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Nov 13 2006

Armenian Basic Words and Numbers

Greetings & Civilities

hello (informal)
hello (formal)
what’s up?
how are you? (informal)
how are you? (formal)
very well
not bad

good morning
good evening
goodbye
good night
good night (response)
please
thank you
you’re welcome
pardon/excuse me

congratulations

cheers

barev
barev dzez
inch ka chika?
vonts es?
vonts ek?

shat lav
vochinch
bari luis
bari yereko
ts’tesutyun
bari gisher
luis bari (response)
kh’ntrem
sh’norhakal em/merci

charjhe
k’ nerek
sh’norhavor lini

kenats’t

Getting Around

how many km?
bus station

airport
car
here / there
left
right

straight

kani kilomet’r e?

avtobusi kayaran
otanavakayan
mekena / inknasharjh
estegh / endegh
dzakh
ach

ughigh

Around Town

where is (the) …
  bank
  hotel
  market
  Manukian Street
  church

  monastery
  museum
  passport and visa office
  pharmacy
  police
  post office

  restaurant

vortegh e …?
  bank
  hyuranots
  shuka

  Manukian Poghots
  yekeghetsi
  vank
  tangaran
  OVIR
  deghatun

  vostikan
  post

  restaurant / jasharan

Countries
Below, American would mean a person from America.  If you wanted to say a product or idea is American, just add a “akan” at the end of the name of the country. It usually works right.

America/American
Germany/German
England/English
France/French
Canada/Canadian
California/Californian
Russia/Russian
Lebanon/Lebanese
Greece/Greek

Israel/Israeli
Persia/Persian
India/Indian
China/Chinese
Australia/Australian
Georgia/Georgian

Azerbaijan/Azeri

Amerika/Amerikatsi
Germanya/Germanatsi
Anglia/Angliatsi
Fransia/Fransiatsi
Kanada/Kanadatsi
Kalifornia/Kaliforniatsi
Rusastan/Rus
Libanan/Libanantsi
Hunastan/Huin

Israel/H’rea
Parskastan/Parsik
H’ndkastan/H’ndik
Chinastan/Chinatsi
Avstralia/Avstraliatsi
V’rastan/V’ratsi

Azerbaijan/Azeri

Note:
Hayastan means Armenia
Hay mean Armenian (Person)
Haykakan mean Armenian (Non-Person)
Hayastantsi means Armenian from Armenia
Spiurka-Hay means Diasporan Armenian

Odar means non-Armenian

Animals

bird
cat
chicken
cow
dog
lamb

mouse

pig

t’rchun
katu
hav
kov
shun

vochkhar
muk

khoz

Foods

apricot
bbq
bread

cheese
coffee
cucumber
grape
milk
orange
sugar
tea
tomato

watermelon

dziran
khorovadz
hatz
panir
surj
varung

khaghogh
shuka
kat
narinj
shakar
tey
lolik

dz’meruk

Small Talk

what is your name?
my name is …
where are you from?
do you speak …?
i speak …
i understand
i don’t understand

what does this mean?
i want an interpreter
i like …
i don’t like …
yes
no
no problem

i am sick

anun’t inch e?
anun’s … e
vorteghits es?
khosum es …?
khosumem …
haskanum em
chem haskanum
inch e sa n’shanakum?

tarkmanich em uzum
sirum em
chem sirum
ayo / ha
che / voch
problem chika

hivand em

Accomodation

do you have … ?
a room
a shower
hot water
a toilet
toilet paper
soap

air-conditioning
electricity

heat

unek … ?
senyak
logaran
tak jur

zukaran
zukarani tukht
ojar
odapokhich
luis

jerutsich

Shopping

how much?
how many?
how much money?
money
big
small
bad
good
cheap/expensive

cheaper
lowest price
closed
open

to buy

inchkan?
kani?

