Basic Greetings In Albanian

March 18, 2021

Knowing a few basic greetings in Albanian will get you a long way. For example, a “hello” on the street, or a “goodbye” when you leave the store is a great thing to know when visiting Albania. I think that locals are much more open and friendly if you know a few words in their native language or just show that you’ve made a little effort. 

 

About The Albanian Language

Albanian (Albanian gjuha shqipe) is an Indo-European language, which itself represents one branch of this family of languages. Throughout history, the Albanian language has adopted words from a number of foreign languages: Latin, Slavic, Turkish, Ancient Greek, Italian and other languages. The Albanian language is in a distant connection with the Slavic and Baltic languages and is considered to be in a close connection with the extinct Illyrian language.

Albanian is spoken by more than 7.5 million people in Albania, Macedonia, Serbia(Kosovo), Montenegro, and some other European countries (Italy, Greece, Germany).

The Albanian language has 2 dialects: Gege, north of the Shkumbin River, and Tosk south. The Toske dialect is the official language of Albania. Albanian has many features in common with other Balkan languages.

The Albanian language has 7 vowels and 29 consonants. The Gege dialect has nasal vowels that are not present in the Tosk dialect. The emphasis is mainly on the penultimate syllable.

Nouns are divided into 3 genders (masculine, feminine and neutral) and 2 numbers (singular and plural). There are 4 declensions and 6 cases (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative, ablative, and vocative).

The article can be before or after the noun, as in Romanian, Bulgarian or Macedonian

 

 

Basic Greetings In The Albanian Language

As in most languages in the world, in Albanian, there are different ways to greet people. We have formal and informal situations in which we greet someone. In this article, I will help you learn some basic greetings that you should use when you people.

Albanian Language English Translation
Pëshëndetjet Greetings
Përshëndetje! / Tungjatjeta Hello
Ç'kemi Hi
Tung! Hi! / Bye!
Mirëmëngjes! Good morning
Mirëdita! / Ditën e mirë! Good day
Mirëmbrëma! Good evening
Natën e mirë Good night
Mirupafshim! Bye
Mirë se vini! / Bujrum! Welcome!
Mirë se u ktheve! Welcome back!
Alo! Hello! (over the phone)

 

Basic Greeting Questions In The Albanian Language 

Albanian Language English Translation
Disa pyetje Some questions
Si jeni? How are you? (formal)
Si je? How are you? (informal)
Si po ia çon? How are you doing?
Çfarë bëre? What have you done?
Çfarë ke bërë? What have you been up to?
Me çfarë je marrë? What have you been doing?
Çdo gjë mirë? Is everything okay?
Ndonjë gjë të re? Anything new?

 

Basic Departing Phrases In The Albanian Language 

Albanian Language English Translation
Pëshëndetje Departing
Ditën e mirë! Have a good day!
Shihemi më vonë! See you later!
A kalofsh mirë! Have a nice time!
Mirë mbetsh! So long!
Gjithë të mirat! All the best!
Lamtumirë! Goodbye! / Farewell!
Kënaqësi që u takuam! Nice to meet you!
Gjumë të ëmbël! Sleep well!
Shihemi nesër! See you tomorrow!
Dil që këtu! / Dil jashtë! Get out of here!

 

How To Start Conversation In The Albanian Language

Formal Way

You can start a conversation with someone from Albania in a very simple way. Just say one of the following greetings: 'mirëmëngjesi', 'mirëdita' or 'mirëmbrëma'. When to use each of those depends on the time of the day. 

You should consider using the following examples:

Mirëmëngjesi Drita! Si jeni? (Good morning Drita! How are you?)

Mirëdita zemër. Çfarë do bësh sot? (Good afternoon honey. What will you do today?)

Mirëmbrëma! Si po ia çon?  (Good evening! How are you doing?)

Mirë se vini në shtëpinë time.  (Welcome to my house.)

Informal Way

As you already saw in the previous table, you can also greet people by just saying 'përshëndetje', 'ç'kemi?' or 'tungjatjeta'.

Try to use the following examples:

Përshëndetje! Si jeni me shëndet?  (Hello! How is your health?)

Ç'kemi Edon? A pimë një kafe?  (Hi Edon! Shall we drink coffee?)

Tungjatjeta! Si e keni emrin?  (Hello! What is your name?)

Alo, a do vish sot?  (Hello, will you come today?)

 

How To Have A Dialogue

Once you've started the conversation by greeting someone in the Albanian language, you can continue the conversation by asking some basic follow-up questions. When we are talking about Albanian people, these are usually related to one's health or what the other person has been doing recently.

Let's continue our conversation with the following examples:

Ndonjë gjë të re?  (Anything new?)

Me çfarë je marrë dje?  (What were you doing yesterday?)

Çfarë do të bësh sot?  (What will you do today?)

It can be important for you to know that during a conversation the other person might ask you the same question "Si jeni?" (How are you?) over and over again. 

If you want to respond in a correct way, try using one of these phrases:

Informal conversation

Mirë faleminderit. Po ju? - Fine thanks. Are you?

In informal conversation

Mirë / Shumë mirë.  - Good / very good.

 

How To End A Conversation

In the first parts of this blog post, I talked about ways you can begin and maintain a brief conversation in the Albanian language. Now, I think it’s time to teach you how to bring conversations to an end – in both formal and informal situations.

First of all, you should be friendly when finishing the conversation, so the other person knows you enjoyed the chat. As in most languages in the world, try to end on a positive note when talking to a person from Albania.

You should try using the following examples:

Mirë pra, kënaqësi që u takuam. - Okay then, nice to meet you.

Mirupafshim! Gjithë të mirat! - Goodbye! All the best!

Mirë pra, shihemi më vonë. - Okay then, see you later.

 

Final Thoughts 

I tried to give you some short example conversations for you to practice basic greetings in Albanian. Now go ahead and find a partner or tutor to practice with! You can also use language learning apps like Ling App and learn and practice your Albanian in an interesting and fun way. You can also use this App to learn some basic words and phrases in the Albanian language.

While practicing with a friend or a tutor, make sure to take turns playing different roles. And as a final exercise, make up your own conversations and post them in the comment section below.

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