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Armenian vs. Turkish

Hello everyone! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is Armenian vs. Turkish!!!

In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it and the other competitions are here as well: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242


We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)

Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose who's your winner in this round. DON'T FORGET: we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!

Armenian -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/AUtRgfFUCl8
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/wxxnY-QTUGU
  3. Written: Բոլոր մարդիկ ծնվում են ազատ ու հավասար` իրենց արժանապատվությամբ և իրավունքներով: Նրանք օժտված են բանականությամբ ու խղճով, և պարտավոր են միմյանց նկատմամբ վարվել եղբայրության ոգով:

Turkish -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/rEJb7j61-es
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/wN4Rbc6HSPY
  3. Written: Bütün insanlar hür, haysiyet ve haklar bakımından eşit doğarlar. Akıl ve vicdana sahiptirler ve birbirlerine karşı kardeşlik zihniyeti ile hareket etmelidirler.
December 4, 2017



As much as I love Turkic languages, Armenian wins this one for me. That writing system........


So...the Turkish script is incorrect. Not sure what language you've got there... Farsi I'd guess, perhaps Pashtu?


Yes, I know I just changed it. The script I previously had said that it was ottoman turkish but I guess that doesn't exist anymore. I'm really sorry for the disruption.


No problem dude, just trying to help out. Good luck in your studies!


It's wrong !!! Turkish written is wrong. It's Persiyan !!. We're not ARAB. We're Turkish. We are writing with Latin Alphabet. Did you understand?

You can ask a question about Turkish?


I'm sorry I'll look for the correct version and change it. Sorry for the inconvenience


Problem solved. Thanks.


My vote goes to Armenian!


Armenian has an interesting writing system and Turkish looks also pretty. I like how Turkish sounds (and some Turkish series ;)). So my vote goes to Turkish.


Spoken Armemian sounds beautiful, and the script is just fantastic.

But c'mon, you can't beat them Balkan beats! Turkish wins for me, by a close margin.



Armenian: It sounds like a mashup of several languages: my first impression was that it had sounds similar to that of Hebrew, though they probably might not be related. I also hear a wide variety of sounds, which makes it a very intriguing language. Turkish: I note the prominence of consonant sounds in her speech, especially with the "m" and the "sh". It's very nice-flowing, and it's quite smooth.

Armenian: Turkish -- 0:1; I found Turkish to be better in terms of its sounds and how the language flows, though Armenian has an interesting blend of their own sounds as well.


Armenian: My first impression was that, again, it takes things from another language; based on the singing, it sounded like Russian. I like it a lot, nevertheless.I'm drawn to how she sings the different sounds. Turkish: The consonant sounds work here a lot: there's emphasis on them which works with the beat of the song. Or maybe it's the Anatolian beat which draws me in, haha.

Armenian: Turkish -- 0.5: 1.5; I honestly couldn't decide between the two; there would be times I would choose Armenian to win, but then turn around when I listen to the Turkish song. Nevertheless, they are both good.


Armenian has an interesting writing system! It's definitely unique, whereas Turkish, with its Latin alphabet, stands out less. That being said, I like the spelling of the words and the accents on them.

Armenian: Turkish --1.5: 1.5

So...a tie?

It's interesting, seeing as i listened to a Turkish song (by maNga) prior to this. I've never been exposed to these two languages before, but they both sound really cool.


I just want to point out that in the spoken video you gave for Armenian, she's speaking Western Armenian, which is different from Eastern Armenian. Eastern Armenian is the most common dialect today and the one spoken in Armenia itself, while Western Armenia unfortunately only survives in diaspora communities, because it was wiped out in the homeland during the Armenian genocide :(

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