inch arjhe?
pogh / dram
medz
pok’r
vat
lav
ejhan / tank
aveli ejhan
verchin din

pak
bats

g’nel

Numbers

Just string the words for a bigger number.
122 = haryur k’san yerku

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

9
1000


zero
mek
yerku
yerek
chors

hing
vets
yot
ut
in’
hazar

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10
20

30
40
50
60
70
80
90

100

tas
k’san
yeresun
karasun
hisun
vatsun
yotanasun
utanausn

inisun

haryur

million, billion, etc milion, miliard      

Days of the Week

sunday
monday
tuesday
wednesday
thursday

friday
saturday

weekend

kiraki
yerkushapti
yerekshapti
chorekshapti

hingshapti
urpat
shapat

shapataverch

Months

january
february

march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november

december

hunvar
pet’rvar
mart
april
mayis
hunis

hulis
ogostos
september
hoktember
noyember

dektemper

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About the author

Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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  1. inchkachka

    Nice work :)

    You know, usually people say “shnorhakalutsyun” (thanks) and not “shnorhakal em”. Also, I’ve never actually heard anyone say lolik… didn’t even know that word. Everyone in Yerevan says “pamidor” which I guess may be imported from Russian.

    Apricot is tsiran in most of Armenia, but dziran western Armenian (as spoke in most of the diaspora for example).

    Also, another good word to know is “despanatun” = embassy.

  2. Timothy Haroutunian

    I am not fluent in Armenian so I do not know all of the little nuances of the language, but I am trying to learn. Thank You for your letting me know.

  3. Carol Armendariz

    Thank you for the basic words and numbers I’m Hispanic ,but My daughter is Half Armenian so I have to teach her the Armenia lenguage.

  4. Carol Armendariz

    Thank you for the basic words and the numbers I’m Hispanic, but my daughter is half Armenian so I have to teach her the Armenian lenguage

  5. Sarah

    Sorry to correct you, but Israel is not all Jews. I of every 5 Israeli’s are Muslim. Is there a better translation, then Israel/Jews?

  6. Timothy Haroutunian

    Thank you for pointing that out to me. I have changed it to Israel/Israeli to be more politically correct (I think). I apologize if I have offended you or anyone else, that was not my intention. Please let me know if other items are wrong

  7. susanna

    thank you very much this is a cool website i’m half armenian i speak russian and american and have trouble comunicate with my cuzin but i’m learning,

    ; )

  8. Brahte

    Thanks for your information
    I was searching the meanig of “lolik” actually and found this site
    I am from Turkey, Istanbul
    My grandmother was from the Eastern Anatolia
    For feasts she was preparing a speacial meal named as “lolik” something like meatballs in the tomato soup
    It’s strange that I couldn’t find any other meaning of it :)
    Maybe I do not know my roots well..

  9. Cathy

    How do you say girls (plural)? I don’t speak the language but want to learn more about it.

    Armenian girls?

    Aghtchig?

  10. christopher

    Dear Sarah:

    Here are the distinctions you are looking for, and a bi tmore:

    Israel= Israyel; Israeli=Israyelatsi for both men/women; the adjective is Israyelagan
    Jew=Huh-riya for a man, Huh-reh-houhi for a woman; and Jewish is Huh-ri-ya-gan
    Hebrew the language= Yep-ra-yet-se-ren

    A Palestinian=Palestiniatsi, who speaks Araperen and is technically an “Israyelarap” or Israeli Arab.

  11. mercedes

    my boyfriend ive been dating for 3 years is armenian from yerevan i’ve been learning the language and history i love it! is there any more websites or information on basic armenian that would help me?

  12. amalio

    what does kezie mean

  13. susan

    how do you say lover in armenian
    also the word promise in armenain
    and the word dog is – shun?

  14. lupi

    HI IM HISPANIC I BEEN DATING MY BOYFRIEND, THAT HE IS ARMENIAN IM SO IN LOVE WITH HIM, BUT I THINK ARMENIAN LANGUAGE IS SO HARD I NEED HELP PLEASE .

  15. Nazani Harutuin

    hi im Nazani, Im Armenian but my Grandparents Left Echmiadzin to go to america… I’ve been Learning armenian and i know the basic words but im trying more advanced words now… well anyways What is the Armenian Word for Queen,Prince,Princess,Soldier, and General?

  16. jack damien

    i can teach u armenian send me an email ninjaloaded33@aol.com and any other help u need as i speak up to 33 languages.

  17. nellie

    what does shad, sirogh, hokiss mean?

  18. Beth

    thank you so much for this!

  19. Beth

    hokiss means heart, a tender word.

