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What language do Moldovan people speak and why? Where is Moldova?

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Today I received a comment as people feel sad that I added to my profile the so called "Moldavian" language, that according to many (including me) is one and the same language with Romanian.

But so many conflicts come out of it... Some people, foreigners ask - "Why do you say you speak Romanian when you country's name is Moldova?" One and the same answer comes back.... Won't say it here... hope any of you, dear readers can add some comments.

Another thing I heard from some really good interpreters from USA that they certainly know that Moldavian language and Romanian are the same, but others don't and the more languages you add to your profile, the better. Besides many look for such interpreters that speak Moldavian and they don't care and don't even know facts about Moldova. So they really pay well somebody who attached this language into their CV.

Anyway - I worked recently on a documentary called "Ca la Moldova" that everyone will soon be able to watch on internet. This documentary has many opinions on what language Moldova people speak... One man who is 90 years old and a World War II Veteran said that his parents would wake up from their graves if they heard he spoke Romanian and not Moldavian.

P.S. For my recent added friend in here: I really know it is a painful topic, I want other voices to express the opinion, not just comment like "sad" - we all know it is... But thank you!

In fact many people don't even know where is Moldova?

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Daniela Bolganschi's picture

“Moldovenism”

Dear Victoria,

I expressed my attitude as "sad' since seeing on your profile the Moldovan dialect listed as a LANGUAGE!!! I tend to believe that you accept its existence and legitimacy! I just wonder what motivated you to list it as an additional "language"? Is it bacause "they really pay well somebody who attached this language into their CV" or because "the more languages you add to your profile, the better" as you stated?

For those who do not know much about this outrageous debate in Republic of Moldova, the Moldovan "language" or “Moldovenism” is a theory of the existence of a Moldovan ethnicity and Moldovan language that is different from Romanian ethnicity and language. It was used by the Russian Empire and USSR to justify the annexation of territories that were part of feudal Moldova and Romania. In the view of the promoters of this idea, “Moldovans,” in comparison with “Romanians,” were formed under a strong Slavic cultural influence. In the former SSRM this policy was applied using all the instruments of the soviet political regime, such as maximum possible isolation from the neighboring Romania, physical extermination of some social segments, forced Russification, premeditated change of the ethnic structure and implementation of Romania-phobia, including by using the education system. This instrument is continuously and highly exploited in political confrontations in the Republic of Moldova.

Much peace and love,
Daniela

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

Mr. President's language

On tv channels yesterday has been shown how the leaders of different parties voted for the future Parliament:
my attention was focused on mister President.
Follow the conversation:
Reporter (asking in Russian): What did you vote for today?
Answer: For Moldova Nation...
Another Reporter: Say it in Romanian please!
Answer: I don't speak Romanian, I speak Moldavian. And I kindly ask you to do the same in Moldavian...
Answer in Russian continuing: For country, for people, for development..

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
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Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

calamoldova.com

Dear all,
as I promised, there is a possibility for you to discover what my country is through the interviews I have been taking from the people that are taking part in the documentary CA LA MOLDOVA www.calamoldova.com

Due to current the events unfolding in Moldova we have decided to release the documentary film “Ca La Moldova” early to the entire world, for free. Please watch the 60-minute film about current day struggles in Moldova. Our film directly relates to current events unfolding in the Republic of Moldova and we encourage you to give your support to those who need it. Download it, post the address, and spread the film throughout the Internet.

http://calamoldova.com/watch-film/

The making of the documentary film “Ca La Moldova” has been an incredible learning process and moreover an invaluable cultural exchange. We have had tremendous support along the way and are grateful to everyone that helped us, inspired us, and pushed us to tell this story through the voices of Moldova.We encourage you to take a minute to check out our website, watch our trailer and learn more about our story. We hope you enjoy our work.

With the documentary Ca La Moldova, EXPAT Pictures has created a snapshot of life in the Republic of Moldova. Through brilliant photography and compelling interviews, Ca La Moldova explores the present day challenges the country faces set against the backdrop of the rich cultural history of the land formerly known as Bessarabia. Ca La Moldova tracks Moldova’s transition from a Soviet Republic to an independent state, through the economic turmoil and uncertainty of the 1990s, to the election of a Communist government in 2001, to the present day issues of emigration, corruption, language, and the tensions that exist between ethnic Romanians and Russians.

The film’s narrative begets the questions: was life better during the Soviet Union or now? Perspectives from all segments of society capture the soul of a nation as it comes to terms with its past. Will the country move forward toward a liberal democracy or try to retain the security and stability of Communism? As Moldovans try to chart a course for the future of their country a new challenge emerges. Many Moldovan youths desire to leave the country. Spurred on by a lack of opportunities, small salaries, corruption and patronage the majority of young Moldovans believe their future lies outside of Moldova’s borders. Will they remain abroad or return home? Can Moldova’s economy be sustained on remittances? What will Moldova’s future hold if an entire generation emigrates with no plans to return?

Through Ca La Moldova, Expat Pictures hope to stir a national debate among Moldovans as to what the future holds for their country. Ca La Moldova hopes to inspire the youth of Moldova to embrace the challenges their nation faces. Ca La Moldova is a call to Moldovans abroad to return home. Ca La Moldova illustrates the beauty of a nation with an all too unfortunate past as it looks for a brighter future.

I hope you won't be indifferent to what me and my friends did in this documentary.
This is my first experience of co-producer and I really believe that people can learn more about my country through the stories that simple people say.

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
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