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  • 20 Cool English Idioms To Improve Fluency
    20 Cool English Idioms To Improve Fluency

    Every language has its own collection of wise sayings that many people call idioms. Those phrases generally offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given society. They usually have a meaning that goes beyond just the words that make them up. In the past, we have…

  • 10 Best Albanian Instagram Accounts To Follow
    10 Best Albanian Instagram Accounts To Follow

    Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms out there. There are over 300 million users that use its online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service. Instagram has quickly surpassed Facebook in its popularity among young people and it is no wonder with all the visual stimulation. It’s addicting! In terms of accounts…

  • How To Be A Truly Great Writer
    How To Be A Truly Great Writer

    ***The following article— “How To Be A Truly Great Writer” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of its author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.*** Stephen King is one of the United State’s…

  • Understanding English Homonyms With Albanian Translations: Which Witch Is Which?
    Understanding English Homonyms With Albanian Translations: Which Witch Is Which?

    English is not an easy language to master. We have difficult spelling rules and pronunciation is tricky. There are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently. There are words that are spelled the same and mean different things. It’s enough to make you lose your mind! Some people don’t learn English in school;…

  • The Importance of Making Your Voice Heard
    The Importance of Making Your Voice Heard

    Many people often don’t realize the importance of getting their voice heard. As members of a global society, we have the right to speak our minds and talk freely about topics that concern and interest us. This is very important, but many people don’t understand why. It is crucial to participate, in whatever way that means…

  • Motivate Yourself To Write!
    Motivate Yourself To Write!

    ***The following article— “Motivate Yourself To Write!” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of its author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.*** Many people want to be writers and they say that they…

  • Top 5 Songs That Helped Me Learn Albanian
    Top 5 Songs That Helped Me Learn Albanian

    ***The following article— “Top 5 Songs That Helped Me Learn Albanian” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of its author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.*** When you’re learning a foreign language, you…

  • 1 Prilli (Dita e Rrenave)
    1 Prilli (Dita e Rrenave)

    Dita e rrenave ose gënjeshtrave, është një festë jo zyrtare e festuar nga shumë njerëz ne botë. Asnjeri nuk e di se nga e ka prejardhjen kjo festë. – Desha të të them se… jam shtatëzanë! –  Posi pra… – Nuk më beson? Mirë pra, i harxhova të gjitha lekët e kursimeve. Po tani më beson? Dita e…

  • 8 Rules For Transmitting The Right Tone In An Email
    8 Rules For Transmitting The Right Tone In An Email

    Sending emails used to be an informal thing because we used to use hand-written letters to sound formal. Now that emails are the primary form of communication in a professional and personal capacity, it is important to make sure your email doesn’t send the wrong message. Especially for non-native English speakers, it is difficult to…

  • My Name Is Gjoni, But At Starbucks, It’s John
    My Name Is Gjoni, But At Starbucks, It’s John

    ***The following article— “My Name Is Gjoni, But At Starbucks, It’s John” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of its author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   “That’s not my name!”  This…

  • Take The Harvard Albanian Diaspora Survey: You Could Win $100
    Take The Harvard Albanian Diaspora Survey: You Could Win $100

    This week, The Center for International Development’s Diaspora Program at Harvard University is conducting a very important Albanian-American community survey! Click here to take it. From their website:  At least one third of Albanians live outside the borders of their home countries in Southeastern Europe. In the countries where they currently live and work, many of…

  • 5 Must-Know Idioms for Business
    5 Must-Know Idioms for Business

    By Ashley Elizabeth Wood If you’re like me, you love to learn new expressions that help you sound more native in a language that isn’t your mother tongue. One place that you hear a great deal of idioms is in business. Here are 5 great phrases in English that are related to business that you…

  • Road Tripping: Albanian Style
    Road Tripping: Albanian Style

    ***The following article— “Road Tripping: Albanian Style” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.*** When I think of this past winter in the Balkans, the…

