Let’s hope someday Armenian becomes the only language of communication of the participants of the “Ari Tun” Program

Not all of the participants of the “Ari Tun” Program of the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia are able to express words and feelings and share their impressions freely during their interviews for Hayern Aysor. In some cases, their beautiful eyes say a lot more than words. This was the case of 13-year-old Dutch-Armenian participant Vahagn Tofmashyan, who would get emotional when talking about Armenia during our short interview.

Karine Avagyan: Vahagn, is this your first time in Armenia?

Vahagn Tofmashyan: Yes, this is my first time in Armenia, but my uncle lives here. I know a lot about Armenia, but haven’t seen much. I hope I get to go sightseeing in Armenia and become familiar with the city of Yerevan, Armenians and Armenian traditions during this visit. My mother told me about the program, and I said I wanted to participate.

Karine Avagyan: Tell us about yourself, Vahagn.

Vahagn Tofmashyan: I was born abroad and attend a foreign school. Unfortunately, I don’t know Armenian well and can’t speak fluently, but I understand the language very well. I was told that I will be attending Armenian language lessons during the program. I might learn a couple of words and phrases. This is the first time I am seeing so many Armenians in one place. It is nice to see young Armenians becoming familiar with not only the Homeland, but also each other through this program. I would like for all sons of the Armenian nation around the world to be able to communicate in their native language.

Vahagn’s wish might come true one day through this program, and let’s hope that someday Armenian will be the only language of communication of the participants of the “Ari Tun” Program.

Karine Avagyan

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