If you’re planning to move to Armenia you’d better get yourself in gear and learn Armenian–at least if you intend to communicate with an estimated 97.7% of your friends. Unlike Azeri, which is related to Turkish, and Georgian, which is related to no known languages outside the region, Armenian is one of the most ancient, and most independent, branches of the Indo-European language group family tree. Armenian is the only surviving Indo-European language that is related equally to both Eastern (Persian) and Western (Greek) branches of the tree. The Armenian language is a literal linguistic
bridge between East and West. (Visit this flashing musical site about the Armenian
alphabet. Click on each letter to hear a different Armenian song.)
In class we’re going to say hello in Georgian and goodbye in Armenian
Hello in Georgian: Garmarjoba
Goodbye in Armenian: Ts’tesutyun
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