Amazing story of American lecturer captivated by Georgian language
12 March, 2018
Amazing story of American lecturer captivated by Georgian language
Georgian society learned about the heartwarming story of an American lecturer captivated by Georgian alphabet in 2015 through Gvantsa Archvadze, a Georgian girl based in New York, who unfolded this story on her social network page.

“New York city subway is full of adventures. Today I accidentally sat beside one man and asked him the directions to the museum. After a short conversation he noticed a text in my phone and asked me with excitement if
I was from Georgia.

I looked at him with surprise, since he did not have the appearance neither of a Georgian nor of any other former soviet republic's resident.

After I told him that I was Georgian, he showed me a book that was lying on his knees. It turned out that he was reading quite an old edition of a Georgian grammar book published by Chicago University.

I asked him to read few passages and he did it splendidly, to my surprise.

geotv.ge
Evan Siegel learning Georgian language

This man is Evan Siegel, a lecturer and Persian language expert who is currently learning Georgian language. He knows Georgia’s culture and history quite well. Also, he plans to pay a visit to Georgia.

This unexpected meeting and news made my day. It is such a good feeling when you meet a foreigner from bigger country who knows and appreciates Georgian history and culture better than some of the locals do.”

Nowadays, American lecturer is quite close to making his dream come true and is planning to visit Georgia. According to him, it was his longtime dream.
Here is what the American lecturer tells about himself:

"I am 64 years old. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, a city that has recently become a hometo many Georgians. I was studying mathematics. I received PHD Degree in mathematics in 2000. For 35 years, I have taught mathematics and computer programming, yet besides I was attracted by the history of Iran."

- When and why did you become interested in Georgia?

-I have been interested in Georgia for 20 years. At first, I fell in love with Georgian polyphonic songs, which cannot be compared to anything in the world. Then there was a Georgian dance… Georgian dance ensemble "Rustavi" performed in New York, which really impressed me!

But most of all I'm interested in the role of Georgian revolutionaries in the constitutional revolution of Iran. I told about it Georgian Professor Alexander Beridze at one of the seminars in Germany. He expressed great empathy and sent me articles and books that belonged to Georgian professor Giorgi Chipashvili.

He surprised me with his strict criticism towards the Communists, Sergo Orjonikidze, especially the criticism towards the Georgian revolutionaries who participated in the constitutional revolution of Iran.

I am grateful to my Georgian friend, Tea Janashia, who devoted her time to me, checked and corrected my translations from Georgian.

I learned Azeri and Turkish languages, and I prepared many articles about how Azeri intellectuals influence Iran's progressive culture.

The materials were mostly published in the journal Mulla Nasr od-Din, which was founded in Tbilisi.

- How did you learn Georgian?

I was studying Professor Howard Aronson’s Georgian grammar. Aronson is one of the brilliant experts of Georgian linguistics. In cooperation with Georgian co-author, he published a new grammar and reading materials, which were written professionally and represents a real masterpiece of his scientific career.

After learning Aronson's grammar, I started studying books and articles sent by Georgian professor Beridze. I am grateful to my Georgian friend who studied English here and then returned to work in the tourism and hospitality industry in his homeland. Unfortunately, I lost contact with him and I could not personally thank him for his kindness.

I have many Georgian friends, and these relationships are very precious for me. I also have relationships with Georgians living in America. Unfortunately, I have never been in Georgia. This year, in March I am planning my first visit to your country!

Related stories:

