La Revedere (Lah Rev-ed-air-ay) means goodbye. Sadly, I had to say goodbye this week to one of the English Education trainees who had become a close friend. For reasons beyond her control, she had to return to the States unexpectedly. Because PST is so intense, the trainees tend to become extremely close, so it’s really difficult to say goodbye. La revedere, my friend, we miss you already!
Împușcă-mă acum! (“eum-poosh-cuh muh ah-coom”)* means “Shoot me now!” So far, this Peace Corps experience has many awesome moments, including occasional take-your-breath-away events and many moments of quiet satisfaction. And then there’s that moment when they trot out a really difficult grammar point, and your fellow trainee sums up everyone’s feelings when he asks the teacher for the translation of “Shoot me now!”
Prieten (“pree-YET-ten”*) means friend. I am so thankful for my new Peace Corps friends, and that we’re here to support each other through this exciting, but very challenging adventure. Y’all rock!
Motănaș (moe-tuh-nash*) means kittens. It is the word for the week because some of my fellow PCTs discovered a group of precious kittens living near the cemetery on the hill. Here are some of the kittens, and the view from the hill:
“Vișine” (“vee-shee-nay”)* means sour cherries. Right now the cherries are ready for picking. (I’ve discovered that there are sweet cherries, for eating, and sour cherries, for baking.) Yesterday my host family picked two large buckets of vișine and my host mom made compot, a boiled cherry juice. Many families are making cherry plăcintă. Cherries are everywhere!
Mulțumesc (moolt-soo-mesk) means “Thank You”. Today I am thankful for my wonderful teachers and trainers, and also for the GORGEOUS roses at the school where I study each day.