For this week's Mango Monday we will present Uzbek.

Uzbek is a language spoken by 40 million speakers in Uzbekistan. According to Mango, this is a great language to learn if you want to travel to central Asia. Specifically:

As one of Central Asia’s most compelling tourist destinations, Uzbekistan calls to the adventurous, curious traveler. Known for its treasure trove of archaeological artifacts and ancient cities, a visit to Uzbekistan allows you to slip back in time. Visit the ornate Kalon Minaret built in 1127, and dig into the past at the History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan. Modern Uzbekistan has just as much to offer as its storied past. Rock climb the Uzbekistan Mountains, shop for fresh melons and kurpacha (sitting mattresses) at Chorsu Bazaar, and strike up a conversation with the region’s friendly locals. Learn Uzbek, will travel.

Uzbek is a Turkic language that is currently being written with a Latin script as English is. It has had influences from Russian, Arabic and Persian. One of the things it does is that it has a formal and informal pronoun. This is something that is also found in European languages, but it isn't a part of modern English.

The grammar is a little different than English. For example, most sentences are in Subject-object-verb word order. The sentence "I eat cake" would be "I cake eat" in Uzbek. If that seems a little strange to you, don't let it bother you. Mango has color coded words on screen to help you visually understand the spoken language.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about meeting new people you can learn from Chapter 3, Lesson 12: Getting to know you.

  • Wow, she's great. Uh-ho', u zo-ru!
  • Do you really think so? Rostdan shunday deb o'ylaysizimi?
  • Yes, I would like to meet her. Ha, men u bilan tanishishni xohlayman.
  • She is my friend. U mening do'stim.
  • I will introduce you. Men sizlarni tanishtiraman.
  • Let's meet to drink coffee. Keling, kofe ichishga uchrashamiz.

Uzbek is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.