Proto-Romanian is a hypothetical language considered to have been spoken by the ancestors of today's Romanians and related Balkan Latin peoples (Vlachs), between the 7th and the 9th century.
Proto-Romanian already had a structure very distinct from the other Romance languages, with major differences in grammar, morphology and phonology and already was a member of the Balkan linguistic union. Most of its features can be found in the modern Eastern Romance languages. It already contained around a hundred loans from Slavic languages, including words such as "trup" (body), as well as some Greek language loans via Vulgar Latin (Eastern).
Sample verb (1st conjugation): cantare
|Sg.1||cantu||cantam||cantai||cantase||aeu cantatu||cantarem||se cantu|
|Sg.2||canti||cantai||cantasi||cantasi||aei cantatu||cantari||se canti|
|Sg.3||canta||canta||cantae||cantase||ae cantatu||cantare||se ?|
|Pl.1||cantamu||cantamu||cantaemu||cantasemu||aemu cantatu||cantaremu||se cantamu|
|Pl.2||cantati||cantati||cantaeti||cantaseti||aeti cantatu||cantareti||se cantati|
|Pl.3||cantau||cantau||cantaere||cantase||ae cantatu||cantare||se ?|
- cantare 'to sing',
- cercetare 'to examine, to search',
- latrare 'to steal',
- lucrare 'to work'.