Albanian is actually an Indo-European language spoken in Albania and other parts of the southern Balkans by a small group of ethnic Albanians. It is considered a language isolate. This means that it has no common ancestry with any other language. Its origins are disputed, but it is believed to have originated from the western parts of the Balkans from an ancient group called the Illyrians. This makes it one of the oldest languages that exist. It has two very distinct dialects: Gheg and Tosk. Standard Albanian is based on Tosk, which is mainly spoken in the southern parts of Albania.