A foreign lecturer learning Georgian language in the New York subway

A must watch video! - Discover the history of Georgia through its alphabet

Georgian Alphabet among 5 of the world’s most beautiful alphabets

Georgian among the 10 Most Difficult Languages in the World
Print
Other Stories
Georgian wine company “20%” against Russian occupation
Ana Gabriadze and Nika Markozashvili are Georgian entrepreneurs living in the village of Ditsi near the occupation line.
Russian tourists: “We are tourists from Russia and we love Georgia”
‘We are tourists from Russia and we love Georgia” reads the placard of Russian girls supporting the anti-occupation demonstrators gathered in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi.
President Salome Zourabichvili collecting peaches in Kakheti
The photos of President Salome Zourabichvili collecting peaches in eastern Kakheti region of Georgia have gone viral.
GEL 700 000 bail ordered for Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze
GEL 700 000 bail was ordered for TBC Bank founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze on July 26.
Elizabeth Rood just reached the peak of Mount Kazbegi
Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia has recently uploaded a photo of Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood reaching the peak of Mount Kazbegi.
Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze leave positions in Anaklia Board of Governors
TBC Bank founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze have left the positions of chairman and deputy chairman of the Anaklia Board of Governors.
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood climbing up Mkinvartsveri
US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia has recently uploaded a photo of Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood climbing up Mkinvartsveri.
Collection of Soviet Cars of Famous Georgians are now presented to public
Tbilisi AutoMuseum houses Soviet cars of Lavrentiy Beria, Eduard Shevardnadze, the current Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II and other famous Georgians.
British Embassy releases statement about charges against TBC Bank co-founders
The UK is closely watching developments related to the criminal charges the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has made against TBC co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze,
US Embassy releases statement about charges against TBC Bank co-founders
We are concerned about the context and timing of the charges the Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office has filed against TBC Bank co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze,
Mamuka Khazaradze: "I am ready for anything"
TBC Bank founder Mamuka Khazaradze says he is ready for everything and nobody can intimidate him.
Mamuka Khazaradze: "We will build Anaklia Port anyway"
Mamuka Khazaradze, founder of TBC Bank, will arrive at the Prosecutor General's Office.
Balenciaga among ‘The Top 10 Collections of the Fall 2019 Season’
Rodarte, Marc Jacobs, Simone Rocha, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Rock Owens, Loewe, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Chanel are the top 10 collections of the fall 2019 season named by Vogue.
Prosecutor General's Office charges Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze
The Prosecutor General's Office has filed charges against the founders of TBC Bank - Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze.
Kordzadze Law Office will be represented in New Yoir by its strategic partner EK Law Office PLLC
Kordzadze Law Office is excited to announce that Ekaterine Egutia, Esq. joined the firm as Counsel.
‘Grey's Anatomy’ Star Sandra Oh spent her birthday in Georgia
‘Grey's Anatomy’ Star Sandra Oh spent her birthday in Georgia.
Last 10-minute episode of ‘Fast and Furious 9’ will be filmed in August in Georgia
Last 10-minute episode of ‘Fast and Furious 9’ will be filmed in Georgia.
Interview with ‘Patriots Day’ star Georgian Themo Melikidze
Georgian Journal offers its readers an interview with a Georgian actor Themo Melikidze. He gained popularity for starring in Mark Wahlberg's highly anticipated film Patriots Day.
Georgian Kakhaber Abashidze becomes Director-General of Walt Disney Company CIS
Georgian Kakhaber Abashidze has been appointed as Director-General of Walt Disney Company CIS, reports AT.ge.
Public Registry registers Kibar Khalvashi as Rustavi 2 TV owner
According to the data posted on the Public Registry website, Kibar Khalvashi is the owner of 60% shares of the Rustavi 2 broadcasting company.
European Court of Human Rights founds no violation by Georgian courts in Rustavi 2 case
The European Court of Human Rights has published a judgment in the Rustavi 2 case.
Kartlis Deda covering her eye – New Stencil in Tbilisi
Kartlis Deda covering her eye – new stencil has appeared in Tbilisi.
Historic Petra fortress will host an electronic music festival
On August 10 the historic Petra fortress located in the village Thsikhidziri in Adjara will host GR –Fest - an open air electronic music festival.
From September Iakob Gogebashvili's "Deda Ena" will make a comeback in Georgian schools
This fall, at the beginning of the new academic year every first-grader will receive "Deda Ena" as a gift.
Georgian painter creating unique paper sculptures
Beso Kobakhidze, a painter from Ambrolauri, a city located in the western part of the country, has been creating unique paper sculptures for 8 years now.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
20.08.2019
21.08.2019
USD
1
USD
2.9225
2.9275
EUR
1
EUR
3.2434
3.2445
GBP
1
GBP
3.5421
3.5385
RUB
100
RUB
4.3709
4.3846
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.9275
EUR
1
EUR
3.2445
GBP
1
GBP
3.5385
RUB
100
RUB
4.3846
August 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31