'ʃiw/

Brownish

Maroniu

/ma.ro'niw/

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There are two ways of pronouncing "iu" in Romanian: in some words "iu" the stress is on "i" while on others "iu" the stress is on "u". There is no rule around when one stress occurs over the other. You will just have to learn the words by heart with their pronunciation.

Combined pronunciation of "iu" where the stress falls on the "u"

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I love you in Romanian

Te iubesc

/te ju'besk/

June

Iunie

/'ju.ni.e/

July

Iulie

/'ju.li.e/

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Romanian Exercises: How to say the vowels "i" and "a" together

Question 1 / 48

Listen to the following word/expression.
Choose the word that you hear from the list below


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