The Romanian alphabet consists of 31 Roman letters, but Cyrillic is used in Transnistria to this very day. Romanian is the official language of Romania and Moldova, and is spoken by 24 million people. As a minority language, it is used mainly in Hungary and Serbia. It is also spoken by some groups in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Germany, England, Ireland, but also in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
From the point of view of grammar, it is an inflected language. Romanian has only 2 cases, 3 genders – masculine, feminine, and neuter, and 2 numbers – singular and plural. It distinguishes between 4 main dialects which are considered independent languages. Those are Istro-Romanian, Megleno-Romanian, Aromanian, and Daco-Romanian, which is then divided into Romanian and Moldovan.
Lastly, we have to mention that everyone knows at least a bit of Romanian, thanks to the hit single Dragostea din tei (literally “Love from the Lindens”) released by a Moldovan group called O-Zone. You’ve already started singing it, haven’t you? J