  • Help Me Learn About Albanian Raki
    Help Me Learn About Albanian Raki

    ***The following mini-article— “Help Me Learn About Albanian Raki” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.*** I want to learn everything there is to know…

  • How To Use Periods, Question Marks and Exclamation Marks
    How To Use Periods, Question Marks and Exclamation Marks

    Today’s writing tips teach our readers and writers a little bit about the punctuation marks that mark the end of something: The Period, Question Mark and Exclamation Mark. They signal the end of the sentence. Here are some facts about these three: They are all end marks; that is, they are used at the end of…

  • Change (Part Of) Your iPhone/iPad To Albanian!
    Change (Part Of) Your iPhone/iPad To Albanian!

    ***The following article— “Change (Part Of) Your iPhone/iPad To Albanian!” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.*** One of the best ways to learn a…

  • How To Use Commas in English
    How To Use Commas in English

      Punctuation is one of those things that when you get it wrong can irritate and confuse the reader. Even though many places on the internet permit informal speech, failing to put proper punctuation is not only irritating, it will be impossible for people to take you seriously. Lack—or overuse—of punctuation (especially commas) can alter…

  • Oh, To Be An Albanian Teenager!
    Oh, To Be An Albanian Teenager!

    ***The following article— “Oh, To Be An Albanian Teenager” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   I am lucky because Albanian Voices gives me…

  • New Volunteer Needed for Position as Web Developer!
    New Volunteer Needed for Position as Web Developer!

    Summary: Albanian voices is seeking a web developer to join our team. We currently use WordPress and need help making edits to the theme and cleaning up inefficient code. Responsibilities: Helping us add e-commerce to our existing website, editing the CSS code of our existing WordPress template, possibly adapting/transitioning our existing content to a new WordPress template, mirroring…

  • 10 English Expressions That Will Improve Your Writing
    10 English Expressions That Will Improve Your Writing

    By Ashley Elizabeth Wood English can be tricky to understand, but it is important to master. It is the most widespread language in the world, and more widely spoken and written than any other language on earth in the history of humankind.  Over 400 million people use English as a mother tongue and over 700…

  • What Do You Know About Kosovo?
    What Do You Know About Kosovo?

    ***The following article— “What Do You Know About Kosovo?” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   Kosovo haunts me. And I’m not the only…

  • Writing in a Foreign Language
    Writing in a Foreign Language

    By Ashley Elizabeth Wood So far, all of the “voices” we present here on Albanian Voices have been in English. It’s important to remember that in most cases, English is not that person’s first language. Writing is hard enough without adding the stress of doing it in a foreign language. In the case of Albanian…

  • Trying to Pay for Stuff When You’re With Albanians
    Trying to Pay for Stuff When You’re With Albanians

    ***The following article— “Trying To Pay for Stuff When You’re With Albanians” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   It’s a familiar scene. You’re…

  • Introducing New Lead Interviewer: Vanessa Villarreal
    Introducing New Lead Interviewer: Vanessa Villarreal

    The Albanian Voices family is growing! We are proud to announce our newest team member, Vanessa Villarreal. She contacted us requesting to be a part of the team and sent along an interview to prove she was up to the task of working with us. We were blown away by her tenacity, determination, driven attitude…

  • How I Learned Albanian Without Classes or a Teacher
    How I Learned Albanian Without Classes or a Teacher

    By Ashley Elizabeth Wood Recently, I’ve gotten many emails from many non-Albanian speakers. They ask me how I learned Albanian because they want to learn it too. Whenever they say things like that, I’m always kind of taken aback. “I speak Albanian?” I guess I do. Sometimes, I forget to give myself credit for it….

  • New Volunteer Needed for Position as Social Media Assistant
    New Volunteer Needed for Position as Social Media Assistant

    Summary: We are looking for a person to fill a position for Social Media Assistant who possesses strong social media skills on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. He or she will assist in efforts to increase audience participation and fan size. This is a temporary position with room for extension. Responsibilities: Starting out at…

  • Contagious Colors
    Contagious Colors

    ***The following article— “Contagious Colors” by Bora Shehu, is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   Ever since I started working with Albanian Voices, my American friends have had a…

  • Are You Cold?
    Are You Cold?

