Sinte Romani

Sinte Romani
Romani, Sinte, Romany, Manuche, Manouche, Ziguener, Sintí, Tsigane, Rommanes, Sinte, Sinti, Zigeuner, European Romany
Native to Germany, France, Austria, northern Italy
Ethnicity Sinte-Manouche
Native speakers
320,000 (date missing)[1]
Dialects Lallere, Kranaria, Manouche, Gadschkene, Manuche, Praistiki, Estracharia, Slovenian-Croatian, Slovenian-Croatian Romani, Abbruzzesi, Eftawagaria, Krantiki, Piedmont Sintí, Serbian Romani
Language codes
ISO 639-3 rmo
Glottolog sint1235[2]

Sinte Romani (also known as Sintenghero Tschib(en), Sintitikes or Romanes /ˈrɒmənɪs/[3]) is the variety of Romani spoken by the Sinti people in Germany, France, Austria, some parts of northern Italy and other adjacent regions. It is characterized by significant German influence and is not mutually intelligible with other forms of Romani.[4] Romani is sometimes written as Romany (often in English) but native speaking people use the word Romani for the language.[5] The language is written in Latin script and is included in Indo-European, Indo-Aryan and Indo-Iranian language groups.[6]

General Information

Sinte or Sinti Romani is often known as the language of the Gypsies, a term used to describe the Romani people. Romani has derived from řom, the historical self-designation of speakers of the language.[5] Although Gypsies were known for being a nomadic and free spirited but today, only a small percent of Romani people are unsettled due to forced assimilation and other government. Most Romani people speak more than Sinte Romani, they also usually speak the language of the country they live in. Sinte Romani is mostly spoken in Europe, evenly spread among Germany, Switzerland, Serbia, and France.

Sample Vocabulary

Here is a list of some Romani to English words [7]

Word Meaning Notes
Ale But Fr. Slavis
Ando foro Into Town
Bal Hair Cf Skr. Vadra, Hindi bara
Besh! Sit!
Binak Twin
Bogacha Baked flour bread
Bori Daughter-in-law Pl. boria
Chey Girl/daughter
Dad, Dat Father
Day Mother
Glas Voice Fr. Slavic
Kan Ear Cf. Skr khan, Hinki khan
Kish Silk European/Welsh Romani; fr. Persian
Love Money
Manch Cheer Up Fr. Romanian
Mom Wax Fr. Persian
Patrin Leaf/road sign/marking Non-polish
Phal Brother Welsh Romani
Prastlo 'dishonoured' Sinti
Raya Landowners Lovara
Shon Moon
Stanya Stable Fr. Slavic
Tacho True Welsh Romani

See also

Further reading


  1. Sinte Romani at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Sinte Romani". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. "Romanes" entry in Collins English Dictionary, HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.
  5. 1 2 Bakkar, Peter (2000). What is the Romani Language?. University of Hertfordshire Press.
  6. "Romani, Sinte". Ethnologue, Languages of the World. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  7. "Romani-English Glossary".

Further reading

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