On an ice cream excursion, my future sister- and mother-in-law began to teach me how to pronounce Albanian numbers. They told me numbers 1 thru 100 but I confess the best I could remember with any confidence the next day was 1 thru 10. I’m one tenth of the way!
So below is the number and the pronunciation to the best of my phonetic ability.
- Nji (knee with a “gn” sound like the Italian gnocchi)
- Dy (do)
- Tre (tray)
- Katër (kah–ter)
- Pesë (pace but the “a” is a mix of “eh” and “a” if that makes sense)
- Gjashtë (josht, like “josh” with a “t” sound at the end)
- Shtatë (shtaht, like “tot” with a “shhh” at the beginning)
- Tetë (tate, but the “a” is a mix of “eh” and “a“)
- Nëntë (nunt, “nun” and “t“)
- Dhjetë (det but the “d” sound has a “th” overlapping it)
On the bright side I can count to 100 in Italian (if I focus ha ha)…but Italian is not Albanian, so I must continue with my practice. One day I’ll count to 100 in Albanian.