Excerpts from various e-mails
and reviews received since March 2000

www.dorasakayan.com > letters to the author

Haig Der-Houssikian
Professor of Linguistics
University of Florida

Dear Dora,

Let me thank you for sending me an autographed copy of your most recent book, "Modern Western Armenian". The book obviously represents a monumental effort. As a Western Armenian speaker myself I am honored to have the most urbane and prestigious register of my dialect recognized expertly. Your book is precisely what the new generations of young Armenians born in the Western diaspora need. This almost desperate need for formal Western Armenian education was passionately recognized by several speakers at the Sixth International Conference on Armenian Linguistics held at INALCO, in Paris, July 1999. (...) I look forward to your future contributions to our mother tongue. (From an e-mail, dated April 3, 2000)

Prof. Dr. James Russel
Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Harvard University

Dear Dora,

Thank you for your textbook, which I plan to order and use in my courses. It is an excellent book and a very valuable contribution to our field. Accept my humble thanks and praise. I received today the list of corrigenda and I will duly affix it to the volume. (...) (From a handwritten letter, dated March 29, 2000)

Dickran Kouymjian
Haig & Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies
Armenian Studies Program
California State University, Fresno

Dear Dora,

I acknowledge receipt of the book and find it very good indeed. I immediately put it in the box of Barlow Der Mugrdechian who is currently teaching Western Armenian for possible adoption. (...) I can see from a casual glance that it should become the standard college text for Western Armenian. (...) (From an e-mail, dated March 19, 2000)

Prof. Marc Nishanian
Department of Middle East
and Asian Languages and Cultures
Columbia University
New York

Fr. Krikor Maksoudian
Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center

Dear Dr. Sakayan,

Thank you very much for sending me a copy of your Modern Western Armenian. I glanced through the book quickly and found the approach very interesting. It is obvious that the meticulously screened grammatical and conversational material, the feedback coming from the classroom as well as the modern methodology will be very effective in the classroom. (...) (From a letter, dated March 7, 2000)

Rebecca Morris
University of Michigan

Dear Dr. Sakayan,

First, I would like to say that I have tried your new textbook out on my students (I am currently teaching Modern Western Armenian at the Universityof Michigan) and have found it a very useful textbook. I congratulate you on the production of a fine textbook. (...) (From an e-mail, dated March 27, 2000)

A month later:

(...) As I mentioned, I tested this book out in my Armenian class at UM. (I taught Armenian there this year while Kevork Bardakjian was on sabbatical.) Both I and my students were very pleased with the book. (...) The supplementary texts at the back of the book are wonderful. I used several of these with my students, and it was an effective way to introduce some Armenian history and culture. The themes of the texts are well chosen, and the vocabulary and syntax presented therein is useful. I also appreciated the thematic organization of vocabulary throughout the book. (...) There is no question in my mind that, if I were at liberty to choose which language text I used, I would use your text. It is really a long-needed and very welcome addition to the corpus of Armenian teaching materials. (From an e-mail, dated May 2, 2000)

Professor Peter Cowe
Armenian Studies Program
University of California

Dear Dora,

Your textbook arrived safe and sound some days ago. I’ve been dipping into it in the interim. (..) MODERN WESTERN ARMENIAN marks a step beyond what is currently available in the field. Best wishes, Peter (From an e-mail, dated March 18, 2000)

Dr. Levon Avdoyan
Armenian and Georgian Area Specialis
Library of Congress, Washington DC

Dear Dora,

I received it [Modern Western Armenian] earlier this week and have had great delight in reviewing it. I have also sent along the advertisement to our order department so that we can order a copy. I am now going to work my way slowly through it. (...) (From an e-mail, dated March 17, 2000)

Professor Jos J. Weitenberg
University of Leiden

Dear Dora,

Today your textbook arrived. My congratulations and thank you very much for sending me a copy. It must have been a huge work! But the outcome is equally impressive. (...) (From an e-mail, dated March 28, 2000)

A few days later:

Dear Dora, this thought of translating your book into Dutch does not leave me. (...) ( From an e-mail, dated April 2, 2000)

Dr. Marjory Housepian-Dobkin
Columbia University, New York

Dear Dora,

I want you to know that I very much appreciate having your Modern Western Armenian. First of all, it is a book that will finally teach me to read Armenian - if I ever can finish writing and start concentrating on learning the alphabet. As I speak Western Armenian (to a degree) and because your book looks so intelligent - I think it is my book for learning. It is also the one I will send to my son Jeremy. The one who knows the alphabet but not much of the vocabulary. I am sending it to him now. I know he will love it too. (...) Much good luck with it. (from a letter, dated April 3, 2000)

Molly Freeman, PhD
San Francisco

Dr. Sakayan,

Richard Kloian has shown your book to me. I am learning Armenian at the Zaroukian Centre in San Francisco and your book is just what I have been looking for. I particularly like the way it provides the structure of the language so that, as an adult learner, I can understand the logic of sentence structure and regular and irregular constructions. (...) Congratulations on a tour de force. (From an e-mail, dated April 2, 2000)

Prof. Dr. Winfried Boeder
Literatur und Sprachwissenschaften
Universität Oldenburg, Deutschland

Liebe Frau Sakayan,

Gestern habe ich Ihr Buch bekommen, herzlichen Dank. Es sieht wirklich sehr gut aus, sowohl optisch als auch didaktisch und inhaltlich, nicht zuletzt durch die das Nachdenken anregenden Sprichwörter. Wie Sie das alles schaffen! Ich wünsche Ihnen weitere Erfolge und alles Gute für Sie! Ihr Winfried Boeder (From an e-mail, dated May 19, 2000)

Supreme Patriarch
Catholicos of all Armenians
Mother See of Etchmiadzin

Garabet K. Moumdjian
Principal, Adjunct Professor
Glendale Community College

Dear Professor Sakayan,

(...)I have reviewed your textbook and I found it to be really interesting and different from those that have been on the market for almost two decades. Its approach is fresh and it combines the necessary tools for the teaching of the Western Armenian language in the setting of a modern college and university. I will be glad to introduce the textbook to my classes at Glendale Community College as of the 2001-2002 academic year (Next year's textbooks had already been ordered when I received the copy of your textbook). I wish you success in all your endeavors. (From an e-mail, dated May 12, 2000)

Dr. Rita Kouyoumdjian

Dear Dora,

My heartfelt congratulations on this superb work. You deserve to win an award for it. You are a pro. I am sure it will facilitate the dissemination of our language. I felt tenderness in the pages unlike other language books. The poetry, the stories complement the book nicely and help foreigners become acquainted with our culture. I wish you all the health and energy to promote the book. (From an e-mail, dated May 19, 2000)

Prof. Boghos Levon Zekiyan
Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
Lingua e Letteratura armena
Ca’ Capello - S. Polo 2035-30125 Venezia

(From a letter, dated June 2, 2000)

Archbishop Y. Gizirian
St. Sarkis Armenian Church
Iverna Gardens
Kensington, London

Dear Dr. Sakayan,

I am very pleased to acknowledge your letter of March 30, 2000. I am grateful for the gift of your recent publication, MODERN WESTERN ARMENIAN. I found the publication to be very interesting. The presentation is commendable in all respects. I congratulate you for this valuable work. I deeply appreciate your sending me a copy. I hope that you have success in the promotion of your book and your worthy endeavors. (From a letter, dated May 17, 2000)

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