The official language is Romanian, and is spoken throughout Romania. Additionally, the country has an important Hungarian minority, that lives in some areas of Transylvania and speaks Hungarian. There are also German, Armenian, Jewish and Roma minorities.
As a result of the mandatory teaching of two foreign languages, many Romanians have a good knowledge of English and French or German, and Italian and Spanish are also spoken widely. As a result, speaking Romanian is not necessary for most jobs as an expat. However, a basic knowledge of the language is always useful in social contexts, allowing you to become better integrated with your host culture.
Language schools that offer Romanian classes for foreigners are easy to find in Bucharest. Additionally, there are several public institutions that offer such courses during the school year. Your company may assist you with finding a private tutor or a language course that fits your needs.
It is important to consider the price, the weekly workload and your current knowledge of the language. Courses may be extensive (up to 10 hours per week), intensive (10 to 20 hours) or total immersion.
Institutions and schools that may offer Romanian language classes:
For other languages (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.):
Private lessons are a more effective way of learning a foreign language, as it offers the possibility to fully customize the class to your needs and to advance at your own pace. However, they can also be much more expensive than a group class. Prices range between 10-20 euros per hour, depending on the tutor's experience and qualifications.
You can arrange for a private tutor with most of the language schools that offer Romanian classes for foreigners. Otherwise, search for opportunities in local English-language newspapers, message boards at universities or cafes, or online message boards such as EasyExpat.
An exchange partner is an excellent resource for practicing a new language with a native speaker. Additionally, you have the opportunity to better understand the culture of the area and become aware of the local happenings. Language exchange partners can answer your questions about gift giving, festivals, nightlife, or greetings. In the best case sceneries, an exchange partner is not only your ambassador, but a friend. Fond a tandem partner through EasyExpat's forums. Language exchange events can also be found on Language Exchange Bucharest.