Remember, remember the 5th of November… is International Romani Language Day.
A day to celebrate the Romani language!
During the first Romani Congress in 1971, Romani was officially recognised as the language of Roma in Europe. This led to its inclusion in various international regulations, including Council of Europe’s European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.
Romani is spoken by people from Roma communities around the world and has many different dialects, stemming from Sanskit & drawing on influences of many other languages such as Persian, Kurdish, Armenian, Greek, Turkish, Romanian & many Slavic languages.
Learn some Romani
- Download this cheat sheet below for some useful phrases to get your started (from the European Roma Rights Centre)
- Live in or near Govanhill? Go along to classes at the Swap Market (423 Victoria Road) every Friday 1-2pm. These are free & open to all – you will learn Kalderash Romanes, which is one of the more common Romanian dialects of Romanes.
Find out more about the Romani language & Roma history
- See some of the resources on our Downloads page
- Borrow books from our library (such as ‘We are the Romani People’)
- Check out Romano Lav – ‘Roma Voice’ – Govanhill-based charity working with local Roma communities & challenging the discrimination & prejudice faced by these communities