Armenian for Everyone
Western and Eastern Armenian in Parallel Lessons

To order (we only accept checks and cash at this time), please contact:
Chris at (818) 486-4299 (Speaks Armenian)
or
Shawn at (818) 668-4515 (Speaks English)

Second Edition 2007
ISBN: 978-1-60402-825-6
©2005 Gayane° Hagopian
8.5 x 11, paperback, 517 pages, list price $50.00
First Edition 2005
CARAVAN BOOKS
ANN ARBOR
Michigan, U.S.A.

This book is designed to meet all practical needs of beginning and heritage students in one convenient volume which can be used both in classroom and self-instruction settings. The textbook is useful for fluent speakers of either variety of Armenian interested in the other.

Why should you buy this book?

  1. The very first textbook of Armenian presenting both Western and Eastern Armenian.
  2. The very first textbook of Armenian composed and structured according to modern theories of language acquisition and modern methods of language teaching by a professional linguist specializing in language acquisition and Armenian studies.
  3. Truly for everyone interested in Armenian language: from complete beginners to proficient speakers.
  4. Includes masterpieces of Armenian poetry, fables and sayings, representing the cultural identity and the collective folk wisdom of Armenians.
  5. Includes common phrases and everyday expressions in Eastern and Western Armenian; a separate booklet of common phrases will cost you half the price of this book.
  6. Discloses the relationship between the Classical (old) orthography or spelling and the Revised (Soviet Armenian) spelling systems and the correlation of spelling conventions and modern oral varieties of Armenian.
  7. The book presents:
    • language material in decreasing frequency in lessons, and in paradigms in grammatical appendices;
    • phonetics, grammar, and vocabulary with illustrations;
    • usage of phonetics and grammar through texts and dialogues;
    • exercises for practice and keys to check them;
    • original readings from Armenian literature and folklore, appendices on phonetics, grammar, and vocabulary.
Book Composition:
The main principle underlying the lessons is to learn the language by following the content and simultaneously acquire literacy. The alphabet is introduced gradually in descending frequency of letter use because letter frequency does not coincide with alphabetical order. Everything presented in a lesson can be spelled with the letters students have already learned. With the system followed here, a student having learned less than one-third of the Armenian alphabet is able to read, write, create speech, and engage in meaningful communication; that is, apply the primary directive for a language: comprehend and produce speech.

The textbook consists of 15 lesson-chapters. Each chapter contains a lesson for Western Armenian and an Eastern Armenian parallel. The latter are quite brief: they compare and contrast the same material within the same structure. The Western Armenian lessons contain pictures, illustrations and offer phonetic, lexical, and grammatical exercises; Eastern Armenian lessons end with brief assignments for advanced students.

Bookstores:      
CSUN Bookstore Abril     818.243.4112 Sardarapat 818.500.0790 Berj  818.244.3830
NY Armenian Diocese St. Vartan Bookstore NAASR booklist (Boston, Watertown)