  20. Rebecca

    Hi, I’m one quarter Armenian and my mother taught me to count like this: Meg, Yergook, Yereck, Chorsh, Hing Vetz, Yowtah, Oona Eena, Dorsh… can you explain the variation, does she just have it wrong?

    I know we pronounced the word for House “Doon” not “Toon” as other Armenians I know… my family came from Husenig; is there dialect variation?

    Thanks!
    Rebecca
    great granddaughter of Hagop

  21. Nancy Gertmenian Souza

    A grandchild is on the way! what is the Armenian name for Grandmother and Grandfather?

  22. Sara

    Does anyone know how to say sister in Armenian? Thanks!

  23. Tadaak Hovespian

    This is a good way 2 learn some basic armenian words. If you want to learn some easy armenian words, this is the place to go to.

  24. chloe

    hya u shoud put sentis aswell for kids oing home work !

  25. dickhead

    hey thanks and fuck you chloe

  26. dickhead

    fuck you hairy armenians

  27. fuck armenia fan

    fuck armenians theyre white and hairy and they look like horrific monkeys with witch noses

  28. JJ

    to dickhead and F.A.F….hahaha u uneducated twits :) What a generalisation. You’ve got no idea Ha ha i pity you

  29. JJ

    amalio “keze” means “you”

  30. Alexandra Jingozian

    Tim Haroutunian, are you related to Ruth Haroutunian from Boston? She’s my great aunt .

  31. beckie (morradian) belanger

    what is the Armenian word for Grandmother and Grandfather.

  32. amazing Tom

    my name is Tom & my girlfriend is 100% armenian. She is awesome & amazing. TURKEY SUCKS ASS!

  33. Sona

    sister – kuyrik
    grandpa- papik
    grandma- tatik
    grandchild-torr (roll the r)
    lover- sirats
    I promise you- ghostanum em kez
    dog- shun
    cat- catu
    girls- axghchikner
    girl- axghchik
    boy- tgha
    boys- tgherk
    There are different dialects of armenian:
    Hayastantsi: Ara! Vonts es! = Hey/Dude! Whats up! (im this one)
    Beirutsi: Inch gelnas gor? = Whats happening?
    Parskahay: Barrrrrrev! Mamen, papen lav en? = Hiiiii! Are your mom and dad good?

  34. Princess.

    Hey, i am really interested in the language and have learnt all the alphabets,numbers and basic armenian. but id like to know how to speak the language fluently and im really eager so how can i get help?

  35. Larry Henry

    Greetings

    May I have the Armenian spelling for the following:

    Wife

    Woman

    Lady

    Beauty

    Sweetheart

    Girl

    Life

    Larry Henry

  36. Carbo

    This is nice but you should write the armenian words in armenian alphabet too, because people who wants to learn the language, has to learn the alphabet too, then it would be very useful. However, a lot of thanks!

  37. kathy

    what does boghoo mean

  38. Paula

    There are definitely different dialects between western and eastern Armenian. I am 100%, born in the USA and spoke Armenian before English. My grandparents are from Etchmia and Chungoos. My son doesn’t speak Armenian but is in Yerevan now and learning a different dialect. Where I would have a g sound he will have a g, k, or t sound. Where I would have a p sound (pari loos) he has a b sound.. I have an a sound at the end of words that he doesn’t (yota, uta, ina, dasa….) It’s a tough language to learn but I give you all credit for trying – don’t be discouraged!

  39. Jorge Ballivian

    I’ve read that Armenian last names are related to where you come from or what was your family trade or some distinctive…anyone that speaks the language might be able to help me with my last name?
    Could be that BALLIV means something in Armenian or BALLI? Thank you for any help. JORGE

  40. Mareta Vapuryan

    no Jorge BALLIV doesn’t mean anything im sure cuz i speak Armenian perfect

  41. Lara

    Most of this is actual talk from Armenia, most armenians dont really talk like this, I dont actually talk like this but most of it is right and im 100% amernian..but this is pretty good

  42. Maria

    Hello, I was wondering how you would write the date in Armenian . In English we can abbreviate the date such as October 29, 2011 by writing 10/29/11 or 10.29.11 . Is there a proper way of abbreviating this date in Armenian? I would like to use my wedding date for something but I would like to have it in Armenian . Our date is 10-29-11. Thanks for your help!
    Maria

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