A NOTE ON ALBANIAN PRONUNCIATION
(with thanks to Robert Elsie)

Letter
Pronunciation
c
as in Eng. bits
as in Eng. child
dh
as in Eng. this
ë
neutral schwa vowel, as in Eng. about, Germ. bitte
gj
like Eng. "j" pronounced with the tip of the tongue, Hung. Magyar
j
as in Eng. yes
l
palatal l. as in Ital. voglio
ll
velar l. as in Eng. table
nj
palatal n. as in Fr. cognac, Span. pequeño
q
like Eng. "ch" pronounced with the tip of the tongue
r
simple flapped r. as in Span. pero
rr
rolled r. as in Span. perro. Scottish Edinburgh
sh
as in Eng. she
th
as in Eng. thing
x
as in Eng. foods
xh
as in Eng. jam
y
rounded high vowel, as in Fr. tu, Germ. grün
zh
as in Eng. measure, Brezhnev

Note that place names can be written with or without the postpositive
definite article, e.g.: Elbasani, Elbasan; Durresi, Durrës; Tirana, Tiranë Shkodra, Shkodër.

Copyright © Robert Elsie.


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