Languages in Moldova and Moldovia #bessarabia

Anna Reuter <anna94306@...>

Hi Yefim:

Thanks for explaining the Moldavia/Moldova Confusion.  

Could you also give us your take on the languages used in the two regions over
that 200 year period? Among and between Jews,  Yiddish (German Dialect) would
be spoken, of course. And if they were literate,  they would write Yiddish with
Hebrew letters. 

How about the divide between Romania and Bessarabia  (when it was part of the
Russian Empire)? My father, born in Bessarabia in 1905, claimed to speak Russian
in addition to Yiddish.   But Bessarabia was closer to Ukraine.  Would his version
of Russian with the Cyrillic Alphabet be more similar to Ukrainian?
Ukrainian and Russian Languages share some commonality with Cyrillic letters,
but there are differences.

Then there is Romania and/or the Moldavia Principality. They would speak
Romanian, of course, and use  a Latin Alphabet but with 31 letters.
Romanian is a Romance Language with roots in Latin.

Please correct me if I did not get this right.


Anna Reuter
Palo Alto, California

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