Armenian is spoken only in Armenia, so when planning a trip, it is a good idea to know some of the essential Armenian phrases.
That way, you can interact with locals who might not speak English, or you can simply impress them with your knowledge.
Here we will teach you:
- How to say Hello! and Goodbye in Armenian!
- To say please and thank you in Armenian!
- How to say yes and no in Armenian!
- How to ask How are you in Armenian!
- How do you say “My name is …” in Armenian?
- What does “I don’t speak Armenian” mean?
- Learn to count to ten in Armenian.
If you have ever been to Italy, then you are somewhat prepared for your trip to Armenia.
People frequently compare Armenians to Italians for we have been living among the mountains, we are loud and we are expressive (you know, talk with the hands and all that magic).
So, most probably, even if we know no single word in your language, if you let us know what you need, we WILL find a way to explain how you can get it.
And we just love to hear how you try your best to say words in our language that we call Voskeghenik (meaning ‘written in gold’).
You will earn your respect just by trying and we will do everything we can to make you happy.
Comprehensive List of Must-Know Armenian Phrases
- Hi/Hello – Bar’ev
- Do you speak English? – Angler’en kho’sumeq
- Can I have …? – Indz kbe’req…
- Can you take me to …? Indz kta’neq…
- How much does it cost? Inch’qan eh…
- I need…- Indz petq eh…
- How can I get to…- Inch’pes has’nem…
- Thank you – mer’si OR shnorakaloot’yoon (the second one will give you more points among the locals)
- Excuse me – Kne’req
- Numbers 1-10 (1 – mek, 2 – yer’ku, 3 – ye’req, 4 – chors, 5 – hingue, 6 – vets, 7 – yot, 8 – oot, 9 – ‘inneh, 10 – tas)
- Please – Khnt’roomem
- Where is the restroom? – Vor’tegh eh zooqa’raneh
- Water – jhur
- I don’t understand – Chem haska’noum
- Please call a doctor – b’zhishk kkan’cheq
- How are you? – Inch’pes eq
- I’m well – Lav
- Good – Lav
- Do you have a map? – Qar’tez oo’neq
- What time do you open/close? – Yerp eq bats’voom/pak’voom
- Do you have local? – Tegha’kan oo’neq
- Wine – Gi’ni
- Where is the bus stop? – Vor’tegh eh kan’gareh
- Where can I find a supermarket? – Vortegh eh sooper’marketeh
- Where can I find a bank? – Vor’tegh eh ‘bankeh
- Right, Left, Straight – Atch, Dzakh, Oo’ghigh
- How far is it to…? – Inch’qan he’roo eh…
- At the intersection of – Khatchmeroo’kin
- A table for two/ three/four people – Se’ghan yer’koo/ye’req/chors ho’qoo ha’mar,
- Can I reserve…- Ka’rogh em re’zerv a’nel se’ghan
- Time – Zhama’nak
- May I see the menu? – Men’yun kbe’req
- Can I see the dessert menu? – Deser’ti men’yun kbe’req
- May I have the bill? – Ha’shiveh kbe’req
- I have lost my passport – Pas’portehs kortse’relem
- Can you help me? – Indz koq’neq
- Speak slowly please – Dan’dagh ka’seq
- Repeat, please – Keh krkneq
- Is it far/close? – He’roo eh/mo’tik eh?
- Can I pay with credit card? – Qar’tov vtcha’rem
- Can I get drams? (at exchange) – Dram ktaq
- I don’t speak Armenian – haye’ren chem kho’soom
- I don’t speak Russian – ruse’ren chem kho’soom
- How to get to the center? –inch’pes has’nem kent’ron
- It’s very tasty – shat ha’megh e
- The weather is fine – Egha’nake lavn eh
- I will be happy to see you again –Oo’rakh kli’nem tes’nel dzez no’rits
- Happy birthday – Tsnoondt shnorha’vor
- I want to have a haircut –Oo’zoom em ma’zers ktrel
- Little (few) –kich, much (many) –shat
- My name is … – Anun’s … e
- Yes – Ayo
- No – Voch
Armenians Speak in Notions
Some of the things we say would shock you if you understood the literal meaning of the words but trust me, we say it because we care. If you get to stay here a bit longer, you are sure to hear the following phrases…If you do, know that you are special.
- Akh’pehres (literal meaning – my brother) – sign of respect and trust
- ‘Tsavt ta’nem (literal meaning – I take your pain) – sign of brotherly friendship
- Ho’qoot mer’nem (literal meaning – I die on your soul) – sign of deep brotherly love
- Jan (combined with your or anyone else’s name) – sign of affection and respect.
Here’s some good news for you, mostly all restaurants, hotels and any other venue that caters to travelers will have English-speaking staff. Usually, they are good enough for you to leave satisfied. In the end, you can simply say “shnorakaloo’tyoon” and it will put a smile on our faces!