Many of you have asked “What language is spoken in Albania?”. For the majority of us, it is a language we have never even heard of. The language that is spoken is Albanian, or Shqip as they would say here, however many Albanians also speak other languages such as Italian or Greek. An interesting fact about the Albanian alphabet is that it contains 36 letters. This include letters like ë, ç, gj, nj, the double r, xh, and zh. Upon our arrival, we downloaded a software program to learn some of the basics such as Good Morning(Mirëdita), Thank You(Faleminderit), Yes(Po) and No(Yo). An interesting thing about yes and no is that the basic head nod is reversed here. It can be very confusing when you are trying to communicate. A difficulty we are still trying to master.
So far we have learned some of the basic words and this week we met with Daniella, a tutor who is going to teach us the spoken and written language 3 nights a week. We hope to learn this new and unique language as best we can. Our first lesson was last night and we started with learning the alphabet and the pronunciation of those new letters.