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Armenian belongs to the Indo-European language family, and is used by the Armenian people. The official language of Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh is Eastern Armenian. Western Armenian is mostly used in Turkey and the Armenian diaspora.

Eighteen percent of the Armenian community in Turkey speaks Armenian. This percentage is lower among younger people, of whom only 8 percent speaks Armenian. UNESCO’s “Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger” designated Western Armenian as “definitely endangered”.

Armenian has an official status as a minority language in Cyprus, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

The Armenian literary language started to develop in the 19th century, and thus the difference between the Eastern Armenian (Yerevan) and Western Armenian (Istanbul) dialects began to become apparent. Armenian, which was regarded a dialect of Persian at that time, was later considered to be an original Indo-European language. Today, classical Armenian, Krapar, in which the oldest works were written, can only be understood by some religious scholars.

According to Bill Bryson, only 23% of the words in Armenian are of native origin. There are many Armenian originated words in Turkish.

Mirora has many years of cooperation with companies in Armenia and Istanbul. Thus, Mirora offers high-quality, fast and reliable translation services in Western and Eastern Armenian (two dialects of Armenian) from and to all languages worldwide with competitive prices, by our professional translation teams, especially by using English as a bridge language.

Armenian Alphabet

In 405 A.D., St. Mesrop Mashtots, after examining some manuscripts in foreign languages, laid out Armenian letters and invented the Armenian alphabet. With this development, the literary activity increased considerably, and the Golden Age of Armenian literature began.