Dua Lipa has had meteoric growth in her musical career these past few years. The British-Albanian singer-slash songwriter might not be the daughter of a celebrity, but there is little doubt of her popularity. Her toe-tapping songs are the absolute darling of clubs everywhere.
The ‘New Rules’ singer was initially a model in her formative years. But even though Dua Lipa hasn’t been in the industry for long, her talent has received its due exposure. With such a unique name, many people think that ‘Dua Lipa’ is an alias, but she received that name at birth. It means ‘Love’ in Albanian and suits the singer quite well.
Her Albanian heritage is quite evident through her name, and Dua Lipa has never tried to hide her geographical roots. But most fans know that Dua Lipa was born in London, making her British as well. So, how many languages does Dua Lipa speak? To know all about it, read on.
What Languages Does Dua Lipa Speak?
Dua Lipa is bilingual and can speak both English and Albanian. The British singer is of mixed ethnicity, and quite proud of her heritage. Born in London on 22 August 1995, Dua Lipa spent the majority of her childhood in the U.K. Thus making her English fluent and at a native level.
But Dua Lipa can speak Albanian as well. Her parents, Anesa and Dukagjin Lipa do not have celebrity status. Rather they are Kosova Albanians and had migrated from Pristina, Kosovo. During that period Kosova was a part of Yugoslavia, but the language was Albanian. 90% of Kosova are ethnic Albanians, and so is Dua Lipa.
Dua Lipa knows the Albanian language very well because that was what she spoke at home. Like all children, she took to the language by listening to her parents and relatives speak. Because of her home environment, and later shifting to Albania when she was 11, Dua Lipa is fluent in Albanian.
While English and Albanian are the only languages Dua Lipa can speak, she has proclaimed her love for languages often. If other popular languages are to be considered, like Korean, Dua Lipa cannot speak them. But in one of her recent concerts, she was seen speaking Spanish to her fans, but she doesn’t speak the language.
Does Dua Lipa Speak Albanian?
Yes, Dua Lipa is fluent in Albanian along with English. Dua Lipa may have had a childhood in London, but her family belonged to Albania. In fact, she along with her parents shifted back to their original grounds when she was just 11. After Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, Dua Lipa’s parents who were from Pristina went back there.
For 4 years after that, Dua Lipa attended the Mileniumi i Tretë School. There she had further opportunities to learn more about the Albanian language. While she could speak Albanian as a child, Dua Lipa had confessed in an interview that she couldn’t read or write the language. This was rectified by her time in Pristina. But, Dua Lipa and her family moved back to London when she was 15, but not before she became fluent in Albanian.
But even though the move was for her career did not mean that the singer totally forgot her roots. In the ‘73 questions with Dua Lipa’ in Vogue, Dua Lipa did not fail to mention her Albanian origin. The singer looks upon her heritage with pride as she proclaims her love for Albanian songs and hopes to change the stigma attached to Kosovo and Albania.
Albanians are also not unaware of their role in the famous singer’s life, as Dua Lipa achieved much fame with the hit “A vritet pafajsia” during the turbulent years of the 90s. The half-Albanian singer often uses her social media platform to proclaim her ethnicity, especially evident on her Instagram. The post had the caption, “tell me ur Albanian without telling me you’re Albanian” and was endearingly original.
What Accent Does Dua Lipa Speak?
Dua Lipa was born in England, but she is from Kosovo and can speak Albanian very well. The ‘One Kiss’ singer is also very proud of her Albanian roots and often speaks about it with fondness. Her accent on the other hand may be a bit hard to place, as some find it odd. Her childhood and teen years were spent between two countries, so her English accent is slightly different from standard English. Some also mix it up with ‘Estuary English’.
But in the end, it is obvious that Dua Lipa has a British accent. And it is not a very wild English accent either. Fans find her voice unique with a lovely twist, flaming her popularity further.
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The English- Albanian singer Dua Lipa is one of those rare creatures who sound good in every language. Even though she was born in London, her home life provided her with enough opportunities to learn the language of her ancestors, and she did not disappoint.
Coming from an ethnically rich background, the talented singer can speak both English as well as Albanian fluently.