Romanian

I frequently take cabs in Chicago.  I have found that the lion’s share of cab drivers are Pakistani, Indian, Nigerian, Ghanan and. . . . Romanian.   There seem to be quite a few young men – and a few young women – from Romania who are driving hacks.  And most of these, rather than coming from Bucharest, are from Transylvania. 

Romanian is one language on which I haven’t a clue.  So I inevitably ask questions of the drivers to pick up tidbits of information.  Romanian I have learned is a Romance and not a Slavic language.  It is derived from Latin and is most closely-related to Italian and Spanish.   It often causes a stir when I get in a taxi, do a quick diagnosis of the driver, and ask “What part of Transylvania are you from?”  Gets ’em every time. . . . .

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