fast facts about armenia
Armenia is an ethnically homogeneous country, where Armenian is the official language and is spoken as a first language by the overwhelming majority of the Republic of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Armenian alphabet has its own script and is of interest to linguists for its distinctive phonological developments within Indo-European family of languages. Before creation of Armenian alphabet in 405-406 AD by the ancient linguist and cleric Mesrop Mashtots, Armenians used Aramaic and Greek characters. Foreign language schools existed from the 2nd century BC on. The vast majority of the population fluently speaks Russian. English is increasingly gaining prominence, followed by French, German and several oriental languages. Signs and advertising posters in public places are mainly multilingual – Armenian, Russian and English. Road signs almost everywhere are bilingual – Armenian and English.