Reading Romanian…or trying to

Every week, I meet with a language instructor from Peace Corps to do a few hours of Romanian tutoring.  As Peace Corps volunteers, we’re reimbursed for 12 hours of tutoring per month so that we can further develop language skills that will help us be effective in our places of work.

One of the things I’ve been doing with my tutor is reading from books written in Romanian.  Right now, we’re going through a story written by a girl who was a victim of human trafficking.  It’s an incredible story; very powerful.  I read aloud to help practice pronounciation, and then I retell what I read in English.  I’ve enjoyed doing this so much, that I decided to pick up another book to go through on my own.  It’s a book written by Miguel Pedrero about corruption in the political realm, and I really wanted to share an excerpt from the introduction.  I hope you enjoy it too (I’ll include both Romanian and English translations):

„Însă adevărul este că, în pofida tuturor acestor aspecte, nu trebuie să ne pierdem optimismul; din fericire, la toate nivelurile încă mai există milioane de oameni cu suflet bun, idealiști care luptă în fiecare zi pentru o lume mai bună.  Da, lumea a fost mereu nedreaptă și, în același timp, pasionantă și misterioasă.  Merită să trăim, să ne bucurăm de existență, să lăsăm la o parte ranchiunele noastre protești, să ne ajutăm semenii și, mai presus de toate, să nu ne pierdem niciodată speranța și curiozitatea.”

“But the truth is, despite all these aspects, we should not lose optimism; fortunately, at all levels, there are still millions of people with good hearts, idealists who fight every day for a better world. Yes, the world has always been unjust, and, at the same time, exciting and mysterious. It is worth it to live, to enjoy life, to put aside our grudges, to help our fellow man and, above all, to never lose hope or curiosity.”

Ladies and gentlemen, Miguel Pedrero.  From Corupția marilor puteri: strategii și minciuni in politica mondială.

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