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Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources

Postby Speakeasy » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:23 pm

Armenian on the LLORG and the HTLAL
As is the case for many of the less frequently studied languages, searches for “Armenian” on the LLORG and the HTLAL yield mostly long lists in which the name of this language appears, and not much more. Although there has been no substantive discussions of Armenian resources and, while only a few of members have expressed a passing interest in studying this language, there has been a small but measurable activity in a few members’ personal logs.

Armenian Language
Armenian, Armenian Hayeren, also spelled Haieren, is a language that forms a separate branch of the Indo-European language family; it was once erroneously considered a dialect of Iranian. In the early 21st century the Armenian language is spoken by some 6.7 million individuals. The majority (about 3.4 million) of these live in Armenia, and most of the remainder live in Georgia and Russia. More than 100,000 Armenian speakers live in Iran. Until the early 20th century, an Armenian population had lived in Turkey in the area around Lake Van since ancient times; a small minority of Armenians lives in Turkey today. Armenians also live in Lebanon, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Iraq, France, Bulgaria, the United States, and elsewhere. Several distinct varieties of the Armenian language can be distinguished: Old Armenian (Grabar), Middle Armenian (Miǰin hayerên), and Modern Armenian, or Ašxarhabar (Ashkharhabar). Modern Armenian embraces two written varieties—Western Armenian (Arewmtahayerên) and Eastern Armenian (Arewelahayerên)—and many dialects are spoken. – Source: Britanica.com

Armenian Language - Britanica.com
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Armenian-language

Armenian Language - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_language

Languages of Armenia - Wikipedia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Armenia

Armenian Language – Armenia Discovery
https://armeniadiscovery.com/en/articles/the-armenian-language


Some Previous Discussion Threads

Learning Armenian - LLORG- April 2018
https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=7993

Armenian alphabet - LLORG - November 2018
https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9373

Armenian resources - HTLAL - July 2015
http://www.how-to-learn-any-language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40655&PN=2


Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources
In preparing the list below, I consulted the usual sources: ERIC, Yojik, DFLIC, NFLC, Amazon, Google, including the websites of a handful of American universities.

Absent at Rollcall
Searches for Armenian materials, either legacy or contemporary, from the usual sources below, yielded NO RESOURCES. I must admit that I was particularly surprised by the absence of sound files for this language amongst the very impressive collection of the NFLC*.
DLI Basic (legacy)
DLI Headstart2
DLI GLOSS
FSI Basic (legacy)
Indiana University CeLT Recorded Materials Archives
National Foreign Language Center*

Armenian Resources: LEGACY
While my searches of the usually-reliable sources of legacy language-learning materials drew a blank, I did come across two “audio-lingual method” legacy courses.

Peace Corps Armenian
Whereas the U.S. Government’s ERIC website hosts one Peace Corps Armenian course, the Live Lingua Project hosts a total of three, one of which contains audio recordings, another of which is a video. Please note that, whereas Live Lingua’s copy of “Armenian Language Competencies for Peace Corps” contains only 18 pages, the one hosted on ERIC contains the full 176 pages.
https://www.livelingua.com/project/peace-corps/Armenian/
https://eric.ed.gov/?q=Armenian+&pg=6&id=ED401764

Modern Western Armenian (1977), 319 pages, by Kevork B. Bardakjian, Robert W. Thomson
A Textbook of Modern Western Armenian (1977) - Kevork B. Bardakjian, Robert W. Thomson
Please note that the above titles refer to the same course, I have listed them both because several comments on the internet refer only to the shortened version above. The listing on the ERIC website (which does not include a downloadable copy, a matter which suggests to me that it is available only in microfiche form) describes this work as follows: “This textbook is designed as a first-year course at the undergraduate level. It is specifically aimed at students with no prior knowledge of Armenian, and emphasis has been placed on the numerous subtleties and nuances of Armenian which might seem strange or difficult to English speakers. In the text, stress has been put on explaining the grammar and syntax; for practice in speaking, tapes were made which elaborate on the material in the exercises. The vocabulary is based on the thousand most frequent words in Armenian, which were compiled from word frequency lists available for Western European languages. Spoken Beirut Armenian was chosen as the most acceptable form where alternatives existed. The text reflects recent linguistic trends in spoken Armenian; a deliberate attempt has been made to disregard literary and stylistic archaisms. In addition, the English of the exercises has not been simplified.” Although dated, it would appear that this introductory course employed the “audio lingual method” of instruction which placed a heavy emphasis on the practice sentence-pattern drills. The audio recordings are hosted on the University of Michigan’s Foreign Language Audio Material (FLACS) website (see LINK below). Comments on Amazon are mixed. Nevertheless, I would interpret the particularly negative reviews as an indication that the user did not have access to the audio recordings. I would place this work on my own “A List” of resources.
https://lsa.umich.edu/lrc/language-learning/foreign-language-audio-material--flacs-/armenian.html
https://umich.app.box.com/v/UM-FLACS-ModernWesternArmenian
https://www.amazon.com/A-Textbook-Modern-Western-Armenian/dp/0882065041#customerReviews
https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&an=&tn=A+Textbook+of+Modern+Western+Armenian+&kn=&isbn=
REVISED COMMENTARY: Please refer to Daristani's additional comments, below.

