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Sources for Learning Azerbaijani

This Itty Bitty Azerbaijani Course is, of course, light years from a complete program. But it should have given you a few words to drop should you find yourself in that neighborhood. The pronunciation guide, it should be clear, is intended to help an English speaker get the words out, not to become native fluent.

We hope this course has been helpful and that the opening notes connecting Azerbaijani and other languages broadened your horizons a little bit more still. Nonetheless, this course is barely a beginning.

To learn more, and hear the language spoken, click immediately to byki.com, where there is free flashcard program with 17 lessons, including audio. And if you decide to go further, by all means purchase the whole course – which includes a free audio for your MP3 player.

The information in this course was drawn from byki.com’s Azerbaijani, resources.net.az/phrase.htm, Lonely Planet Central Asian Phrasebook, Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook, the Turkmen Dictionary and Phrasebook (Awde et al), Language/30 Turkish and our own previously published resources for Turkish, Uzbek, Dari, Arabic and about the languages of Islam. In order to keep resources like these available, we ask that those with a serious interest in Azerbaijani patronize the enterprises that produce them, using our courses as a starting point.

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Understanding in Azerbaijani

Finding some understanding

Do you understand? Siz başa düşürsunuz? (seas bah-shah doo-shoor-su-nuz)

I understand: Mən başa düşürəm (men bah-shah doo-shoo-rem)

I don’t understand: Mən başa düşmürəm (men bah-shah doosh-moo-rem)

Please write it: Zəhmət olmasa, yazın (zeh-meht ol-mah-sah yah-zihn)

Good: yaxşi (yahk-shee)

Finally, a look at sources for further study…

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Azerbaijani Beverages

Restaurant and Beverages

Restaurant: restoran (reh-stoh-rahn)

I would like… Mən isterdim… (men easter-deem)

A cup of coffee: bir fincan qəhve (beer fin jan keh vey)

A cup of tea: bir fincan çay (beer fin jan cheye)

A glass of water – bir stəken su (beer steak an sue)

A glass of beer – bir stəken pivə (beer steak an pee-veh)

A bottle of wine – bir butilka çaxir (beer boo-till-ka chah-hear)

In the homestretch… do you understand?

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Azerbaijani Hotel Words

At the hotel

Hotel: mehmanxana (mehh-mahn-hah-nah)

Bath: vanna otaği (vahn-na oh-tah-ee)

Shower: duş (doosh)

Room: nömrə (nerm-reh)

What’s the rate? Sizin haqqınız? (see-zeen hahk-kih-nihz)

Next, time for tea… or something more interesting…

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Azerbaijani Where is?

Where is…?

Where is…? …haradadir? (hah-rah-dah-deer)

Telephone: telefon

Toilet: tualet (tu-ah-let)

Luggage: yük (yook)

Bus: avtobus (ahv-toe-booss)

Next, at the hotel…

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Azerbaijani Please and Thank you

Mind your pints and quarts… or at least be polite.

Please: Zəhmət olmasa (zeh-meht ol-mah-sah)

Thank you (informal): Sağ olun (sah oh-lun)

Thank you (formal): Təşəkkur eləyirəm (teh shake kur ey-leh-yee-rehm)

Your welcome: Sağ olun (sah oh-lun)

Next, finding your way around…

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Azerbaijani Introductions

Now that you can say “Hi, how are you?” it’s time to learn to say “Who are you?” and give an answer.

What’s your name? Senin adın nədir? (seh-neen ah-din neh-deer)

My name is… Mənim adım… (meh-neem ah-dim)

Pleased to meet you: Çox güzel (chalk goo-zehl)

Goodbye: Xuda hafiz (who da ha-fizz)

Next, being polite…

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Azerbaijani Greetings

The next seven pages offer around thirty-five words and phrases for the most basic communication in Azerbaijani. Those who wish to go further should check out the resources mentioned on the previous page. This course is intended to give those who are curious a little insight into how things are said in Azerbaijani while making the language seem a little more familiar and a little less imposing to the student about to undertake more serious study. By memorizing a list every one to three days, you will pick up a useful stock of phrases for survival and conversation within a couple weeks. Please note that our pronunciation guide is very loose. Here is the first list, opening the way for conversation whether it be morning, noon or night:

