Să știi ca pe Tatăl Nostru
Translation: To know like the Lord’s Prayer
Romanians are religious people, and in traditional families, children learn the Lord’s Prayer when they are young. So, if you know something like the Lord’s Prayer, it means you know it by heart.
A-ți lua inima în dinți
Translation: To take your heart in your teeth
No, this has nothing to do with actually eating a heart. This saying means to be brave or to dare to do something.
A băga mâna în foc pentru cineva
Translation: To put your hand in fire for somebody
This saying is used when you’ve vouched for someone. Romanians start from the premise that everyone is trustworthy until the contrary is proven.
Să faci din rahat bici
Translation: To make a whip out of shit
As senseless as it might seem, this expresses that Romanians do so much with so little. Give them any task, and even if they have never dealt with it before, they will always find a way.
I-a sărit muștarul
Translation: His mustard has jumped off
This means that someone has suddenly lost their temper. Although Romanians are very friendly, it’s best to avoid annoying them.
A dat cu mucii în fasole
Translation: He threw his boogers in the beans
This expression means that someone has messed up something, usually irreparably. However, when Romanians know they have done something wrong, they will try to fix it.
A vinde gogoși
Translation: To sell doughnuts
Although selling doughnuts might not seem like a negative thing, for Romanians, this phrase means that you are lying to them. And that’s something they really don’t appreciate.
A-ți pica fisa
Translation: To drop your coin
It has nothing to do with money—to ‘drop your coin’ means that you suddenly understood something. The saying is commonly used when someone has figured out something important.
La Paștele Cailor
Translation: At horses’ Easter
If a Romanian says that something will happen ‘at horses’ Easter’, it actually means it will never happen, so your wish might be considered unrealistic.
A freca menta
Translation: To rub the mint
Romanian’s way of saying that you are wasting time or doing nothing. In other words, Romanians don’t like lazy people.
Te îmbeți cu apă rece
Translation: To get drunk with cold water
This is the Romanian way of saying that you are fooling yourself. Romanians are pretty realistic and usually prefer practical people to dreamers.