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  • Turkish

    5 20.83%
  • Persian (Farsi)

    8 33.33%
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    3 12.50%
  • Greek

    2 8.33%
  • Romanian

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    What language does Armenian sound like?

    http://vocaroo.com/i/s1HaoDTy1Jhk
    Here I am speaking Armenian.

    What languages does it sound like?

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    What area of the world does Armenian sound like it comes from?

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    In the first a few second, it sounds like combination of Arabic & Russian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boreas View Post
    In the first a few second, it sounds like combination of Arabic & Russian
    Interesting...
    I think Russian and Arabic are very different from Armenian.
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    I thought pronunciation was like cross of Arabic and Turkish.
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    it sounds strange. you can't compare it to any language.

    armenian sounds like... 'armenian'?

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    So far I have been told our language sounds a lot like Georgian. I think this is fair, though Georgian and Armenian have nothing in common in origin, we share virtually all phonemes, so the pronunciation is similar. I am curious what Armenian sound like to the rest of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeBrok View Post
    I thought pronunciation was like cross of Arabic and Turkish.
    To be honest to me it always sounded like a mix of Georgian with some Indo_Aryan language. Especially the abrupt endig sounds/words.

    I don't feel anything Arabic about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    To be honest to me it always sounded like a mix of Georgian with some Indo_Aryan language. Especially the abrupt endig sounds/words.

    I don't feel anything Arabic about it.
    Not knowing these languages completely I can only judge by general melody and standing out features of pronunciation. For that reason Georgian sound to me more like slavic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeBrok View Post
    Not knowing these languages completely I can only judge by general melody and standing out features of pronunciation. For that reason Georgian sound to me more like slavic.
    Yes Georgian does sound more like Slavic. I don't think Armenian sounds exactly like Georgian thats why I wrote it sounds like a mix of Georgian and Indo_Aryan.

    Armenian has an unique sound.

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    Georgian, but it definitely has some Persian and Turkish influences.

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    Arabic.

    You must renew the language by removing pre-IE, caucasian
    and arabic words replacing them by european words

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rethel View Post
    Arabic.

    You must renew the language by removing pre-IE, caucasian
    and arabic words replacing them by european words
    You clearly have no idea what Arabic sounds like.

    "European words" just lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rethel View Post
    Arabic.

    You must renew the language by removing pre-IE, caucasian
    and arabic words replacing them by european words


    Sir Rethel, you clearly don't know what Arabic sounds like. Arabic is a Southern Semitic language, it comes from the Arabian peninsula. Armenian comes from the Armenian highlands: from Caucasus and East Anatolia.

    What words would you use to describe the sound of the language?

    soft or hard
    fluent (flows easily) or abrupt (has abrupt stops)
    vibrant or plain
    poetic or prose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boreas View Post
    In the first a few second, it sounds like combination of Arabic & Russian
    Interesting,

    Thanks for your opinion, I was curious what Turks thought about our language, but both of the languages you listed are light years away from Armenian, the way I see it.

    Arabic is a Southern Semitic language and stems from the Arabian peninsula, while Armenian comes from the Armenian highlands: East Anatolia, Caucasus, Northern Mesopotamia, and is an independent branch of the Indoeuropean language family.

    Arabic has throat sounds like 'q' and 'ayin', that Indoeuropean languages, like Armenian, lack. Arabic also has glottal stops, which sound like interruptions in speech. These stops are symbolized by the letter 'alif'.

    To me, Russian sounds incredibly different from Armenian. To Russians, our language sounds "ethnic".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petros Agapetos View Post
    Interesting,

    Thanks for your opinion, I was curious what Turks thought about our language, but both of the languages you listed are light years away from Armenian, the way I see it.

    Arabic is a Southern Semitic language and stems from the Arabian peninsula, while Armenian comes from the Armenian highlands: East Anatolia, Caucasus, Northern Mesopotamia, and is an independent branch of the Indoeuropean language family.

    Arabic has throat sounds like 'q' and 'ayin', that Indoeuropean languages, like Armenian, lack. Arabic also has glottal stops, which sound like interruptions in speech. These stops are symbolized by the letter 'alif'.

    To me, Russian sounds incredibly different from Armenian. To Russians, our language sounds "ethnic".
    You are right about throats sounds. However according to me, Turkish is more different then Armenian but people think that Turkish influence. It is first impression.

    Maybe you can give advise me songs like that


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    I think strange that almost nobody found that it sound like Sanskrit, actually i think it sounds like a mix of semitic and indo-iranian languages.

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    In my opinion it sound like Indo-Iranian language or rather the most close to it,the Hindu speakers however use to much *r,when i was listening to them especially if they talk fast or argue among themselves all i was listening is rrrrr,rrrrr,rrrr,that's first thing i noticed,even in sanskrit i believe the PIE *L merged with *R.

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    I was thinking to armenian all this, night how in my ears it really sounds so much like indo-iranian, and semitic, also indo-iranian sound something very " south ". I remember have listen a whole hittite text, and i had exactly the same feeling, with a lot of french R instead of rolling R like many indo-european even indo-iranian languages. Maybe, its not about the whole yamna culture, or R1b / R1a... And if, yamna was, dependent by two cultural center, one in the west Dereivka and one in the south-east, Maykop. Maybe that those two culture, are the source of Centum language for Dereivka and Satem language for Maykop. Maybe the R1b / R1a - Centum / Satem split is take the problem upside down. Maybe the relation with people and linguistic is more complicated that it can be.

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    Or even, Dereivka was the R1a center who breed with some kind of south middle eastern neolithic language, and Maykop was the R1b center, and that in movement Maykop fellow replace in ukraine R1a people to Poland and Lituania... But all this suppose that proto-indo-european was a long range lingua franca, thing that revolt a lot of historians or linguists. Thats the same reason, that R1b could not diffuse by transcaucasia, because it goes with the supposition than pre-proto-indo-european was a lingua franca in all anatolia, transcaucasia and norther iran.

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