Albanian Alphabet

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The predominance of Greek as the language of Christian education and culture in southern Albania and the often hostile attitude of the Orthodox church to the spread of writing in Albanian made it impossible for an Albanian literature in Greek script to evolve. The Orthodox church, as the main vehicle of culture in the southern Balkans, while intent on spreading Christian education and values, was never convinced of the utility of writing in the vernacular as a means of converting the masses, as the Catholic church in northern Albania had been, to a certain extent, during the Counter-Reformation. Nor, with the exception of the ephemeral printing press in Voskopoja, did the southern Albanians ever have at their disposal publishing facilities like those available to the clerics and scholars of Catholic Albania in Venice and Dalmatia. As such, the Orthodox tradition in Albanian writing, a strong cultural heritage of scholarship and erudition, though one limited primarily to translations of religious texts and to the compilation of dictionaries, was to remain a flower which never really blossomed.

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Note: The vowels are shown in bold. Listen   ( help · info ) to the pronunciation of the 36 letters.

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Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet


Albanian Alphabet