Armenian Community In Uzbekistan "Loses" Native Tongue


September 20, 2011 – 09:23 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – About 75 000 Armenians live in Uzbekistan, of whom
30 000 reside in the capital, Tashkent. The Armenian community is
engaged in cultural and public life of the country.

However, the community faces a range of problems, including
preservation of the Armenian language, according to Sergey Andriasov,
head of Armenian community in Uzbekistan.

As he told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter, “Despite provision of Armenian
language textbooks, the problem is pressing,” he said, adding that
the main obstacle in proper teaching of the Armenian language is that
it isn’t spoken in many of the families.

“The lack of textbooks and not practicing the language worsens the
situation. In fact, children speak the language only in class,”
Andriasov said.

Regarding the situation within the community, he pointed out Armenian
population’s achievements, particularly the famous dance ensemble
Urartu, state award winner. Cultural center “Arvest” and Sunday school
are also operating.

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