If I have this right -- and maybe I don't -- National Blog Posting Month is November. So, I post something on November 1, then again on November 2, and so forth. On Armenian time, obviously.
This brings us to a topic I find absolutely fascinating: counting in Armenian.
Here are the numbers from one to ten in Armenian:
Take a moment and read through them. Say them out loud. No, really -- try it. What's your first reaction?
I can tell you what my first reaction was: what the hell. Yot? Yerek? Ut? Who ordered this?
But if you stare at the list for a while, some things start to look familiar. Ut is not so different from the English eight, and even closer to the French huit or Italian otto. Chors may not sound like "four" to us, but it's within a long reach of Spanish cuatro or Russian chetyre. Inn is cousin to the English nine and brother to the Greek ennea. If you're a linguist, you can link pretty much all of the list to cognates in other Indo-European languages.
That said, it's a weird-sounding list. It clunks. It clangs. It has a strange barbaric grandeur. In this respect, it's a very good introduction to Armenian.
The first numbers I learned in Armenian? Our address: Arabkir, Street 41, House #7. Arabkir pohots karasun mek, dom yot. Necessary for taxi drivers and ordering pizza. (Yes, we live on Street 41. Soviet urban planning.) Hmm, pizza in Armenia... that probably deserves a post of its own.
"Hundred" in Armenian is horyut, by the way, and "thousand" is hazar. (So we are living in the year yerku hazar yot. And how cool is that?) If you can link those to other languages, you are good.