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UAE Armenians: Armenian Grammar Courses in Sharjah
Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007
We have received the following announcement from the Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates:
 
Armenian grammar course for youth and adults
 
We are pleased to inform the public that the National Council has taken decision to establish special courses for teaching Armenian grammar. 
 
The courses will take place according to the following schedule:
Every Monday from 7-8pm and repeated on Fridays 10-11am, in the premises of the Armenian weekly Ohannessian School (see photo on the left side).
 
The courses will commence on Friday 9 July 2007 for a duration of two months.
 
All those who wish to improve their knowledge of the Armenian language are encouraged to register by calling to the office of the Armenian Community Center (telephone 06-5660320), everyday from 8am to 1pm, except Fridays. 
 
The courses are offered free.
 
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Comment 6

With great joy I read the National Council’s (Ազգային Վարչութիւն) circular where it was announced about Armenian language grammar course starting from 9 July 2007. It is with great sorrow that few months later we heard about the unannounced demise of this new born child. I advise my friends and colleagues to look again into the matter, reconsider their decision in this respect, analyze the causes of the failure of their first attempt and take modified and more practical steps to make things happen.
 
As I stated in my article dated 4 July 2007, "I had not entirely lost my hope, but frankly speaking, I was thinking that the YEAR OF THE ARMENIAN LANGUAGE was hardly going to be marked in our community. I am happy that my guess proved to be wrong. Of course the final evaluation will be based on the results that will be achieved from this course."
 
The results achieved are not satisfactory today. But that shouldn't mean much. Remember the famous Armenian song: "Dzidzernage pouyn ge shine" (Ծիծեռնակը բոյն կը շինէ / the swallow builds its nest). It clearly highlights the determination of the Armenian people (symbolized here by the swallow): "Payts an tartsyal pouyn ge shine, yev ge shine yev gerke, amen mi shugh vor gbtsene ir hin pouyne ge hishe..." (Բայց ան դարձեալ բոյն կը շինէ, եւ կը շինէ եւ կ'երգէ, ամէն մի շիւղ որ կպցնէ իր հին բոյնը կը յիշէ. Read the whole poem in Armenian here). Once we lose determination then we lose everything.
 
A year ago, I congratulated the Council, but also WARNED it and the public: "As a word of precaution ... I would like to underline a trait in our national character, according to which we are determined to be loyal to our VALUES. Therefore when we come face to face to new phenomena, especially like the idea of this serious and useful course, we either get excited (instantly) or look into the matter with bemusement and carry on with our normal life."
 
More than one year have passed since the posting of this message and I am still in the view that "... there is a need in this case for marketing efforts in order to spread this idea, something that cannot be achieved solely by sending circulars. There are many ways to attract and invite our sisters and brothers to this beautiful idea and see how it will be materialized." One of the ways is to invite a professional teacher of Armenian language (Հայերէնի ուսուցիչ) for few months with a fee.
 
I believe that media available in this community (e.g. Azad-Hye) will respond positively to this call and provide its share of marketing
 
Awaiting to read the new announcement for the reopening of the grammar lessons.
 
Nishan Basmajian 

Posted by: Nishan Basmajian   on Thursday, September 25, 2008

Comment 5

Hi, everybody.

My name is Lily and I'm from Yerevan. I think I can help you in learning Armenian but first I need some info where the biggest Armenian community is located and I need some phone numbers also.

If there are people who can help me in that I'll be grateful.

With beast wishes,

Lily.


Posted by: Lily   on Friday, January 25, 2008

Comment 4

Dear All

I was wondering if there are courses for children in Dubai to teach the Armenian language, being relatively new to the game of being Daddy, I would like to know, it would be a shame if my son were to grow up not knowing his paternal language merely because no school in Dubai teaches it.

Regards,

Robert A. Matossian


Posted by: Robert A. Matossian   on Thursday, August 09, 2007

Comment 3

  Dear Council,

  As a long term member of the Armenian community I find the adult-teaching-course step very encouraging. The announcement says "Grammar classes", is it for Armenian speakers, non Armenian speakers, who is conducting the classes, etc. some more clarification should be included . Plus there is a certain number of Armenians who don't SPEAK Armenian at all, what about those?

Sincerely, Angele Saba


Posted by: Angele Saba   on Monday, July 09, 2007

Comment 2

Bravo!! For our community varchoutun.

I really appreciate the people who put effort, organizing the Armenian grammar lessons. I hope that our people will know the value of this opportunity, to improve their knowledge in our native language.