Good morning: Sabahınız xeyir (sah bah huh nuhs hey er)

Good day: Yaxşi gün (yahk shi goon)

Good night: Axşamınız xeyir (ahk shah muh nuhs hey er)

How are you? Necəsiz? (ney juh siz)

Thanks, fine: Sağ olun, yaxşıyam. (sah oh lun, yahk shi yahm)

Next page, introductions…

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Azerbaijani Vocabulary

Right from the start of our course, the Arabic influence pops out. “Sabahınız xeyir” (“Good morning”) is almost identical to the Arabic “sabah il-xeyr.” The phrase for “Good night” is in the middle – Turkish “akşamlar” (night) and Arabic “xeyr” – “Axşamınız xeyir.” Notice that so far, we’re using the Arabic word for “good” or “fine.” Our next phrase uses the more standard Central Asian word, yaxshi. “Yaxşi gün” means “Good day.” Turkish itself goes with another word for good – the phrase is “İyi günler,” which means “Good days,” like Spanish “Buenos diás.”

There is only one straight Persian phrase in this little guide, “Xuda hafiz” – identical to one Farsi goodbye, but other Persian terms (like “xanim” for “Mrs.”) are scattered through the language.

International vocabulary comes up as well: “duş” = French “douche” (“shower”). “Tualet” and “avtobus” should be clear enough. And “pivə” corresponds to the word for beer in the Slavic languages. Finally, “qahvə” (“coffee”) and “çay” (“tea”) are about as international as it gets.

Azerbaijani is, in the end, a Turkic language, however, and while Arabic, Persian and international elements are present, the Turkic base is quite evident. Those who know another Turkic language will recognize a lot. Those who wish to learn one likewise won’t be making a bad start in picking up a few words in Azerbaijani. A few highlights, then the course:

Adın (Az) = Adın (Tk) = Your name

Adım (Az) = Adım (Tk) = My name

Çox güzel (Az) = Çok güzel (Tk) = Very beautiful (used for “Pleased to meet you.”)

Sağ olun (Az) = Sağ ol (Tk) = an informal “Thank you”

Təşəkkur eləyirəm (Az) = Teşekkur ederim (Tk) = formal “Thank you”)

…harada? (Az) = …nerede? (Tk) = Where is…?

Bir (Az) = Bir (Tk) = one

And now, having encountered a little Arabic, a little Persian, somewhat more Turkish and just under twenty Azerbaijani words, it’s time to begin. As with all the Itty Bitty Courses, this course offers Azerbaijani in small bites. By memorizing a few phrases a day, you will learn just enough to get yourself in trouble – or maybe get yourself out of trouble! Serious students should investigate the free demo Before You Know It Azerbaijani program (at byki.com) and probably purchase the full program. For those content to add a few phrases to what is here, check out resources.net.az/phrase.htm.

Ready? Next comes the course, with greetings...

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Introduction

From Turkey to Western China, there exists not so much a family of languages as a continuum of languages. Bits of Turkic, plus Arabic and Persian – from the Muslim expansion – crop up all the way along the Old Silk Route. On the western side, one stop along the continuum is Azerbaijani.

Azerbaijani is spoken in Azerbaijan, a former Soviet Republic, and much of Iran. Azerbaijanis, in fact, are the leading minority in Iran. Lately, it’s the Azeris of Iran that are in the news (this in being written in June of 2006) as ethnic unrest has led to violence in some parts and some Turkmen have grabbed the chance to advocate for greater respect for all Turkic peoples – not just Azeris.

On this site, Persian/Farsi is represented by the variant spoken in Afghanistan, Dari. On the Turkic side, we have Uzbek and Turkish. Now we’re going to connect a few dots between Turkish and Uzbek with this Itty Bitty Course on Azerbaijani. The main course, as with all the courses, consists of little chunks of the language to be learned and played with. However, we’re going to start with an introduction to about half the items in the course in terms of what other languages you can use them with.

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This is the Itty Bitty Course for Azerbaijani. Below is the table of contents.

1. Introduction
2. Sources of Vocabulary
3. Greetings
4. Introductions
5. Please and Thank You
6. Where is...?
7. Hotel vocabulary
8. Beverages
9. Do you understand?
10. Sources for further learning