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Hi Matty - glad to hear you like the lessons, let me know how they go for you. I have a transliteration of the letters on the Armenian Alphabet page, and I can see how it would help to hear how some of the sounds pronounced, like gh. I've been wanting to record them for a while, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. Luckily, most of the letters are pronounced just like Spanish/English letters. This includes the vowels. Unlike English, the letters never change their pronunciation (with a couple of very very simple exceptions, when 2 of the letters ե and ո are at the beginning of a word, or when you spell the sound oo, which is a combination of two letters, ու). Anyway, if you have any specific questions, you can feel free to ask! Best, --Raffi 08:03, 11 January 2009 (PST)

Oh, the r and the other r are a doozy. I myself can't tell the difference. You have to roll both of them, but the ռ gets rolled just a little more than the ր. Something like the r and double r in Spanish. The r sound in perro (dog) gets rolled a bit more than in Moreno (a name). If you can roll your r's you're ok. If not, just work on that! --Raffi 22:00, 11 January 2009 (PST)
Yes, you have to go based on context in those rare instances, but if you're not sure it's just generally safest to use the ր, since it's much more common. --Raffi 10:25, 12 January 2009 (PST)
Hey you'll love Armenia, and they'll all totally appreciate that you've learned Armenian to communicate with them. It will definitely open extra doors and make your experience much richer as you'll be able to communicate with everyone there. Yerevan's a blast, the countryside and villages are awesome... anyway, I'm glad to hear your plans and happy to help out if I can. --Raffi 10:40, 12 January 2009 (PST)