Monday, June 4, 2018

Languages are Flying

I'm at a conference sponsored by the Rroma Workers' Network in Romanian. But take a close look at this sign we passed on the way here. There are two languages on it:  Romanian and Hungarian. The fancy bus stop has a bit of a Hungarian wood-carving look to it, too. This camp is in the Hungarian-speaking region of Romania. And if that is not confusing enough, three of the guests just spoke to each other in Russian (two from Moldova; one from Bulgaria). And then the Bulgarian guest discovered that one of the Moldovans was also Romany, so they chatted a bit in Romani. 

Yes, languages are flying. Fortunately, the conference offers English and Romanian translation. The ethnically Hungarian Romanian with us speaks both of those languages, more or less fluently.

Mary, on the road

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