You may know how to say “I’m here” by now – an essential line when someone’s waiting on you to start dinner. What if you’re on the phone, letting them know that you’re not there? Time for the negative no, not ոչ voch When you combine ոչ with a verb, the initial sound drops and you instead just combine չ- ch- with the verb. He is not here Հոս չէ hos che Directly translated into English, this would be “here not-is“, conjugated for third person singular. We could be talking about He, she, or it. Are they here? No, they…Keep reading
Interrogative sentences in Western Armenian are pretty similar to their English counterparts. Pronunciation: Do you know the way the end of a sentence swings upward when you ask a question? The way the tone rises? Keep that. You’re going to do exactly that when asking a question in Armenian. Armenian likewise has question words, just like the English what, where, why, etc. It makes as much sense to simply ask, “What?” in conversation for both languages. Similarly, it’s just as easy to slip question words into other sentences such as, “What did you say?”We’ll go over question words at a…Keep reading
It’s time for the all important basic sentence – I am. And let’s not forget some of the other pronouns too! As a note – personal pronouns are not really needed in many sentences, except for emphasis. The verb’s conjugation informs the listener as to which pronoun we’re talking about. Think of the difference between I am եմ em, and I myself am ես եմ yes em. Vocab here հոս hos I am here Հոս եմ: hos em I (myself) am here Ես հոս եմ: yes hos em It is here Հոս է: hos e He/she is here Ան հոս…Keep reading
A classic in nearly every language! To be or … well, we’ll only be going over to be today, and not not. In Western Armenian, the verb tends to go at the end of the sentence. Unlike the English, I am tall, you would say, Tall am, in Armenian. The “I” part is often optional. We’ll get more into sentence examples in later posts. For now, I’m making this chart to help me remember the verbs too.These are the present indicative conjugations of the verb. This means a verb indicating that you are presently doing the thing. In this case,…Keep reading
Armenian doesn’t quite distinguish pronounces based on gender, though I’m sure there’s going to be situations where gender changes the word choice in some way. There isn’t quite a he/she/it distinction for the third person! What follows are the personal pronouns arranged in that oh-so-familiar table: Singular Plural 1st Person Iեսyes Weմենքmenk 2nd Person Youդունtoon Youդուքtook 3rd Person Itան, անիկա, ինք(ը)an, aniga, ink(uh) Theyանոնք, իրենքanonk, irenk Often times, you won’t need the personal pronounces for straightforward sentences. Unlike English, the conjugation of the verb is usually enough to let everyone know who the sentence is about. We’ll cover more examples…Keep reading
Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.