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    The Armenian language, probably came into existence around 2000 B.C. even though this is at best a guess. Reflecting its ancient legacy, it is an independent branch of the Indo-European or Aryan language family. It is considered an extremely precise language. Due to its utter lack of ambiguity, the Armenian language was recommended by anthropologist Margaret Mead, for use as an "international language." It wasn't until Mesrob Mashtots that it was written down with its own alphabet. Imagine that, a world where Armenian is the international language. Good luck, since alot of people won't be able to learn it.
    Achkerov kute.

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    Yea, and sadly more and more Armenians are forgetting it. I plan on taking a class or something so that I better my Armenian.

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    • #3
      I had heard about some sort of international council of linguists in the 50s, who came up with the conclusion was the language that allowed the most precision in espressing oneself. Anything to do with Mead?
      Last edited by xBaron Dants; 01-11-2004, 08:06 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sSsflamesSs Yea, and sadly more and more Armenians are forgetting it. I plan on taking a class or something so that I better my Armenian.
        I'm going to take armenian courses very soon. It will be more axed on culture and litterature then on language though.

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        • #5
          I read, write, and speak Armenian.

          After winter and spring quarter, I'll have time to review.
          Achkerov kute.

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            It's also funny that I'm Hayastansi, and speak the Arevelahyeren dialect, yet I can also speak the Arevmtahyeren dialect as well.

            I've encountered many Hayastansi able to do that, but not many who speak Arevmtahyeren who can speak in Arevelahyeren.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Anonymouse It's also funny that I'm Hayastansi, and speak the Arevelahyeren dialect, yet I can also speak the Arevmtahyeren dialect as well.

              I've encountered many Hayastansi able to do that, but not many who speak Arevmtahyeren who can speak in Arevelahyeren.
              I'm an Arevmtahye who speaks arevelahyeren.

              I think it is due to the fact that many Hayastantsis joined armenian communities in the diaspora where arevmtahayeren was the main dialect. Cases of the opposite happening are very rare.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Baron Dants I'm an Arevmtahye who speaks arevelahyeren.

                I think it is due to the fact that many Hayastantsis joined armenian communities in the diaspora where arevmtahayeren was the main dialect. Cases of the opposite happening are very rare.
                It could indeed be. It could also be responsible due to the phonetics and the dialects precisions.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Anonymouse It could indeed be. It could also be responsible due to the phonetics and the dialects precisions.
                  I won't deny it. It can get tricky with the "b"s and the "p"s and the "g"s and the "k"s and so on. But in the end, it's just a matter of practice.

                  I won't be as fluent in arevelayeren right now as I was in my third week in Armenia, it's a given. But that's because I have almost NO arevelahyes around me. I'll still be able to manage......even quite well.
                  Last edited by xBaron Dants; 01-11-2004, 08:50 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Anonymouse It's also funny that I'm Hayastansi, and speak the Arevelahyeren dialect, yet I can also speak the Arevmtahyeren dialect as well.

                    I've encountered many Hayastansi able to do that, but not many who speak Arevmtahyeren who can speak in Arevelahyeren.
                    I've always been able to do that. My Dad and Grandma can as well. I went to school in Yerevan for about two years. After moving here, my Mom tutored me because she didn't want my dialect to change by sending me to an Armenian school in LA. Anyway, it's fun switching back and forth between dialects.
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