Eternal Alphabet: U [hiwn] - ՈՒ (հիւն)

One of the principles of the Armenian alphabet is that one sound corresponds to each letter. Only letter Ու (u) is an exception. This letter is a combination of two letters – Ո (vo) and Ի (vyun).

09/01/2016, 19:05

Eternal Alphabet: Ts (c‘o) - Ց (ցօ)

According to armenologist Edward Aghayan, while creating letter Ց Mashtots did not use any prototype, while Hrachya Acharyan was of the opinion that the author of the Armenian alphabet derived it from the Armenian letter Ծ [ts].

09/01/2016, 19:04

Eternal Alphabet: R (rē)- Ր (րէ)

The Armenian language most often uses only three words beginning with letter Ր, and all of them are loanwords. In 1615-page Explanatory Dictionary of Modern Armenian Language by Edward Aghayan, which contains 135 000 words, the words beginning with Ր occupy less than half a page.

09/01/2016, 19:04

Eternal Alphabet: T (tiwn) - Տ (տիւն)

The graphic form of letter Տ is believed to be derived from an Iranian prototype. In ancient times, letter “tyun” had the form , similar to the modern Armenian Մ [m], but differing from it in the short left column.

09/01/2016, 19:03

Eternal Alphabet: V (vew) - Վ (վեւ)

The name of the letter – “vev” – apparently originates in the name of its analog in the Semitic alphabets – “vav”. In 1922, letter Ւ was excluded from the alphabet, and instead of it they began to write Վ: vev was the winner.

09/01/2016, 19:02

Eternal Alphabet: S (sē) -Ս (սէ)

Letter U, as well as the combination Uբ. are the abbreviations of the word Սուրբ ([surb] – Saint). This abbreviation is placed before the names of the Armenian saints and in the names of the Armenian churches:

09/01/2016, 19:02

Eternal Alphabet: J (ǰē) - Ջ (ջէ)

Talking about the issue of similar letters, in particular Ջ and Զ, scholar Ruben Taroumyan wrote: “We must make sure that letters with a similar shape (Ջ and Զ, շ and չ, etc.) are sufficiently different from each other.

09/01/2016, 19:00

Eternal Alphabet: R (ṙa) - Ռ (ռա)

This letter signifies the beginning of the thousands’ row: after it, the value of each letter successively increased by one thousand. It is interesting that while the Armenian Ռ opens the row of thousands, the Latin R is less lucky.

09/01/2016, 19:00

Eternal Alphabet: P (pē) - Պ (պէ)

There are very few originally Armenian words that begin with this letter: Պ in them originates in the Indo-European [b], which was rarely used in the initial position of the parent language.

09/01/2016, 18:28

Eternal Alphabet: Ch (č‘a) - Չ (չա)

Andrey Bitov, a writer who traveled in Armenia, has mentioned in his book “Lessons of Armenia”: “I do not know why, but everywhere – on the streets, in shops and buses – I hear the word “che” more often than the word "ayo" (yes ). Che, che, che”...

09/01/2016, 18:16