is the language used by the 8-9 millionArmeniansin
the Republic ofArmeniaand
the world-wide Armenian Diaspora.
on etymological characteristics, Armenian is
considered to be mainly an offshoot of the
Indo-Hittite group of languages and is
classified as an independent branch within the
With its 38 letters, the Armenian alphabet is
one of the richest in the world.
It is composed of 7 vowels and 31 consonants.
Two additional digraphs bring the total sounds
of the language to 40.
Transliteration of Armenian names and the
Armenian language texts follows Western
Armenian pronunciation and orthographic