Albanian is the official and national language of Albania—naturally. But actually, it’s not quite that simple. Albanian is divided into two key variants, Tosk and Gheg, both of which are widely spoken by ethnic Albanians. Following a north–south split, Gheg is spoken in the northern portion of the southern European country, while Tosk is native to the nation’s southern areas. Interestingly, even though Gheg Albanian claims more native speakers, Tosk Albanian remains as the basis for Standard Albanian throughout the entire country.
With 1.8 million native speakers, Tosk Albanian makes up more than two-thirds of Albania’s population of 2.7 million, but it’s important to note that Tosk Albanian speakers also live outside the country. The Shkumbin River, which runs through the center of Albania, is considered the demarcation line between Tosk Albanian and Gheg Albanian, though the two dialects remain mutually intelligible—at least in regard to their standard varieties. With Tosk Albanian as the basis of Standard Albanian, the language is in strong standing and faces no danger to its vitality, but still, it can be overlooked at the global level. But here at TranslationServices.com, we’re proud to provide reliable translation services for Tosk Albanian.
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Diving deeper into the world of Tosk Albanian
It’s easy to think that Tosk Albanian is confined within the borders of Albania, but in fact, the language enjoys widespread use in communities beyond the Albanian border. Of course, Tosk Albanian is spoken natively in southern Albania, but it’s also used as a native language in neighboring nations. Tosk Albanian is further divided into additional dialects, with Northern Tosk spoken throughout much of southern Albania and parts of North Macedonia and Lab Albanian and Cham Albanian extending into swaths of Greece. Arvanitika spoken in southern Greece, far away from other Albanian dialects, and even further away we find Arbëresh, a Tosk Albanian dialect native to southeast Italy.
Though the different Tosk Albanian dialects can differ—particularly Arvanitika and Arbëresh, which evolved in isolation from other Albanian dialects—they retain significant similarities, and Tosk Albanian also maintains a lot in common with the Gheg Albanian dialects to the north. Tosk Albanian belongs to the Indo–European language family, so it’s related to English, but the language’s several noun cases and relatively free word order certainly doesn’t make it feel anything like English.
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Our team is highly flexible. We can help you set up your business in Albania with tailored translations of your business documents and ad copy—or we can help you take your native Albanian company to new lands by translating your texts into English. We can translate your research surveys and materials into Albanian so you can conduct studies in region, or we can translate your Albanian-language scientific papers into English so you can attain the recognition you deserve in an international journal. We can also translate your stories and literary works in Tosk Albanian into English, enabling you to build an audience all over the world—or we can help you translate your digital media like apps, websites, or games into Tosk Albanian to bring great new content to the Albanian-speaking world while carving out a market niche.
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