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  • vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

    OK, there are some cute differences between Western and Eastern Armenian which I have been aware of thanks to my Halebci friends I met in States. It's funny that I have somewhat affected their Armenian with Hayastanci flavour and I have noticed that I use some Arevmtahayeren words. I love all Armenian flavours/accents/dialects and I don't seen any reason for comparing them in relevance or "quality" because that's just dumb.

    Anyways here are some, go ahead and add ones you know (Western on the left, Eastern on the right). Btw, I'm using Eastern spelling.

    correct: sheetak - tchisht
    straight: sheetak - ughigh
    minute: varkyan - rope' (varkyan in Eastern is second, had me confused for a little while)
    country: kaghak - erkir (kaghak in Eastern is city and erkir is also world).
    street: poghod - poghoc
    for sure: anshusht - iskapes (anshusht is also used in Eastern but not as commonly as iskapes ... at least by me )


    I forgot what neighbor was in Western: diraci ? maybe. Eastern is harevan.

    There's a funny difference that had be confused for a little while. My Halebci friends would use ahavor as amazing and awesome (positive) as in "Tatan ahavor erkichmn e". In Eastern ahavor is used as horrible, dreadful, so you can see this was a formula for headsratching a couple of times.
    Last edited by karoaper; 06-06-2006, 03:48 PM.

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    Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

    I love using the Western "khent" now as opposed to Eastern version "gizh" (crazy), which to me sounds less cool than khent. Although gzhanoc sounds cooler than khentanoc (nuthouse).

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      Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

      Yerkir is country in Western. Poghoc is used too.
      Last edited by TomServo; 06-06-2006, 06:08 PM.

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        Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

        poghod is used in Armenia for all the main streets.

        In Persian Armenian, people also have khiaban, kucha, and a few more Sip could name..

        Another one is "otar." In PA it means "urish", in Hayastan Armenian it means foreign.

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          Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

          Eastern Armenian: Verchapes Tehranits Ekank California

          Western Armenian: Verchabes Tehranen Yegank California

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            Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

            I had never heard poghod in Armenia tunot. I was also thinking that Halebcis might have their own unique flavour, so it's unfair for me to consider it as Western in general. And Tom, you're right erkir is also used as country in Western but so is kaghak, at least according to Halebci Armenian.

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              Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

              Originally posted by tunot
              In Persian Armenian, people also have khiaban, kucha, and a few more Sip could name..
              Aren't those both Persian?
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                Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

                hey... we say jisht too, but we're Western Armenians (Bolsahyes)...

                Have you heard the joke about a Halebci and a Hayastanci climbing a mountain?

                From what I've heard, tseke in Eastern Armenian means to pull, while it means the opposite (to let go) in Western, which leads to the joke about A Halebci and a Hayastanci climbing a mountain, and when the Hayastanci needs help getting up, the Halebci passes down a rope. The Hayastanci yells, tseke, and so the argument commences.
                I was taught how to think.

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                  Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

                  Originally posted by karoaper
                  I had never heard poghod in Armenia tunot. I was also thinking that Halebcis might have their own unique flavour, so it's unfair for me to consider it as Western in general. And Tom, you're right erkir is also used as country in Western but so is kaghak, at least according to Halebci Armenian.
                  What do you call Abovian Street in Armenia?

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                  • #10
                    Re: vocabulary differences between Western and Eastern Armenian

                    Originally posted by Siggie
                    Aren't those both Persian?
                    Yes! But we like to pretend they're Armenian..

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