Romanian, or limba română, is a Romance language spoken officially in Romania and Moldova. It has a total number of 28 million speakers.
The language is first mentioned in historical records only in the 16th century. By that time, it has already been influenced by Slavic languages and :Greek:. More recent loan words have come from mainly :French:.
Although Romanian is officially spoken in Moldova, it is sometimes called “Moldovan” there. This was more common before the fall of the USSR but the tradition continues to some even today.
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