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February 1, 2023

Rolang, the only Romanian-language school for expats

The only Romanian-language school exclusively for expats, Rolang, was set up two years ago and since then, almost 100 foreigners took classes from the four teachers working here, daily ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ wrote in a feature story published on Friday.

The school was created by Mona Moldoveanu and her husband, from their shared passion for Romanian and from their wish to offer personalised lessons to expats living in Bucharest. Of the almost 100 students here, some of them gained so much knowledge in Romanian that they now work as translators, the newspaper said.

Initially, the school offered only 32-classe modules, but extended its curricula in January last year. Besides holding classes for beginners and for intermediate levels, Rolang also holds individual classes especially adjusted to meet the interests of businesspeople or diplomats who don’t have time to attend regular classes. Expats can also choose to attend Internet classes through Skype, but Moldoveanu recommends against it, especially for beginners. The 32-class module, which lasts for eight weeks, costs EUR 230. “Individual classes are more expensive because they require more effort: the teacher goes to the company or the embassy and needs additional preparation, based on the vocabulary needs of the student,” says Moldovanu, who has a master’s degree in linguistics and is also a researcher with the Romanian Academy. Thus, individual classes cost EUR 25 per hour, with a discount offer for those attending more than ten classes. An online course costs EUR 20 per month, which includes a Rolang schoolbook and a CD.

Two years ago, shortly before coming into existence, the Rolang project won the first prize of a European Union contest for entrepreneurial initiatives. A few months later, the school began working. In the future, Moldo­veanu and her husband plan to extend Rolang services and offer culture classes as well, especially that a growing number of expats voiced interest in learning about Romanian culture and civilisation.

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