Are you traveling to Albania? While many speak English, it’s always a good idea to learn some local expressions. Not many tourists speak Albanian and you will still be warmly welcomed if you don’t, but if you take the time to learn just a couple of Albanian phrases and words, it would be much appreciated and enable you to experience more of the local ways of Albania.

For me, it’s always most memorable to talk with the locals, and the best way to do it is in their language. Here’s a big list of useful Albanian phrases and words!

English Albanian
Hello Përshëndetje! / Tungjatjeta
Good morning Mirëmëngjes!
Good day Mirëdita!
Good evening Mirëmbrëma!
Good night Natën e mirë!
Bye Mirupafshim!
Welcome Mirë se vini!

Useful phrases and Albanian words to memorize

Besides greeting phrases, these are some that you should memorize.

English Albanian
Yes Po
No Jo
How are you? Si Jeni?
Good Mirë
Not so good Jo shumë mirë
Much Shumë
More Më shumë
What’s your name? Si quheni?
Nice to meet you Gëzohem që ju takoj
Sorry Më fal
Excuse me Më falni
Thank you Faleminderit
You’re welcome Ju lutem
I don’t understand (Unë) nuk kuptoj
I don’t speak Albanian very well Unë nuk flas shqip mirë
Do you speak English? Flisni Anglisht?
Where can I find the toilets? Ku është tualeti / banjoja?
What time is it? Sa është ora?
Is this seat taken? A është i zënë ky vend?
Can you help me? Mund të më ndihmoni?

Albanian phrases for the restaurant

When you are at a restaurant, it might be nice to be able to say a few Albanian phrases and words. In addition to a happier attitude, the waiter and the staff will probably give even better service if you make an effort yourself.

English Albanian
Could I please see the menu? A mund të shoh menunë, ju lutem?
I’m vegetarian Jam vegjeterian
What’s the name of this dish? Si quhet kjo gjellë?
Enjoy your meal Të bëftë mirë (Bon Appetit)
It’s delicious Është e shijshme
How much is it? Sa kushton?
Check, please. Faturën, ju lutem!
Can I pay with credit card? A mund të paguaj me kartë krediti?

Meals

English Albanian
Breakfast Mëngjes
Lunch Drekë
Dinner Darkë

Food and drinks

Chances are pretty high that you will be eating when you are in Albania. Avoid the hassle of asking for an English menu by learning the following food-related Albanian phrases. Then you look at the Albanian version of the menu and easier understand what is being served.

English Albanian
Shrimps Karkaleca deti
Squid Kallamar
Ham Proshutë
Beef Mish lope
Chicken Mish pule
Fish Peshk
Vegetables Perime
Ice cream Akullore
Dessert Ëmbëlsirë
Salt Kripë
Pepper Piper
   
White wine Verë e bardhë
Red wine Verë e kuqe
Beer Birrë
Coffee Kafe
Te Caj
Water Ujë

Directions

If you are exploring on your own or if you are going somewhere, it can be helpful to know a few Albanian phrases to ask for directions and to understand the answer.

English Albanian
Here Këtu
Where? Ku?
Left Majtas
Right Djathtas
Go straight Shkoni drejt
In the beginning of Në fillim të
Close Afër
In the end of Në fund të
Behind Mbrapa
Excuse me.. how can I get to… ? Më falni..Si mund të shkoj…?
Is it within walking distance? A mund të shkoj më këmbë atje?

Albanian numerals

To understand the Albanian numerals are especially useful if you plan to go shopping.

English Albanian
One Një
Two Dy
Three Tre
Four Katër
Five Pesë
Six Gjashtë
Seven Shtatë
Eight Tetë
Nine Nëntë
Ten Dhjetë
Twenty Njëzet
Thirty Tridhjetë
Forty Dyzet
Fifty Pesëdhjetë
Sixty Gjashtëdhjetë
Seventy Shtatëdhjetë
Eighty Tetëdhjetë
Ninety Nëntëdhjetë
One hundred Njëqind
Thousand Një mijë

Facts about the Albanian Language

  • There are about 7.6 million who can speak the Albanian language in the world
  • There are 4 different dialects: Gheg, Tosk, Arbëresh and Arvanitika
  • The Albanian language is considered to be a category II in difficulty to learn
  • It’s the official language in Albania and Kosovo

Albanian Words for love

Të dua means I love you, and the actual Albanian word for love is dashuri.


This list of Albanian phrases was created to help new tourist to explore Albania in the fullest way possible and hopefully interact with the locals as we did when we traveled there. Bear in mind that I’m in no way fluent nor Albanian, so this list was created by help from Albanian friends.

And also a big thank you to www.learnalbanianonline.net which helped to correct some mistakes! And it’s a good resource if you want to learn some more Albanian words and phrases, or even learn to speak it fluently.


If you want to know how to say anything specific or learn certain Albanian phrases or Words that aren’t in this list, leave a comment below and I will gladly ask some of my Albanian friends how to say it.