Eastern Armenian: A Textbook by Bardakjian and Vaux.
Submitted by Daristani, below, viz: I don't think the publisher is in business any longer, and I've never seen a physical copy for sale anywhere. Mysteriously, however, a PDF shows up at https://vdocuments.mx/eastern-armenian-textbook.html

Spoken East Armenian (1958) by Gordon H Fairbanks, Earl W. Stevick
One listing for this work indicates that it first published in 1958 by the American Council of Learned Societies. While this date might be accurate, the possibility exists that it was one of several such course which were published during WWII on behalf of the United States Armed Forces Institute as War Department Education Manuals. Either way, it would appear that the now-defunct publisher, Spoken Language Services (SLS), acquired the rights to this work and published their own editions as of 1977 and thereafter. My “hunch” is that this course would have been quite elementary and would have employed the nascent audio-lingual method of instruction. Audio recordings, in the form of large sets of 78 rpm vinyl records would have been prepared at the time which SLS would have converted to audio cassettes, as attested by one Amazon Customer: “This accompanying set of cassettes is a must for anyone studying the textbook "Spoken Armenian" by Gordon Fairbanks (see my review of that). A voice in broad American dialect says a word, then a very clear Armenian voice speaks the Armenian translation of that word, twice, with a short pause in between. When all new words of a particular sentence have been exposed in that way, the English voice utters the complete sentence, and then the Armenian correspondence of that sentence is spoken, again twice. At least 3 different Armenians speak, so you get used to different registers, all are very distinct and easy to listen in to. I bought my set about 15 years ago but the sound is still perfect, the noise level is virtually zero. Thus, the quality of both the textbook and the tapes are amazing. The pedagogical method of mid-20th century structuralism may be regarded as oldfashioned today by mainstream teachers, but I myself love it. I highly recommend this course.”
https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?bi=0&bx=off&cm_sp=SearchF-_-Advtab1-_-Results&ds=30&recentlyadded=all&sortby=17&sts=t&tn=Spoken%20East%20Armenian

Armenian Resources: CONTEMPORARY
As has become my custom in preparing lists of language resources, I have chosen to exclude the plethora of phrase books, quick-fix courses, and the like. In the same vein, I assume that the reader does not need my assistance in locating the gillions of videos on YouTube. The items listed below seem to hold the most promise for the beginning, but serious, student of this language. For a purported “less-frequently-studied” language, there are actually many interesting courses to choose from!

Armenian Language Tutorial - Depi Hayk
Avec remerciements à Expugnator!
https://www.birthrightarmenia.org/depihayk/login.php?content=login

Armenian Language – Armenia Discovery
Repeated from the listings above, but enticing all the same.
https://armeniadiscovery.com/en/articles/the-armenian-language

Assimil Armenian with Ease / L'Arménien sans peine / L'Arménien de poche
Fuhggedaboudit! There were discussions on the HTLAL, in October 2008, of a soon-to-be-released “Assimil Armenian with Ease” course for which the publisher had already registered an I.S.B.N. However, it would appear that Assimil determined that the market potential was insufficient to support the development of a full course and, instead, published a phrase book under the title “Arménien de poche” for which audio recordings are regrettably not available.
REVISED COMMENTARY: As subsequently noted by member Asfaloth, below, and confirmed by Daristani, Assimil did, indeed, publish a French edition of this course as "L'Arménien sans peine" (which is regrettably out-of-print). Thus, the discussions on the HTLAL of "Armenian with Ease" were correct, but misleading. That is, there was a French edition of the course but not an English one. Merci à Asfaloth!

