Welcome. Romanian will be offered this year via videoconference by a teacher from Columbia University. Here
is a description of this collaborative project.
The course will aggregate around the “city theme”. Our reason for
learning Romanian is that we have already been in Bucharest for about
two months, and we need to perform all the social and linguistic tasks
required by this. Therefore, linguistic competence will be acquired by
everyday linguistic interaction, as it would happen if the students were
immersed in the culture.
This course will be taught as a regular course at Columbia and via videoconferencing at Yale and Cornell. The teacher is present the whole hour on screen, in interaction with the students. It is not an "online" course.
Course meeting times: Beginning T R 11:00 - 12:50; Intermediate T R 1:10 - 3
Cornell students will be able to pursure Romanian study at least through the level of the arts college language requirement.
Instructor: Mona Momescu
Romanian is a Romance language spoken primarily in Romania and
Moldova. It is written in the Latin alphabet. The first known
Romanian text dates from 1521 and the earliest inscription is dated
1731. Romanian phonology and grammar have developed in rather
different directions from those of most other Romance languages
because of the language’s relative isolation from other Romance
languages and its close contact with the Slavic languages and
Hungarian. The vocabulary of Romanian is based on that of Latin, but
loanwords from non-Romance languages are frequent. Most common are
Slavic words, but borrowings from Turkish, Hungarian, and Albanian
In the early 21st century there were about 23,660,000 speakers of
Romanian, of whom about 19,700,000 live in Romania, some 3,000,000 in
Moldova, some 318,000 in Ukraine, about 40,000 in Serbia and 10,000 in
Hungary. There are about 85,000 Romanian speakers in the United
States. An additional 500,000 speak Aromanian (also called
Macedo-Romanian, or Vlach), a group of dialects scattered across
Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, and Romania.
Romanian is currently offered via videoconference from Columbia
University. Cornell students may register for the class in Student
Center through the Department of Romance Studies. Classes meet in a
room in Noyes Lodge on a regular schedule. The teacher is on the
screen and in immediate communication with the students for the entire
class period. It is not an ‘online’ course. Romanian is offered at
all three levels and Cornell students are able to pursue Romanian
language study through and beyond the Cornell Arts College language
requirement. For more information, contact Dick Feldman at
The Romanian teacher is Dr. Mona Momescu, who is the Nicolae Iorga
Chair of Romanian Language and Culture at Columbia University. She
holds a Ph.D. in comparative philology from the University of
Bucharest, Romania. Her research interests are in Romanian national
identity, French studies, and comparative grammar. She also has
extensive experience teaching Romanian as a second language in hybrid
classroom environments. She is the author of Canon, Identitate,
Tranzitie, [Literary Canon, Identity Transition; the Making of
Romanian Modern Cultural Identity 1880-1916] (University of Bucharest
Press, 2007). She may be contacted at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.