Friday, December 19, 2008
I've recently subscribed to podcasts from Radio Romania.
A decade (+) ago a favorite pastime of mine was picking up foreign shortwave radio broadcasts. It was a minor thrill knowing that you were listening to radio waves from the other side of the globe that had reached you by bouncing off of the ionosphere.
In 1995 I heard the Russian side of the WWII story as 'Radio Moscow'/'Voice of Russia' broadcast many historical/propoganda programs honoring the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII.
Now that there are foreign radio station podcasts available, I no longer have to set aside time to search frequencies and hope for good reception to get a listen to Deutsche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corp etc..
Romania was one of those broadcast countries that I was never able to pull in over the air so I was pleased to be able to get regular podcasts of 'Living Romania' in English.
It's a nice show with a balance of News, History (mostly about the former Dictatorship), Cooking (!) and a short feature 'Learn Romanian'.
'Learn Romanian', that's great ! I had learned a few Russian phrases from Radio Moscow's 'Learn Russian' series.. things like
"so, we'll sign the (business) contract tomorrow".
Getting used to the sound of the Romanian language will be something new...
So the lesson began:
"Today we will learn a few words and phrases that will help you when you are driving in Romania"
(ha ha ha !! "Felony ???" I need to be aware of this word ? )
The lesson dialogue went along the lines of:
"May I see your Driver's License"
"You were traveling faster than the speed limit"
"THAT IS A FELONY"
That's so funny (or is it scary) ?
I was expecting the next line to be:
"How much can I pay you right now to forget all about this incident"
(but it wasn't)
The 'Living Romania' Podcast RSS feed is: wrn.org/listeners/stations/rss.php?id=32&s=eu
Highly recommended !