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Beginning Armenian
A Communicative Textbook

ISBN 9780367408558
Published September 30, 2022 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

Beginning Armenian: A Communicative Textbook introduces conversational Western and Eastern Armenian in a single volume, allowing learners to acquire the language skills they need to communicate and to reference, contrast, and compare both standards of the language.

This book contains 24 lessons, each providing a range of key vocabulary and addressing different topics of daily life, including greetings, people, and objects, as well as past and future plans. An overview of the Western and Eastern Armenian alphabet, pronunciation, and punctuation is complimented by a range of exercises introducing the basics of Armenian grammar and vocabulary, with interactive information gap and role play activities designed to develop essential conversation skills.

Beginning Armenian is the ideal textbook to introduce class-based and independent learners to the Armenian language.

Table of Contents



Writing System

    • The Alphabet
    • Pronunciation
    • Punctuation

Lesson 1 – Greetings and Getting Acquainted

Letters: Ա ա, Ե ե, Է է, Բ բ, Պ պ, Փ փ, Ր ր, Լ լ, Վ վ, WA Ւ ւ, EA և

Grammar: Verb "to be"

Lesson 2 – Numbers and Sharing Personal Information

Letters: Թ թ, Դ դ, Տ տ, Ն ն, Մ մ, Ս ս, Չ չ, Ջ ջ, Ճ ճ, Ի ի, Ը ը, ՈՒ ու

Grammar: Verb "to have" and "to be"

Lesson 3 – Countries, Languages, and Origins

Letters: Ք ք, Կ կ, Գ գ, Ձ ձ, Ց ց, Ծ ծ, Հ հ, Յ յ, Ո ո, Օ օ

Grammar: Regular verb "to live", verb "to know", ablative and locative cases, possessives

Lesson 4 – Review

Letters: Խ խ, Ղ ղ, Ռ ռ, Ֆ ֆ, Զ զ, Ժ ժ, Շ շ

Grammar: Regular verbs, present tense and negative present, the nominative case

Lesson 5 – People and Occupations

Grammar: Possessives, plural, definite and indefinite articles

Lesson 6 – Everyday Objects

Grammar: Demonstratives, post-positions

Lesson 7 – Whose Is This?

Grammar: Possessive pronouns, genitive case

Lesson 8 – The Time and the Date

Grammar: Verb "can" present tense and negative present

Lesson 9 – Weather and Mood

Grammar: Past continuous tense of verb "to be"

Lesson 10 – Daily Routine and Free Time

Grammar: Regular verbs, present tense and negative present

Lesson 11 – Activities

Grammar: Motion, past continuous tense of regular verbs and habitual present tense

Lesson 12 – Future Plans

Grammar: Future tense

Lesson 13 – Activities in the Past

Grammar: Simple past tense and imperative mood of regular verbs WA -ել, -իլ, -ալ / EA -ել and -ալ

Lesson 14 – Dining

Grammar: Simple past tense and imperative mood of irregular verbs

Lesson 15 – Shopping

Grammar: Simple past tense and imperative mood of WA -նել, -նիլ, -իլ, -չիլ and EA -նել, -չել verbs

Lesson 16 – Asking for Directions

Grammar: Simple past tense and imperative mood of causative -ցնել and of -նալ verbs

Lesson 17 – Public Transportation

Grammar: Instrumental and ablative cases, simple past tense and imperative mood of irregular verbs

Lesson 18 – Grammar – Object Pronouns

Grammar: Accusative and dative cases

Lesson 19 – Health

Grammar: Present perfect tense

Lesson 20 – Food

Grammar: Instrumental case

Lesson 21 – Describing People

Grammar: Instrumental and ablative cases

Lesson 22 – Wants, Needs, Opinions, Requests

Grammar: Subjunctive mood and EA future tenses with պիտի and կ

Lesson 23 – Grammar – Postpositions

Lesson 24 – Grammar – Relative Pronouns and Participles

Review Exercises

Grammar Appendix

Further Reading


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Charry Karamanoukian is Lecturer in Armenian Language at Columbia University, USA.


"This is a wonderful textbook where Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian are presented together alongside English translations and transliterations, enabling learners with diverse language backgrounds to study the Armenian language comprehensively with ease and fun. The author guides learners from Ա (A) through the alphabet, grammatical foundations, and practical vocabulary. The clear explanations and interactive, real-world exercises make it a terrific resource for learners and teachers alike. Whether you are preparing for a trip to Armenia, to interact with Armenian native speakers or simply satisfy your desire to learn the old and beautiful Armenian language, this textbook will help you reach your goal and enjoy the experience."

Svetlana Ghazaryan Wilson, International Center for Language Studies (ICLS), Foreign Service Institute, USA

"Beginning Armenian presents easy to understand vocabulary in Armenian that makes the language accessible to novice learners of all ages and anyone with a general interest in the Armenian language. The exercises, also presented with accessible vocabulary, emphasize everyday conversation and real-life situations (acquaintance, family, occupation, study, etc.) and the textbook is organized in a clear and unencumbered style. 

The logical connection between the lessons, the repetitions and novelties in the exercises make the textbook interesting and enjoyable for the user. This book is recommended for university students, all beginners, and anyone with a general interest in the Armenian language." 

Ishkhan Chiftjian, University of Hamburg, Germany