    ***The following article— “Are You Cold?” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   Audio Version of Article I have said it before and I’ll…

  • Tentative Itinerary for Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia
    Tentative Itinerary for Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia

    Bora and Ashley from the Albanian Voices team will be in Europe from November 10, 2014 until December 10, 2014. Our tentative itinerary is as follows. If you have any suggestions or can help us with transportation, lodging, etc, please leave a comment or email us at albanianvoices@gmail.com. We are flexible and willing to change…

  • Albanian Voices makes it on Gazeta Shqip!
    Albanian Voices makes it on Gazeta Shqip!

    Gazeta Shqip is a prominent Albanian newspaper that is read by thousands of Albanians world-wide. We were featured there! Here’s the link to the article: http://gazeta-shqip.com/lajme/2014/10/22/amerikania-krijon-organizate-per-mbrojtjen-e-kultures-shqiptare-besa-ka-shpetuar-jeten/

  • Indiegogo Campaign Update: We are going to Albania!
    Indiegogo Campaign Update: We are going to Albania!

    Great news! We have raised enough money to take our team to Albania and surrounding regions! Thank you all so much for your generous donations that have made this possible! Even though we only have enough for the flights + a bit of room and board, we are determined to meet our goals. Please help…

  • Our Indiegogo Campaign is Live!
    Our Indiegogo Campaign is Live!

    We have launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign! You can learn all about it on the Indiegogo page: igg.me/at/albanianvoices or by clicking the photo below! Our press release can be found here: http://www.prleap.com/pr/228685/albanian-outreach-organization-launches-funding

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Frequently Asked Questions

    By Ashley Elizabeth Wood 1. What got you interested in Albanians and why have you taken this so far? Click on the flow chart below 2. Are you Albanian? I’m not, but my partner is. I (Ashley Wood) am from Atlanta, Georgia, born and raised an English speaker. Bora Shehu, my partner and co-founder of the…

  • Reaction After Post about Macedonian Independence
    Reaction After Post about Macedonian Independence

    By: Ashley Elizabeth Wood Yesterday, the Republic of Macedonia celebrated their Independence Day. There are at least a half a million Albanians living in Macedonia. When I woke up yesterday and got ready for my work day, I thought of all of them in Macedonia, and assumed they’d have the day off.  I thought it would…

  • Festival Photos
    Festival Photos

    The photos from last week’s festival at St. Paul’s Albanian Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan are on Facebook! Now is a great time for you to “Like” us if you haven’t already (just click here). If you just want to see the photos and do not have Facebook, you can click here for a…

  • Contest Winner!
    Contest Winner!

    We are proud to announce that the winner of the contest! Of all the stories submitted to us during the 4 days at the festival, we finally found the best one! The winner of Best Story during the festival at St. Paul’s Albanian Catholic Church in Rochester Hills Michigan was 13-year old Gina Vuljaj! She…

  • Story Contest Rules
    Story Contest Rules

    Submit a Story to Albanian Voices and Get a Chance to Win a T-shirt! 1. Contest Description: Submit a personal story detailing a true experience that you or a family member have undergone for the Featured Voices section of the website. Your story must relate to your experience as an Albanian, but the topics are…

  • The Albanian Voices Team is Heading to Michigan (July 1-7)!
    The Albanian Voices Team is Heading to Michigan (July 1-7)!

    Last year, the “team” was just one person (Ashley) with an outrageous idea: collect stories from people who are part of a culture that is misunderstood by even the story-collector herself. Thanks to all the wonderful residents of Detroit, she was received with open arms and fell even more in love with Albanian culture than…

  • The Shortest Summary of Albanian History in History
    The Shortest Summary of Albanian History in History

    ***The following article— “The Shortest Summary of Albanian History in History” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.*** Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman…

  • Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “I love you”
    Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “I love you”

    I love you. Të dua. Your Albanian word of the day is: Të dua. You pronounce it like: tah dwoh  In English, that means: I love you. Sample Sentence: Te dua, zemer. In English, that means: I love you, honey.

  • Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “Yes”
    Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “Yes”

    Yes! Po! Your Albanian word of the day is: Po! You pronounce it like: poh In English, that means: Yes! Sample Sentence: Po, unë mund të vijë. In English, that means: Yes, I can come. Other words or expressions that mean the same: Albanians actually shake their head side to side to mean “yes” and up and down to mean “no”,…

  • Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “No”
    Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “No”

    No! Jo! Your Albanian word of the day is: Jo! You pronounce it like: yoh In English, that means: No! Sample Sentence: Jo, unë nuk mund të vijnë. In English, that means: No, I cannot come. Other words or expressions that mean the same: Albanians actually shake their head side to side to mean “yes” and up and down to mean…

  • Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “Thank you”
    Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “Thank you”

    Thank you! Faleminderit! Your Albanian word of the day is: Faleminderit! You pronounce it like: fah-lehm-mean-DEH-reet In English, that means: Thank you! Sample Sentence: Faleminderit për donacion.  In English, that means: Thank you for the donation. Other words or expressions that mean the same: Falemnerse (northern Albanian)

  • Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “Please”
    Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “Please”

    Please! Ju lutem! Your Albanian word of the day is: Ju lutem! You pronounce it like: yoo LOO-tehm In English, that means: Thank you! Sample Sentence: Ju lutem shikoni projektin tim në Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectAlbanianVoices In English, that means: Please look at my project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectAlbanianVoices Other words or expressions that mean the same: Ti lutem (informal)

  • Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “How are you?”
    Albanian Word/Phrase of the Day: “How are you?”

    How are you? Si je (ti)? Si jeni (ju)? Your Albanian word of the day is: Si je? (informal) & Si jeni? (formal and plural) You pronounce it like: see-yeh (informal) & see-ye-nee (formal or plural) In English, that means: How are you? Sample Sentence: Si jeni sot? Shumë mirë? In English, that means: How are you all doing today?…

  • Project Albanian Voices 2014 Update!
    Project Albanian Voices 2014 Update!

    Hi everyone! I know it has been a while since I last published an update. I’ve been working on the book a great deal and here’s a brief summary of what’s been going on with me and Project Albanian Voices. If you want the video version, just watch below. Last spring I ran a Kickstarter campaign that…

  • Albanian Word of the Day: “Hello”
    Albanian Word of the Day: “Hello”

    Hello! Përshëndetje! Your Albanian word of the day is: Përshëndetje! You pronounce it like: Per-shen-DEAT-ye In English, that means: Hello! Sample Sentence: Përshëndetje miq të dashur! In English, that means: Hello my beloved friends! Other words or expressions that mean the same: Tungjatjeta! (toon-jah-TYEH-tah)

  • Draft of a Chapter
    Draft of a Chapter

    Hi everyone. I have decided to release a draft of text from a chapter of the book. It is only a draft, but I welcome comments and suggestions. I hope it will give you an idea as to my style of writing and the way I am going to present some of the themes in…

  • Why Albania?
    Why Albania?

    ***The following article— “Why Albania?” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   My life has changed dramatically since this time last year. A year…

  • Understanding Albanian Hip Hop
    Understanding Albanian Hip Hop

    ***The following article— “Understanding Albanian Hip Hop” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   I thought I was informed. I thought I had a…

  • Albania Celebrates 100 Years of Independence
    Albania Celebrates 100 Years of Independence

    ***The following article— “Albania Celebrates 100 Years of Independence” by Ashley Elizabeth Wood is not an official Albanian Voices article. The views expressed in this article are entirely those of their author and do not necessarily represent the views of Albanian Voices or any of its partner organizations.***   “The Albanians, these tigers of mountain wars ……

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