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Հայերեն Hayeren
Native to Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Russia, United States, Georgia, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Turkey
Native speakers 7,000,000  (2001)[1]
Language family
  • Armenian
Early forms:
Writing system Armenian alphabet
Official status
Official language in

(not recognized internationally)

Minority language:
Regulated by National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Language codes
ISO 639-1 hy
ISO 639-2 arm (B)
hye (T)
ISO 639-3 Variously:
hye – Modern Armenian
xcl – Classical Armenian
axm – Middle Armenian
Linguasphere 57-AAA-a (31 varieties)

The Armenian language (հայերեն լեզու, Armenian way of saying it: [hɑjɛˈɾɛn lɛˈzu] — hayeren lezow, conventional short form hayeren) is an Indo-European language. It is spoken by Armenians. It is the official language of Armenia and in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The language is also widely spoken by Armenian communities all over the world. It has its own alphabet, the Armenian alphabet. There are two standard forms of Armenian: Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian.


  1. Crystal, David (2001). A dictionary of language. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 24. ISBN 9780226122038 .