Ranging from an intensive one-to-one Albanian course at our London training centre to an in-company Albanian course at your offices, Communicaid is able to offer you and your organisation the Albanian language course that meets your needs. With training centres in London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York providing countrywide coverage and partner organisations worldwide, Communicaid is uniquely placed to be your local, national and international training partner for Albanian courses.
Our Albanian courses are highly personalised and designed to improve your Albanian communication skills, whether your focus is social, business, financial, diplomatic or military.
Benefits of our Albanian language course
A Communicaid Albanian training course will provide you with the ability to:
- Communicate fluently and accurately when conversing in Albanian
- Interact more confidently when visiting Albania or dealing with Albanian nationals
- Demonstrate goodwill and facilitate international communication at both a personal and
- Build rapport and strengthen relationships with Albanian colleagues and clients through a
show of interest in the Albanian language and the culture of Albania.
Who should attend our Albanian school
A Communicaid Albanian course is suitable for:
- Government and non-governmental agency representatives working in an Albanian-speaking
region who need to be able to communicate at all levels
- Business professionals conducting business regularly with Albanian speakers who wish to
build rapport and strengthen relationships by attending an Albanian course
- Anyone planning to relocate to Albania and wishing to attend an Albanian course in order to
prepare in advance for their assignment
Albanian course content
The content and format of your Albanian language training course will depend on your profession, proficiency in Albanian and objectives. Whether beginner, survival, intermediate or advanced, key areas covered in all our Albanian courses include:
- Spoken fluency
- Listening skills
- Pronunciation and accent
- Reading skills
- Telephone skills in Albanian
- Email skills in Albanian
- Sector-specific terminology
- Presentation & negotiation skills
Albanian training is available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Training takes place between 08:00 and 20:00 although training is also available outside of these hours upon request.
Suitable tailored and published materials will be used throughout your language course, with recommendations on self-study material and extra reading made at the beginning and throughout the duration of your course.
We offer a variety of training formats for your Albanian course – from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, modular lessons. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy (please click here to read more about our approach).
Albanian course trainer
All Communicaid Albanian trainers are native speakers with at least 3 years’ professional Albanian training experience. In addition to relevant academic and linguistic qualifications and experience, many of our Albanian trainers also possess considerable exposure and expertise in the professional world.
Your Albanian trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. Detailed below is a sample profile of a member of our Albanian training team.
AM has extensive experience teaching Albanian language courses, including both the dialects of Tosk and Geg. Since joining Communicaid, he has delivered a variety of professional Albanian courses at the Diplomatic Service Language Centre and the Defence School of Languages. AM was also responsible for authoring Communicaid’s in-house manual, Beginning to Speak Geg, on the key features of Geg and its differences and similarities with Tosk in 2000.
Before beginning his Albanian training career, AM trained as a journalist and worked first on the Albanian magazine The Forum. He later joined the monthly magazine The New World as Chief-Editor and at the same time worked as an Editor for the publish house, Dodona. He also previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Prishtina.
Shqip – Facts about the Albanian language
Albanian is the official language of Albania, Kosovo, parts of Serbia, Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia. Altogether, it is estimated that over 6 million people speak Albanian. In addition to locations in which it has official status, Albanian speakers can also be found in emigrant communities around the world, especially in Scandinavia, Germany, Greece, Egypt and Turkey.
Albanian forms its own branch of the Indo-European family of languages and as a result no living languages are related to it. Its closest relation is thought to be the now extinct Thracian, but even this link causes controversy between linguists.
Linguists have determined that there are hundreds of Albanian dialects. However, these dialects can be divided into two major groups: Gheg (Geg) and Tosk. Generally speaking, the two dialects are distributed geographically according to their relationship with the Shkubin river, which splits the country. North of the river, Gheg is spoken while south of the river, Tosk is spoken. Outside of Albania, forms of Gheg are spoken in Macedonia, Kosovo and parts of Montenegro. Meanwhile, variants of Tosk can be found in Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Turkey and Egypt.
At the turn of the twentieth century, the modern Albanian alphabet was standardised using a modified form of the Latin alphabet. Prior to this period, Albanian was written in Greek, Arabic and Cyrillic as well as Latin alphabets. The current, standardised form of the Albanian alphabet consists of 36 letters in total and includes: ç, dh, ë, gj, ll, nj, rr, sh, th, xh, zh.