Beginner's Armenian (Hippocrene Beginner's) (1965, 1999, 2005), 216 pages, by Hagop Andonian
In decades past, Hippocrene developed a reputation for publishing cheap copies of public domain language courses. However, more recently, they appear to have joined the mainstream publishers and have begun issuing some fairly respectable materials. As the Amazon Customer Reviews are quite mixed, and as there is no mention of audio recordings for this work, I would tend to place it on my “B List” of Armenian resources.
https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Armenian-Hippocrene-Hagop-Andonian/dp/0781807239/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Beginner%27s+Armenian+hippocrene&qid=1565543526&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Eastern Armenian Comprehensive Self-Study Language Course, 3rd ed. (2017), 223 pages, by Anahit S. Avetisyan
I make mention of this course particularly owing to its positive reception by several Amazon Customers. The textbook is described as using “… Armenian / Armenian transliteration / English translation in its structure …” but there is no explicit mention of audio recordings to accompany this course, a matter which I find quite unusual given the ease with which recordings can now be rendered available. In the absence of confirmation of recordings, I would place this work on my “B List” of resources.
https://www.amazon.com/Eastern-Armenian-Comprehensive-Self-Study-Language/dp/9939021402/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Armenian+Language&qid=1565538870&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Eastern Armenian Textbook: A Comprehensive Language Course with Recordings; Self-study and Classroom Use, 1st ed., (2018), 240 pages, by Mary Hakobyan
The self-published author of this work promises to prepare the beginning student for basic conversations in Armenian. The promotional website (see link below) contains a few images drawn from the book which, at first glance, seems to follow the format of many classroom oriented textbooks. The lengthy title specifies that this course is suitable for self-study. Although I am not convinced that all of the Amazon Customer Reviews are genuine, and not posted by the author’s friends and well-wishers, I would still place this book on my “A List” of resources.
https://www.amazon.com/Eastern-Armenian-Textbook-Comprehensive-Recordings/dp/B07B9RV1MN/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Armenian+Language&qid=1565541584&s=gateway&sr=8-2
http://easternarmeniantextbook.com/

Eastern Armenian for the English-speaking World (with audio CD), 2nd ed. (2008), 581 pages, by Dora Sakayan
Modern Western Armenian For The English-speaking World, 1st ed, (2000) 398 pages, by Dora Sakayan
This pair of textbooks, by the same author, appear to be very comprehensive introductions to the two major dialects of Armenian. Although conceived more for classroom use than for home-study, I find the sheer mass of materials quite attractive. Both because of, and in spite of, the Amazon Customer Reviews, I would definitely place these materials at the top of my “A List” of resources.
https://www.amazon.com/Eastern-Armenian-English-speaking-World-audio/dp/9785808408/ref=sr_1_21?keywords=Armenian+Language&qid=1565542335&s=gateway&sr=8-21
https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Western-Armenian-English-speaking-World/dp/0969987927/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1565544350&refinements=p_27%3ADora+Sakayan&s=books&sr=1-2&text=Dora+Sakayan

Pimsleur Armenian (Eastern & Western)
Simon & Schuster offers a Pimsleur Level I course for each of Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian. Wading Pool Level language-learning at its very finest! Not everyone wants to jump into the Deep End and sink or swim … particularly those amongst us whose bodies have a specific gravity greater than one!
https://www.pimsleur.com/learn-armenian-eastern
https://www.pimsleur.com/learn-armenian-western

Routledge Colloquial Armenian – NONE !
Regrettably, Routledge’s highly-regarded “Colloquial” series of entry-level courses, which includes a respectable number of works covering the less-frequently-studied languages, DOES NOT INCLUDE one for Armenian.

Teach Yourself Complete Armenian – NONE !
Regrettably, the highly-regarded “Teach Yourself” series of entry-level courses, which includes a respectable number of works covering the less-frequently-studied languages, DOES NOT INCLUDE one for Armenian.

Don’t Stop Searching!
The above list is as partial and as subjective as any other that I have prepared, there are many other resources available for the study of Armenian and I encourage the reader to keep searching. Please feel at liberty to add your own recommendations to this thread.

