Tung Tung: Goodbye but Not Farewell

Location:
Prishtina, Kosovo
Latitude/Longitude:
42.662913800000, 21.165502800000
Journal Entry:

Albanian is one of the coolest and hardest languages I’ve ever learned. One of my favorite parts of it is that the literal translations of words can be kind of intense! Let me show you an example. “Thank you” in English is "faleminderit" in Albanian. But, the literal translation means “I salute your honor.” Woah! Seems very intense and old to me. Kind of like the Albanian flag, the language can feel old and almost medieval. 

This journal is supposed to be a farewell journal. If you try to translate “farewell” to Albanian, you get lamtumirë. Except, you only say lamtumirë if you are saying goodbye… forever! We definitely aren’t doing that! So, how else can we say goodbye? Another way to say goodbye is mirupafshim. Mirupafshim literally translates to “may we well see each other.” I think of this as "when we see each other again, I hope we are well." That seems much more fitting for us!

To say goodbye in a more chill sense, you can also say tung (pronounced "toong"). Sometimes, people will say "tung tung," and I think that sounds really cute. It’s kind of like saying “bye” or “bye-bye” instead of “goodbye.”

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