What’s so special about Armenian language?
Armenian alphabet is very unique as it was created by a monk Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD to add to the culture of the Armenia its own signature. Tied to the religion and serving the initial purpose of expanding knowledge about Christianity in its own language, the system of 36 symbols was created to express Armenian language. The language itself represents the culture of Armenia and its spirit.
How can I learn Armenian language?
There are language schools that offer courses. You can also try the online courses. There are many options and a good variety available. As an Internet user, you might also want to find a native speaker to practice expressing your thoughts in Armenian. In any case you will have to start from learning the Armenian alphabet. Be prepared that it does not look like any other alphabet. But as soon as you master that, you will be able to read materials, written in Armenian. You next step will be expanding your vocabulary and learning grammar. Again – online resources might come in very handy for that.
Is Armenian language more difficult than English?
Due to the fact that Armenian language has its own alphabet which looks nothing similar to English letters, learning it might be a challenge on its own. Besides, these two languages do not have any similarities. Grammar, pronunciation and word order – everything will be very different. On the bright side – the word order in Armenian language is not as strict as in English. It takes away at least that worry out of your way and makes it fun to speak Armenian.
In which countries can I use Armenian language?
Armenian is an official language of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It is a recognised minority language in Cyprus, Hungary, Georgia, Iraq, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. It is also widely spoken in Armenian Diaspora, spread all over the world, especially in Russia, Unites States of America (more than 1,000,000 people), France, India, Iran, Georgia, Argentina, Brazil, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, Poland, Canada, Australia, Turkey and Greece. In fact, there is approximately 7 million people who speak Armenian language.
How long will it take to learn Armenian?
It depends on how much time you want to invest in learning the language. It also depends on your personal learning abilities. Just like with any other language, it will take 6-12 months to learn the alphabet, learn how to read and write, using it. After this period of time you should be able to hold a basic conversation. In order to speak like a native speaker you will have to invest much more time into the studies as well as have lots of practice with native Armenian speakers.
How can I practice speaking Armenian?
Your best choice would be to pack your suitcase and get on a plane to Armenia. Under the southern Armenian sun and with the friendly locals, you will experience full immersion into Armenian language. If you don’t have an opportunity to visit Armenia and dive into their culture and language, there is plenty of other options for those who is determined to learn how to properly speak Armenian:
- Join a speaking club.
- Find native speakers online.
- Read loud. It will help you with correct pronunciation. Make sure you listen to Armenian language a lot so you know how it actually has to sound.
- Hire a private tutor.