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Uzbek language study in CEUS

Indiana University’s Central Eurasian Studies Department (CEUS) is the only department in the U.S. that offers four levels of Uzbek. Introductory and intermediate are taught both during the academic year and at the SWSEEL program over the summer.  Advanced Uzbek courses are also available.

CEUS offers Uzbek to students elsewhere through distance learning courses.

Uzbek language learning as part of CEUS Undergraduate Major and Minor

Uzbek is one of the languages available for the CEUS Undergraduate Major. Tracks with two or three years of language study are available.

Fulfill your foreign language requirement in a small class with dedicated teachers. You can also recieve a CEUS Minor with two years of Uzbek language study and a related culture course.

Why study Uzbek?

Located in the heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is a historic center of empires, education, and trade.  Many cities in Uzbekistan were hubs on the ancient Silk Road, the famous trading route between China and the West.

Today, Uzbekistan is the second largest exporter of cotton after the U.S. and has rich natural resources: natural gas, oil, gold, copper, uranium, and others. Also, Uzbekistan is a strategically important country in Central Asia.

Uzbek is a Turkic language and the official language of Uzbekistan. It has about 35.3 million native speakers and belongs to the southeastern Turkic (Qarluq or Karluk) family of Turkic languages, from which it gets its lexicon and grammar.  Other influences stem from Persian, Arabic and Russian.

One aspect that distinguishes Uzbek from other Turkic languages is its rounding of the vowel /a/ to /ɒ/ or /ɔ/, a feature influenced by Persian.

Before the expansion of Russian and the Soviet Empires into Central Asia, Uzbek was written in an Arabic script.  In 1940, Uzbek was switched to Cyrillic script due to Soviet policy.  In the early nineties, the Uzbek government officially reintroduced the Latin script, although the use of Cyrillic is still widespread.

Common Phrases:

Assalomu alaykum - Hello

Marhamat, keling - Please, come in

Palov juda mazali - The pilaf is very delicious