Our bi-weekly in-office classes are custom designed to help you with your everyday interactions with locals, your host family, and other volunteers.
The Armenian language is an ancient, unique language that has given rise to divine manuscripts, poetry and song.
For diasporan youth from across the globe, from fluent speakers wanting to dig deeper into the literature, to beginners ready to take on the challenge, at Birthright Armenia, we make the connection.
Our in-office language classes are custom designed to help and encourage volunteers from all backgrounds improve their Armenian language skills in a significant way.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The language classes are NOT mandatory but we offer them to help volunteers achieve basic conversational proficiency, a requirement for the travel reimbursement. A person with basic conversational proficiency is described as the following:
- Able to understand basic questions and speech, conversations in daily life occurrences;
- Has a vocabulary large enough to communicate the basic needs, simple stories and daily experiences with an accent that is understandable to native speakers.
No. While being able to speak Armenian is certainly a plus, it is not a requirement for participation.
We have classes every Tuesday and Thursday, 2 hours per day, for a total of 4 hours per week.
Yes. The language classes are organized specifically for our participants, and free of charge.
Our language classes are held at the Birthright Armenia Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor offices depending on where you are volunteering.
Yes, we have language classes in all outside of Yerevan locations, where we have an official program running.
Yes, we have specially designed classes for volunteers, who speak Armenia, and want to concentrate on reading and writing.
Yes, there is. It is a specially designed book for those who are just starting Armenian courses. It was written by one of our teachers!
Typically the classes will consist of 2 to 5 volunteers of similar language skills. On rare occasions volunteers will have one-on-one classes.
Yes! Birthright Armenia is running a week-long, intensive language course quarterly. If you have a flexible schedule and a strong desire to learn the language, you can plan your arrival within 4 (exactly 4!) days prior to quarterly intensive language course running in the first week of March, June, September, or November. Classes run Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with an hour-long lunch break and two 10-minute breaks. The intensive language course is reserved for absolute beginners and is limited to a class size of five students each quarter. Enrolling in the course would not require a longer stay, as the course counts toward your volunteering hours.
If interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the intensive language training.