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Albanian is spoken by about 7.6 million native speakers worldwide.
Albanian is classified as an Indo-European language by Linguists.
However within this language family Albanian is a language on its own and cannot be classified in any of the larger language families such as the Romance or Slavic languages.
Today the Albanian language uses the Roman alphabet with two additional letters.
There are two main dialects in Albanian.
The Tosk is spoken in the south of Albania and in the north the Gheg dialect.
The boundary between the two dialects is the River Shkumbin, which divides the land into different areas of dialect.
The two Dialects are distinct in written form, Pronunciation and Grammar, but not so different that their speakers can not understand each other.
The standard Albanian language, that was defined during the period of
communist rule in Albania (and in the seventies onwards in Kosovo) is largely based on Tosk.
In the last few years the Gheg dialect has enjoyed a resurgence, particularly in the schools in Kosovo.
In the Albanian courses from 17 Minute Languages you will of course learn standard Albanian.
With this you will be able to speak with all Albanian people whatever dialect they speak.
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