1st Edition

Beginning Armenian A Communicative Textbook

By Charry Karamanoukian Copyright 2023
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    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



    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