This language barrier is quite frustrating at times. Those fluent in Italian have a better chance in communication, because most of the people here know it as Italian TV was their secret entertainment channel in the old days of Enver Hoxha.
I try little by little learning Albania, but it’s kinda hard. My vocabulary so far is very limited. I only know how to say:
- Thank you : Falemenderit
- Good: Mire
- Yes: Po
- No: Jo
- how much? : sa?
- Pig: Derri (for restaurants)
- Beef: vici
And some of the numbering: një, dy, tre, katër, pesë, gjashtë, shtatë, tetë, nëntë. Which is from 1 to 9.
Worth mentioning that they pronounce J as the Y in Year, so Jo is pronounced as Yo, this was confusing in the first few days, but now I got used to it somehow.