In Albania the official language is Albanian (Shqip), which is also an official language in Kosovo and Macedonia. Some people also speak Greek, but only 5% of the population speaks English. As a result of the blooming tourism in Saranda, you will definitely find more people that will understand some English, but you can make your trip a little bit easier and fun by learning a few basic words and phrases in Albanian. You’ll be surprised how much this will be appreciated!
How are you?
Si jeni? (see YEH-nee?)
Jam mirë, faleminderit. (yahm-MEER, fah-lehm-meen-DEH-reet)
What is your name?
Si e ke emrin? (see keh EHM-reen?)
My name is ______ .
Quhem______ . (CHYOO-hem_____ .)
Pleased to meet you.
Më vjen mirë. (muh VYEHN MEER)
Ju lutem. (yoo LOO-tehm)
S’ka përse. (skah purr-SEH)
Më falni. (mah FAHL-nee)
Do you speak English?
A flisni Anglisht? (ah FLEES-nee ahn-GLEESHT)
Good afternoon/Good day.
Natën e mirë. (NAH-tehn eh MEER)
I don’t understand.
Nuk kuptoj. (nook koop-TOY)
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