Romanian Romania and Moldova


Slang USED In the past BY Everyone

(interjection) • Equivalent to the English "hello".

"Sall! Ce mai faci? Demult nu ne-am văzut."

"Hello! How are you? Long time no see."

Confirmed by 2 people


Romanian Dobrogea (especially in Constanța), Romania


Slang USED Frequently BY Young People

It means "dude".

"Ce mai faci, şaule?"

"What's up, dude?"

Romanian Romania

pe apa Sîmbetei

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(on Saturday's water) • It's used when something has gone wrong or has been wasted.

"Ai reusit să faci prăjitura la care lucrai azi? "Nu, aluatul nu s-a umflat suficient si s-a dus pe apa s Sîmbetei."

"Did you manage to make the cookies you were working on today?" "No, the dough didn't rise enough and it went on Saturday's water"


Romanian Romania

nu sunt în apele mele

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(I'm not in my waters) • It's used when we say that we aren't feeling like ourselves / feeling unwell.

"hei, te simti bine? Pari a fi abatut." "Nu sunt in apele mele."

"Hey, are you feeling well? You seem sad." "I'm not in my waters."

Confirmed by 2 people


Romanian Transylvania, Romania

No bine!

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(No good!) • It is used to express a variety of answers like "yes", "no", "maybe", "I don't know", "no way", "obviously", "I don't care", etc. We can tell what the other person wants to express according to the context. This expression mostly in Transylvania.

"Ești sigur că pe aici ajungem la Bran?" "No bine!"

"Are you sure this is the right road? to Bran" "No good!"

Romanian Romania


Word USED In the past BY Older Generations

(adjective) • This word describes someone who wants to struggle to do something.

"Ce se tot coțopenește cu cazmaua aia?"

"Why is he struggling with that shovel?"


Romanian Romania

la naiba-n praznic

Expression USED Frequently BY Everybody

It is used for a place which is annoyingly far away.

-"De ce îi ia așa mult să se întoarcă?" -"Păi dacă s-a dus la naiba-n praznic"

-"Why is he taking so long to come back?" -"It's because he went to the devil's party"

Romanian Romania

A se potrivi ca nuca în perete

Expression USED Frequently BY Some People

(To fit like a nut in the wall) • This expression is used to refer to something that does not fit at all.

"Do you like my new outfit?" "It fits like a nut in the wall."

"Îți place ținuta mea?" "Se potrivește ca nuca în perete."


Romanian Romania

Ești varză

Slang USED Frequently BY Everybody

(You're cabbage) • It's generally used to tell someone they suck when they dissapoint you.

"Nu știi să faci tema la mate? Ești varză!"

"You don't know how to do the maths homework? You're cabbage!"

Romanian Romania

ca baba și mitraliera

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(Like an old lady and a machine-gun) • It means that someone does not fit for the task or that two things have nothing in common.

"Dickerson a fost ca baba și mitraliera, pregătirile au întârziat și expediția nu a fost lansată."

"Dickerson was like an old lady and a machine-gun, the preparations stalled and the expedition was not launched."


Romanian Romania

A se duce pe apa Sambetei

Idiom USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(To leave on the Saturday's water) • to lose something

"Probele s-au dus pe apa sâmbetei."

"The evidence left on the Saturday's water."


Romanian Romania and Moldova

a-și băga piciorul

Idiom USED Frequently BY Everyone

(to stick his feet in) • To give up, often because the situation did not go as originally planned.

"Jur că, de când maică-ta și-a băgat picioarele, spatele mă doare mai rău."

"I swear that since your mom stuck her feet in, my back has gotten worse."

Romanian Romania

a-i sări muștarul

Idiom USED Frequently BY Everyone

(to have his mustard jump off) • to lose temper

"Ascultându-l pe soțul meu că spune asta, mi-a sărit muștarul."

"Hearing my husband say that, it had my mustard jump off."


Romanian Romania

a-i pica fisa

Idiom USED Frequently BY Everyone

(to drop his coin) • It means that someone received something good without expecting it.

"Și atunci i-a picat fisa lui Michael."

"And that's when it dawned on Michael."

Romanian Romania

Nea Caisă

Name USED Frequently BY Middle Aged People

(Mister Apricot) • It's a generic name that's used when you don't remember a man's actual name.

"Chiuveta este înfundată, ar trebui să apelăm instalatorul." "Cunosc un tip, ah... Nea Caisă."

"The sink is clogged, we should call the plumber." "I know a guy, ah... Mister Apricot."

Romanian Romania and Moldova


Abbreviation USED Very frequently BY Everyone

Internet slang abbreviation for "ce faci?", meaning "what are you doing?"

"Salut! Cf azi?"

"Hi! What are you doing today?"


Romanian Romania


Interjection USED Frequently BY Teens

(n.) • (balls) • It is an interjection used when addressing friends in informal conversations.

"Ce faci, coaie?" "Foarte bine, coaie. Tu? "

"What's up, balls?" "All good, balls. What about you?"

Romanian Romania and Moldova

la paștele cailor

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(at the horse's Easter) • It means "never".

"Când îmi dai banii înapoi?" "La paștele cailor!"

"When will you give me my money back?" "At the horse's Easter!"

Romanian Romania

a o șterge englezește

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(to leave English-style) • It means to leave quickly from a location without being seen.

"Ai văzut-o pe Maria? Trebuie să vorbesc cu ea." "Nu, a șters-o englezește."

"Have you seen Maria? I have to talk to her." "No, she left English-style."

Romanian Romania and Moldova

la mama dracului

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(at the devil's mother) • It is used for something that is very far away.

"Vrei să mergem la cinema?" "Nu. E la mama dracului."

"Do you want to go to the cinema?" "No. It's at the devil's mother."