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  • Apr 16, 2012
  • 04:42 PM

Western Armenian Is Nearing Extinction

Arda Jebejian / The Armenian Mirror-Spectator
The recent well-justified alarm that western Armenian is among the world’s thousands of endangered languages (that is, predicted to die in the next 100 years), important though it is, is not enough. What this language, culture and people need is the development of therapeutic undertakings and approaches.
  • Apr 09, 2012
  • 05:36 PM

Armenia’s Communists favor country’s children to attend Russian schools
...In his words, Armenia’s current education system does not teach a necessary amount of Russian language to the children. At the same time, however, the Communists demand that the teaching level of Armenian—the country’s official language—be raised in schools.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 12:49 PM

Education researcher Ayan Ceyhan: Elective Kurdish course offers too little

Yonca Poyraz Doğan / Today's Zaman
There are positive and negative sides to having Kurdish as an elective course. First of all, Kurds are not a homogenous group of people. There are different groups of Kurdish children in Turkey. When we look at this heterogeneity in terms of language, we see that some of them know little Turkish or no Turkish at all when they start school. There are also those children whose Kurdish and Turkish are at almost the same level.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 02:15 AM

Interest drops in Turkey’s minority language courses

Vercihan Ziflioğlu / Hürriyet Daily News
Private courses launched in recent years to teach Turkey’s minority languages have not attracted much attention despite the minimal fees they charge, and some believe the lack of interest in such courses has to do with Turkey’s long-lasting policies.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 10:52 AM

The Armenian-Speaking Muslims of Hamshen: Who Are They? (video)

Vahan Ishkhanyan / Hetq Online
In Hopa, they only speak Homshetsma. No one understands their Russian. Their dialect and the one spoken in Hopa have remained basically the same, just some vocabulary is different. “Just a few words here and there are completely different. For example, they say mashina for a car and we say tilezhka. We say makina for a sewing machine but here it’s used to describe a laundry machine,” Nargiza explains.
  • Mar 17, 2012
  • 08:03 PM

Armenian language courses launched in Turkish province

The Sur District Municipality in the Turkish southeastern province of Diyarbakır has launched Armenian language courses for both its employees and other enthusiasts, building upon its earlier initiative to provide Kurdish courses.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 04:59 PM

Beyond mistakes: Armenian linguists warn the neglecting of mother tongue will result in language loss

Siranuysh Gevorgyan /
At different press conferences, on online social networks, in conferences Armenian linguists in most of their statements called not only the modern spoken but also the mass media language tortured and corrupted. They warned that jargon, dialect and speech full of grammatical and pronunciation mistakes have penetrated into radio and TV, and the audience believes that it is a norm, that it is correct to speak that way.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 12:12 AM

On agenda: Armenian linguists say the state of mother tongue in the country should be improved

Gohar Abrahamyan /
Today, February 21, Armenia marks the International Mother Language Day and Armenian linguists speaking about the present state of the Armenian language, say that even though Armenia is an independent country now, and the Armenian language is under state patronage, “the language is threatened.”
  • Jan 12, 2012
  • 01:41 AM

Armenian-language reporting gains steam

Van Meguerditchian / The Daily Star
BEIRUT: At 4:30 p.m. each day, many Lebanese Armenians switch their televisions to FutureNews or OTV to watch coverage of local, regional and international news in Armenian. While community members can choose from among dozens of Arabic-language television stations, many viewres told The Daily Star that they miss having a television channel dedicated to broadcasting Armenian-language programs.
  • Jan 12, 2012
  • 01:04 AM

How My Kids Lost and Found Their Native Language

Tina Der Bedrossian / InCultureParent
My girls were very early speakers. By age two, they spoke in full Armenian sentences. By age three, they were able to carry on articulate conversations, and oh boy were they chatty! I enrolled them in preschool by age four, with minimal English vocabulary. However, their inability to comprehend basic English directions frustrated them and they would often speak with their teacher and peers in Armenian.
  • Jul 29, 2011
  • 11:22 PM

Native v State Language: Ethnic minorities of Georgia face education and identity challenges

Gohar Abrahamyan /
The fact that the government has taken over the translation and publishing of textbooks designated for ethnic minorities has become an issue of great concern for Georgia’s ethnic minorities; namely the two largest, Azeri and Armenian, communities as it hinders native-language and identity education. The community representatives complain that the textbook translation is done poorly.
  • Jul 27, 2011
  • 01:19 PM

