Hello! I am Gohar Martirosyan, the founder and CEO of Learn Armenian Online project. With this post I am starting a series of publications that will unfold the process of creation and development of our project.
I am really excited about making "Learn Armenian Online" grow into something great and I want to document this process so that as years pass we will be able to follow the path of our development and fully assess where we have started from and where we have reached.
Let me start with a couple of words about myself. I am a graduate of Yerevan State University, faculty of International Relations and have almost 15 years’ experience in working as a TV journalist and interpreter (languages – English, Russian, Armenian). Throughout these years I’ve been an international correspondent visiting many foreign countries and having contacts with the Armenian communities there.
Armenian Diaspora and the Armenian Language
As a result of those contacts I’ve realized that there is a huge problem in Armenian communities all over the world. The level of knowledge of Armenian language is declining among the younger generation of Diaspora Armenians. I’ve realized how hard it is to preserve your Armenian identity by living in a foreign country. Armenian schools and teachers are not always available at the place where you live or attending them may seem not very reasonable.
The demand is there
However I’ve noticed a huge demand and desire to learn their mother tongue among Armenians living abroad. Moreover, many Diaspora Armenians are now doing business in or with their Motherland, or considering more frequent visits and even repatriation. Thus, a good command of Armenian language is necessary for successful contacts and work in this direction.
Learn Armenian Online
Analyzing all these facts I have founded a project aimed at teaching Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian online. The participation in the project gives people the essential basic knowledge they may need to read, write and communicate in Armenian successfully. The major focus of the course is on teaching our students to SPEAK and COMMUNICATE their ideas in Armenian both in oral and written forms.
The advantages of an online course
In the process of developing the project I have examined the modern methods of online language teaching and the resources that are used by the tutors all over the world. Modern technologies truly allow to compensate the lack of face-to-face contact with the tutor, so this course has some additional advantages. Students don’t have to travel to their tutor, miss lessons when they are away or on a vacation. As a result of all the mentioned reasons the cost of the online course is also much lower. Besides, our students get the advantage of a one-to-one learning that is considered the most effective way of instruction but often the most expensive too.
More details about the course
The main emphasis of the course is the development of speaking and understanding skills along with reading and writing ones. This will be done through communication with a native speaker, listening to recordings, watching videos in Armenian, memorizing and repeating texts, dialogs etc. The method is completely interactive so the process of learning is both fun and useful. So, all you need to do is to register and provide us with your diligence. We from our part guaranty an individual approach to every student as well as a highly effective and interesting learning process. The course is focused not only on providing you with language skills but also with necessary information about Armenia. While learning the language you will also obtain an important knowledge about Armenian history, culture and traditions. We will help you immerse into the atmosphere of the country.
How to register
You simply need to fill in the registration form or write us an e-mail. We will contact you and set a time for a free consultation to assess your needs and set up a learning plan.
Skype ID: learnarmenianonline
PS And I want to be honest as usual, we need support very much! We need the support of our friends and their friends and all those people who would like to give a start in life to a worthy project. The information about us should be spread over so that those who need us can find it. Anyone who would consider that necessary can help us in that. Please, like and share this story forward if you like the idea of the project and wish us success! Thank you!
Founder and CEO of the Learn Armenian Online project