Published July 25, 2017
This video was recorded by Lindie Botes in Singapore, where Fanny lives. Vlach, also know as Aromanian, is spoken by 250,000 people across eastern Europe — in particular Romania, Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey — with varying degrees of political recognition. An Eastern Romance language, Vlach shares many similarities with the Romanian, Istro-Romanian, and Megleno-Romanian languages. It has been documented since at least the 1770s, when the Aromanian scholar Daniel Moscopolites published a multilingual dictionary translating his mother tongue into Greek, Albanian, and Bulgarian. Culturally, Vlach speakers tend to identify eponymously ('Vlachs') or as 'Aromanians'.