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The Romanian Cultural Institute in London has launched a mini-series made up of 7 short episodes portraying just as many of Romania’s most prominent cultural and historical personalities: Stephen the Great, Queen Marie, George Enescu, etc. Written and presented by Dr Tessa Dunlop, the series is broadcast weekly on the Institute’s website and Facebook page.

Of the three great regions of today’s Romania, two, Wallachia and Moldavia, were almost uninterruptedly under Ottoman rule from the late 14th century to mid-19th century. Politically, the relations with the Sublime Porte were tense, when not hostile, marked by wars, broken agreements, corruption, plotting, conspiracies and court intrigues. However, linguistically the Romanian language was remarkably welcoming of Turkish-origin words….

In 1937, a prominent Romanian academic, Constantin Rădulescu-Motru, published a study titled The Psychology of the Romanian People. Its main claims were that the Romanians are a gregarious people, not very autonomous or perseverant in their work.  [...] A remake of the old study was needed to clarify our place and role within the value framework of the new geopolitical structures Romania is now part of (NATO, the EU).

It’s probably the most out-of-the-ordinary kind of museum: the Museum of Broken Relationships, for lovers of yesterday... Based in Zageb and Los Angeles, it’s soon coming to Bucharest. Visit it between 3 September and 17 October at the Rezidenţa BRD Scena9 (32 Ion Luca Caragiale Street), Tuesday to Friday 4pm-8pm, and at weekends from 1pm to 8pm. Guaranteed to alleviate even recent split-ups! ;) Appointments here.

Fresh from the oven: this month’s dose of Romanian-language practice includes a new batch of 10 mixed-level exercises which will put your mind to good work in the language brain gym. We hope you can fly through them! Steady, go! (Answer key at the end.)

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