Check Out Albanian

Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay

This clip is of an idiot ISIS jihadi giving an impromtu speech on a street in Aavaz, Syria. But he’s definitely speaking Albanian from what I can figure out. The jihadi is an Albanian Muslim from Kosovo.

This language is quite interesting. Don’t believe I have ever heard it before. But what does it sound like? I would say it sounds like a mixture of these three languages in descending order:

Slavic (especially Russian)

Romanian

Turkish

Beyond that, what does it sound like? I get the vibe of the following languages in descending order:

Classical or Ecclesiastical Latin

Italian (especially Neapolitan Italian and in particular Barese spoken around the city of Bari in Puglia on the southeastern coast)

That’s about it. Doesn’t sound much like Greek at all, despite the proximity to Greece.

As far as roots go, Albanian is an ancient Indo-European tongue, probably derived from a Hittite-Armenian-Greek base…

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