EDITED:
Formatting.
Tinkering.
Revised Commentary to the entry under "Assimil Armenian with Ease".
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Re: Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources

Postby vonPeterhof » Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:33 pm

Good news for learners of Western Armenian - since April there's finally a separate Western Armenian Wikipedia!
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Re: Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources

Postby Asfaloth » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:01 pm

Speakeasy wrote:Armenian on the LLORG and the HTLAL
Assimil Armenian with Ease (Arménien de poche)
Fuhggedaboudit! There were discussions on the HTLAL, in October 2008, of a soon-to-be-released “Assimil Armenian with Ease” course for which the publisher had already registered an I.S.B.N. However, it would appear that Assimil determined that the market potential was insufficient to support the development of a full course and, instead, published a phrase book under the title “Arménien de poche” for which audio recordings are regrettably not available.
https://www.amazon.fr/LArm%C3%A9nien-poche-conversation-Robert-Avak/dp/2700505557/ref=sr_1_2?__mk_fr_FR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&crid=17SOPMANDEJLN&keywords=arm%C3%A9nien&qid=1565133841&s=gateway&sprefix=ARM%C3%89N%2Caps%2C234&sr=8-2

Notice that there does exist a (sadly out of print, as far as I understand) full French-based L’Arménien sans peine by Assimil for the Eastern variety.
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Re: Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources

Postby Speakeasy » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:26 pm

@Asfaloth, what a terrific discovery! Whilst preparing this list of resources, I searched Amazon.fr but did not come across a listing for "Assimil l'arménien sans peine." Curiously, subsequent to your post, I conducted a second search and discovered several listings for this course: https://www.amazon.fr/s?k=assimil+l%27arm%C3%A9nien&__mk_fr_FR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&ref=nb_sb_noss. Yup, it really did exist! Although one Amazon Customer evaluated the course as being "complicated and ineffective", the other reviewers were, unsurprisingly for this publisher, quite positive. Now all we need is a campaign to convince Assimil to reissue the course (unlikely to happen). In the meantime, I will amend the list of resources. Merci!
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Re: Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources

Postby Daristani » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:34 pm

Some comments on a couple of the materials cited above:

1) I've got a physical copy of the Assimil "L'Armenien Sans Peine", and so can confirm its existence, even if it's no longer in print . It also has a shadow existence on the internet, as PDFs and the audio have been floating around for a number of years. It deals with the eastern dialect.

2) The original Bardakjian/Thompson Western Armenian textbook cited above is now in the public domain. The original version was published by Caravan Books in 1977 and explicitly states that copyright was claimed until 1987, after which it would be in the public domain. Two places to download the PDF are:

https://vdocuments.mx/a-textbook-of-mod ... enian.html

http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md ... F1F0A050D4

Note that the audio posted by the University of Michigan at the second site listed above by Speakeasy ( https://umich.app.box.com/v/UM-FLACS-Mo ... rnArmenian ) is missing the second CD. (I haven't been able to find the missing portion, and the University contact person didn't respond to me when I asked about this a couple of years ago.)

A somewhat revised and more attractively printed version of the book was published more recently by Bardakjian and Bert Vaux and is available in print-on-demand (at a very reasonable price) from:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/bert-vaux-and- ... 66771.html

I don't think any new audio was produced for this newer version.

3) Another book, which I suspect was never actually published, is listed on Amazon and elsewhere: It's "Eastern Armenian: A Textbook", likewise by Bardakjian and Vaux. I don't think the publisher is in business any longer, and I've never seen a physical copy for sale anywhere. Mysteriously, however, a PDF shows up at https://vdocuments.mx/eastern-armenian-textbook.html
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Re: Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources

Postby Speakeasy » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:18 pm

@Daristani, thank you very much, as always, your elaborations are much appreciated! I have inserted comments in the list of Armenian Resources above.
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Re: Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources

Postby David1917 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:23 pm

There is a brief preview of Buske's Armenian course, for those that can handle German, in this video:

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Re: Armenian (Haieren, Hayeren) Resources

Postby Asfaloth » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:37 pm

Daristani wrote:Some comments on a couple of the materials cited above:
Note that the audio posted by the University of Michigan at the second site listed above by Speakeasy ( https://umich.app.box.com/v/UM-FLACS-Mo ... rnArmenian ) is missing the second CD. (I haven't been able to find the missing portion, and the University contact person didn't respond to me when I asked about this a couple of years ago.)

I asked the same question a few weeks ago, and they told me that as far as they know the second CD does not exist at all, and that the weird numbering was chosen in order to mimic the names of the original audio cassettes when they were digitised (which skipped a few lessons from the book).
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