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March 17, 2008

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R

Armenian is actually a fairly logical language. Its written left to right; uses familiar verb structure (I am; you are; he is, etc); uses declensions (as in German). The alphabet has 38 letters each of which represent a sound, so once you memorize the sounds you can easily read.

To complicate matters there are 2 dialects - Eastern Armenian spoken in Armenia, ex-USSR countries and Iran, and Western Armenian spoken in much of the diaspora. So the 7 or 8 million Armenian speakers in the world are somewhat split.

My experience is that in Armenia almost everyone speaks Russian and in the diaspora almost everyone speaks Armenian, English, and/or French, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, etc.

So there is little incentive for non-Armenians to learn the language.

Doug (not Muir)

Question for Radio Yerevan: Is it true that jokes about Russians aren't funny in Armenia?

Answer: In principle yes, but only the ones that also involve Serbs.

eduardo

Dear Douglas
Are you an specialist in languages?
I am with you tha what is HAI has to remain HAI. Love it or no the mother of all the european languages

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