Meet… Artyom from Armenia
Name: Artyom Barseghyan
Hometown: Yerevan (Armenia’s capital)
Languages spoken: Armenian, Russian and some English
Family: Mother, father, brother, grandmother and grandfather
Parents’ work: Artyom’s mother works as a chemist, and his father is an accountant.
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite subject in school: Math
Favorite activities: Playing the piano, singing and playing tennis
What do you want kids in the U.S. to know about life in Armenia? “I want kids in the U.S. to know about Armenian culture and music.”
ARMENIA AT A GLANCE
Location: Southwestern Asia, east of Turkey
People: Armenian 97.9%, Yezidi (Kurd) 1.3%, Russian 0.5%, other 0.3%
Languages: Armenian 97.7%, Yezidi 1%, Russian 0.9%, other 0.4%
Political Structure: Armenia is a republic. It gained its independence from the Soviet Union on September 21, 1991.
History: Armenians settled at the foot of Mt. Ararat in the 6th century B.C.E. At its peak, the Armenian empire reached from the Mediterranean to the Caspian Seas. From 1915-1923, Armenians were subjected to genocide by the Ottoman Empire but survived to found the Armenian Republic from 1918-1921. Armenia then became part of the Soviet Union until 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Learn a Little Armenian!
Jamuh kani eh: What time is it?
Pari louys: Good morning
Profile interview by Zoya Stepanyan;
“Armenia at a Glance ”and “Learn a Little Armenian” by Sossi Essajanian