Wander and Wonder

December 23, 2016


I think that the easiest way to understand the difference between these two words – wander and wonder – is to actually know what they mean and to learn a couple of (short) sentences which will help you remember their meaning later on. In writing, only one letter sets them apart, therefore spelling should not be difficult. Let’s have a closer look and see what we can find beyond this similarity.

Wander: /ˈwɒndə(r)/ a hoinări, a umbla; to move aimlessly, to go astray, to roam

We spent the evening wandering around the city. (walking around with no clear destination in mind)

It is relaxing to wander through the park.

Don’t wander off alone or you might get lost.

She was bored, so her mind wandered off during the lecture. (I imagine this situation is familiar to us: you try to pay attention to something or someone and then… your thoughts run off in a completely different direction)

Wonder: /ˈwʌndə(r)/ a (se) întreba, a (se) mira; mirare, minune, minunăție; to be curious, to question, to be amazed; curiosity, admiration, marvel

I wonder if she bought that book in the end. (mă întreb)

Have you ever wondered why we can’t change the past?

Name the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

It’s a wonder you managed to finish your presentation on time.

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by Elena Atudosiei

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