Old school printer exploits his passion for languages to the last letter

Annie Slemrod / The Daily Star
Languages, and Syriac in particular, are Chahan’s passion. But they began as a necessity. Born in Allepo’s Syriac quarter to a family from Odessa, he spoke Armenian with his mother, Turkish with his father, and Syriac in church. School was in French, and government activities were carried out in Arabic, so “from the age of 7 you needed to speak five languages,” he says.
  • Jul 19, 2011
  • 09:26 PM

5th pan-Armenian Olympiad of Armenian Language and Literature gets underway

Public Radio of Armenia
The solemn opening ceremony of the 5th pan-Armenian Olympiad on Armenian Language, Literature and Armenology took place at the Arno Babajanyan Hall today. The event is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Armenia. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.
  • Jul 13, 2011
  • 01:22 AM

Javakhk Armenians against bilingual education system introduced in Georgia

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenians of Javakhk are against the bilingual system of education in national minority schools, as it may hamper the study of native tongue.
  • May 23, 2011
  • 12:26 AM

Mock Awards: Pressure group “honors” statesmen espousing foreign-language education in Armenia

Gohar Abrahamyan /
A pressure group has given “anti-awards” to a number of top statesmen for their favoring foreign-language schools in Armenia.
  • May 18, 2011
  • 09:13 PM

The Case for One Armenian Dialect

Footprints - Armenia
There is an ongoing debate, although perhaps not well publicized, about which Armenian is “proper” — that which is taught and spoken throughout the diaspora, known as Western Armenian, or the Eastern Armenian dialect spoken by those born in the Armenian republic and elsewhere, like Iran.
  • May 14, 2011
  • 05:52 PM

Love for Erebuni school in Belmont

Satenik Karapetyan / Armenian Reporter
Nelli Harutyunyan, who teaches the third grade, has been working at the school for 10 years. "The language is so important. Our kids must speak Armenian. We as a people must maintain our language and here at Erebuni we try to instill that in our students."
  • May 08, 2011
  • 07:11 PM

1915 deprived Turkey of its Armenian language publications

Emine Dolmaci / Today's Zaman
It used to be that the colorful and multicultural nature of Anatolian society was reflected in various press publications. In the wake of the unfortunate events of April 24, 1915, though, this particular aspect of Turkish society was damaged.
  • May 03, 2011
  • 11:56 AM

16 iPhone users already downloaded “iTetr Armenian Keyboard” app

“Since 2007, when first iPhone was released, there has been a need to have an Armenian keyboard. iTunes accepted the app yesterday and during the day it was downloaded by 16 users, 4 of them are Armenian iTunes users,” Margaryan said.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 12:56 AM

Armenian education minister’s visit to Georgia produces desirable results

Arka News Agency
...The thing is that hours of Armenian language lessons were cut the last year, but now Shashkin assured Ashotyan that Armenian would be taught 10 hours from September 1.
  • Apr 26, 2011
  • 11:48 PM

Once Upon a Time in America…: Small Armenian community in N. Carolina gathers around Church

Gayane Mkrtchyan /
Kupelian also attaches importance to the language in keeping identity while away from the historical homeland. On Saturday evenings she organizes Armenian language classes for children in the community to learn their mother tongue.
  • Apr 26, 2011
  • 01:27 AM

Turkish university to offer Armenian language courses

Erisa Dautaj Şenerdem / Hürriyet Daily News
An Istanbul university's language academy is organizing the only courses in Armenian at the post-secondary level as part of an effort to enhance regional dialogue between businesspeople and academics.
  • Apr 23, 2011
  • 12:01 AM

Hranush Hakobyan receives Ukrainian Ambassador

H. Hakobyan and I. Kukhta discussed issues of mutual interest, including the problems faced by the Armenian community of Ukraine and Ukrainian community of Armenia. They touched upon the possibility of including the Armenian language in the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Ukraine.
  • Apr 21, 2011
  • 02:50 AM

Human Rights report expressed troubles on Javakhk situation
On April 8, 2011 the U.S. State Department released its 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. In the country report on Georgia, similarly to the last year’s report, the facts of violation of the rights of the Armenians of Javakhk have been presented in an incomplete and distorted manner.