How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

It's helpful to learn the language, the US Embassy offers Albanian classes. Most people here speak English or German as a second language, so if you don't want to learn the language (or don't have time to learn) you can still get by. - Jul 2019


You don't need it actually. Many people speak English or German. Classes and tutors are available. - Nov 2016


Language classes are offered by the Embassy. English is spoken in venues that are frequented by expatriates. - Jun 2016


Very little. Learn the necessities, but most young people speak (or understand) English. Someone will always help translate if needed. - May 2016


Realistically very little within Pristina. More helpful outside the city. - Aug 2015


Not much, but you should definitely learn Albanian niceties. It goes a long way. Most everyone under 40 speaks passable English. German is widely spoken as well. - Jun 2014


I don't know any and I get along well. - Apr 2014


You could get around without Albanian, but it definitely helps for comfort level. I suggest at least knowing the phrases in the back of the Lonely Planet guide. They will love you even more! I suggest starting with the Pimsleur CD set for Albanian. Borrow it from your local library. - Apr 2013


Some courtesies are always appreciated, but many people get by on English. - Sep 2012


Five stars on Amazon! Don't miss Talesmag's first book of essays, on cross-cultural food experiences from Mexico to Mongolia (plus recipes!)

Read More