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Kyuren Lesson #1
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This public article was written by litrobotix, and last updated on 3 May 2020, 03:58. Editing of this article is shared with Kşurne Vaxanz.

[comments] Menu 1. Դա՜սըր ւադատ ատ ճանդարիկի Կշուրնե - Welcome to the Kyuren language course! 2. Սաւալը Ճանդարիկ - Lesson Content 3. Գոտազատ - Pronunciation 4. Գոտզոր - Vocabulary 5. Գոգոտի - Conversations Inspired by the awesome @argyle's Edievian lessons.

[top]Դա՜սըր ւադատ ատ ճանդարիկի Կշուրնե - Welcome to the Kyuren language course!


So you want to learn Kyuren? Well, I can't say I disapprove of your choice. It will prove very useful in your next trip to Southwestern Armenia. I will warn you though, as with most languages, it's not going to be a walk in the park to learn. Here we go, or as you say in Kyuren, Տե՜ջըմօր։

[top]Սաւալը Ճանդարիկ - Lesson Content


In this section you will cover:
- Basic pronunciation
- Greetings (i.e. "hello", "goodbye")
- Politeness (i.e. "please", "thank you")
- Useful phrases (i.e. "do you speak English?", "can you speak more slowly?")
- Basic vocabulary (i.e. "yes", "no")

[top]Գոտազատ - Pronunciation


Kyuren is written in the Armenian alphabet. This will take a bit of time to memorize, but it is the easiest part of the language (which is surprising to some). It is however, phonetic, meaning that words are spelled as they are pronounced (with some exceptions). Armenian has capital and lower case letters, as well as some unique punctuation. Below are all the letters with IPA and the closest approximation in American English, along with the punctuation.

Գոստայ - Vowels
LetterEnglish approximationIPA
Աա
as in father
/a/
Եե
as in may
/e/
Էէ
as in bed
/ɛ/
Ըը
as in again
/ə/
Իի
as in please
/i/
Ոո
as in story
/o/
Ու ու
as in food
/u/
Օօ
as in not
/ɒ/


Բեւօզի - Consonants
LetterEnglish approximationIPA
Բբ
as in big
/b/
Գգ
as in good
/g/
Դդ
as in door
/d/
Զզ
as in zebra
/z/
Ժժ
as in this
/ð̞/
Լլ
as in late
/l/
Խխ
as in loch
/x/
Կկ
as in cat
/k/
Կւ կւ
as in quarter
/kʷ/
Հհ
as in hello
/h/
Ղղ
no English equivalent
/ɣ/
Ճճ
as in she
/ɕ/
Մմ
as in mother
/m/
Յյ
as in young
/j/
Նն
as in night
/n/
Շշ
as in shoot
/ʃ/
Պպ
as in pipe
/p/
Ջջ
as in jeep
/d͡ʑ/
Սս
as in soup
/s/
Վվ
as in vile
/v/
Տտ
as in telephone
/t/
Րր
rolled r
/r/
Ււ
as in west
/w/
Թթ
as in theme
/θ̞/
Ֆֆ
as in fight
/f/


PunctuationEnglish equivalentNotes
։
. (period; full stop)
.
: (colon)
`
; (semicolon)rare
՜
! (exclamation mark)Goes above stressed vowel of emphasized word
՞
? (question mark)Goes above stressed vowel of emphasized word
՛
noneMarks emphasis, required on vocative nouns, goes
above stressed vowel of emphasized word


[top]Գոտզոր - Vocabulary


Շատսեշա / ՇատեHello / Hi
ՏիղազաշGoodbye
Շոկ դասըրGood morning
Շավ դասըրGood night
Ջո՞ ջիզի։How are you?
Հե / ՀեզաYeah / Yes
ՆօNo
Պարոն (Պ-ն)Mister (Mr.)
Տիկին (Տ-ն)Missus (Mrs.)
ՊասըմPlease / You're welcome
ՍպօսըմThank you
Ըն դասըրե, սպօսըմ։I'm good, thank you.
Ու տու՞։And you?
ՆեսոմExcuse me
Բիստ դանդ գոտ, պասըմ։Please talk slower.
Անգլերեն / Կշուրներեն գո՞տի։Do you speak English / Kyuren?


[top]Գոգոտի - Conversations


Here are two sample conversations between fluent speakers of Kyuren or those who are still learning. Try to use the vocabulary section to make sense of the texts. And, if you know a speaker of Kyuren, try to call them and try out your new vocabulary!

Գոգոտ 1: Mr. Meghrian and Mrs. Kordashtian bump into each other on the street. Read the dialogue to find out what happens next:

Պ–ն Մեղրիան. Շատսեշա՜, Տիկին Կորդաշտիան։ Տ-ն Կորդաշտիան. Շոկ դա՜սըր, Պարոն Մեղրիան։ Ջո՞ ջիզի։ Պ–ն Մեղրիան. Ըն դասըրե, սպօսըմ։ Ու տու՞։ Տ-ն Կորդաշտիան. Դասըրե, սպօսըմ։ Տիղազաշ, Տիկին Կորդաշտիան։ Պ–ն Մեղրիան. Տիղազա՜շ։
Գոգոտ 2: Mr. Guzalian has just arrived in Syunik Province, Armenia. He walks up to a policeman, Mr. Shakhamel. Read the dialogue to find out what happens next:
Պ-ն Գուզալիան. Շա՜տե։ Պ-ն Շախամել. Շատսեշա։ Պ-ն Գուզալիան. Սկսկսկսկսկսկսկսկսկսկս։ Պ-ն Շախամել. Բիստ դանդ գոտ, պասըմ։ Պ-ն Գուզալիան. Անգլերեն գո՞տի։ Պ-ն Շախամել. Նօ։ Պ-ն Գուզալիան. Տիղազա՜շ։ Պ-ն Շախամել. Շավ դասըր։


Exercises:

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