I was very proud with a shameful feeling inwardly, when I was reading a book of the Greek philosopher G.I. Gurdjieff, who preferred the Armenian language to any other language even to his native language, for his writings.

I felt proud of our Armenian language, ashamed for I make mistakes “ESVAV / ESVETSAV”, ashamed for the majority of us don’t know the value of this language.

These lessons are important for our community, and it may save an elemental part of our culture, it is a small soldier against the blind globalization which has a great influence at this country.

I’m very optimistic; hope the lessons will succeed and have good results.

Hovig Manjikian


Posted by: Hovig Manjikian   on Thursday, July 05, 2007

Comment 1

With great joy I read the National Council’s circular where it was announced about Armenian language grammar course starting from 9 July 2007.
 
I had not entirely lost my hope, but frankly speaking, I was thinking that the YEAR OF THE ARMENIAN LANGUAGE was hardly going to be marked in our community. I am happy that my guess proved to be wrong. Of course the final evaluation will be based on the results that will be achieved from this course.
 
I congratulate the National Council for this unprecedented step.
 
As a word of precaution (which should not be taken for instructions) I would like to underline a trait in our national character, according to which we are determined to be loyal to our values. Therefore when we come face to face to new phenomena, especially like the idea of this serious and useful course, we either get excited (instantly) or look into the matter with bemusement and carry on with our normal life. I think there is a need in this case for “marketing” efforts in order to spread this idea, something that cannot be achieved solely by sending circulars. There are many ways to attract and invite our sisters and brothers to this beautiful idea and see how it will be materialized. 
 
On the other hand, I do not have any doubts that Azad-Hye, which has not been to this date passive to such events, will respond positively to the call of the National Council and will offer its share of “marketing” in a serious manner.
 
On the occasion of this announcement I would like to congratulate all those who are concerned with the Armenian language and wish them all the best.
 
Nishan Basmajian
 
Armenian Text:

Մեծ ուրախութեամբ  կարդացի  ԱզգՎարչութեան  այսօրուան շրջաբերականը, ուր կը տեղեկացուէր Քերականութեան  դասընթացքի մը ձեռնարկման մասին՝ 9 Յուլիս 2007-էն սկսեալ:

Յոյսս բոլորովին կտրած չէի բայց, անկեղծ ասած, կը կարծէի թէ Հայ Լեզուի Տարին   անշուք պիտի անցնէր մեր գաղութին մէջ: Ուրախ եմ որ նախատեսածս սխալ դուրս եկաւ: Անշուշտ վերջին գնահատականը ձեռնարկին արդիւնքէն է կախուած:

Ազգային Վարչութիւն, կը շնորհաւորեմ ձեզ այս աննախընթաց ձեռնարկին համար:

Զգուշացման կարգով ըսեմ, (սորվեցնել չհամարուի...) որ ընդունուած իրականութիւն է, թէ որպէս ժողովուրդ մեր ազգային նկարագրին չենք դաւաճաներ,հետևաբար,երբ դէմ յանդիման գանք երևոյթներու  կա'մ շատ կը խանդավառուինք (և շուտ...) և կամ քմծիծաղով կը նայինք ու կ'անցնինք, մանաւանդ այսպիսի գեղեցիկ ու  լուրջ երևոյթներու: Կը կարծեմ ,թէ ''Մարքէթինկ'' է պէտք այս գաղափարին տարածման, իսկ այդ մէկը շրջաբերականներով միայն չըլլար, կարելի է բազում այլ միջոցներով հրապուրել և հրաւիրել մեր եղբայրներն ու քոյրերը մասնակցելու այս գեղեցիկ գաղափարը իրականացած տեսնելու գործընթացին:

Միւս կողմէ, կասկած չունիմ ,որ ''Ազատ Հայ''ը , որուն մօտ մինչև օրս  կրաւորական  կեցուածք չեմ տեսած, պիտի դրական արձագանգէ Վարչութեան յայտարարութեան և ''մարքէթինկ''ի իր բաժինը կատարէ ''Ազատ Հայ'' ի վայել լրջութեամբ:

Այս յայտարարութեան առթիւ  հայ լեզուով տագնապող բոլոր հայորդիներուն պիտի ըսեմ՝''Ձեր Աչքը Լոյս'':

Նշան Պասմաճեան


Posted by: Nishan Basmajian   on Wednesday, July 04, 2007



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