Armenians born and raised in Lebanon still master the Turkish language

By a geographical whim of fate, most Armenians who have lived in Lebanon for three generations can still speak fluent Turkish, a language they learned from their parents from the cradle.

Turks may come across Armenians walking through the streets of Beirut and end up chatting with them in Turkish.

Although a century has passed since they left Turkey, besides those who continue to speak Turkish, there are also Armenians who have recently learned Turkish on their own from popular Turkish TV shows. exported.

The most interesting thing is that even many Armenians who have never visited Turkey in their life can speak Turkish very fluently.

Ermen Cerkezyan, 65, who lives in Beirut’s Burc Hammud neighborhood, where the majority of Armenians live, is also among the Lebanese Armenians who speak Turkish fluently.

Cerkezyan said he was born in Lebanon and had the opportunity to visit Turkey when he was 45. His family is from Adana.

” I loved. I also liked the turkey. I also liked the people. I also loved their food. I also liked their service. It’s such a beautiful country that I was highly respected,” he said.

Speaking about recent efforts to normalize relations between Turkey and Armenia, Cerkezyan said that “of course it would be good”.

“Let the Armenian children think a little ahead. There is no end. Life doesn’t go like that. There should always be peace in life. If it were up to me, I would make peace (between Turkey and Armenia). I want the country to progress. I do this so that my children and grandchildren can go further,” he said.

Vartan Deirsarkisyan, 48, whose father was from Adana and his mother from Gaziantep, was born and raised in Lebanon and never had the opportunity to visit Turkey.

Deirsarkisyan, who you can meet humming Turkish folk songs in the mall where he works as a parking lot attendant, said that when he comes home he usually listens to songs by Ibrahim Tatlises – a popular Turkish singer for decades – and listens to them until he falls asleep.

Deirsarkisyan told Anadolu Agency that he never had the chance to visit Turkey.

He said that nearly 70% of Armenians in Lebanon can speak Turkish, adding that the new generation has also learned Turkish through Turkish soap operas.

“Lebanese people who hear me speak Turkish sometimes ask: ‘What language is that?’ I also say it’s Turkish and my parents are from Gaziantep and Adana,” in southeastern and southern Turkey, he said.

Arli Hacaduryan, 36, whose mother is from Istanbul and father from Diyarbakır, is also among those who speak Turkish very fluently.

Hacaduryan, who was born in Lebanon and works as a real estate consultant in Beirut, said: “When we were little, my mother always watched Turkish TV channels and Turkish series. Watching them, my brother and I learned Turkish.

Recalling his first visit to Istanbul with a smile, Hacaduryan said: “It was a bit funny at first. My brother and I felt like we were in a TV series. After that, we got a little bit funny. open.”

“When I go to Turkey, the first days are a bit difficult. But after that I open up and speak Turkish comfortably. They ask me if I am Turkish or not. If I have friends who came to Lebanon from Turkey, of course we speak Turkish. I have a few friends (Lebanese Armenians), I watch TV series with them and we always speak Turkish when we get together,” she added.

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