Spring 2001 (9.1)
As a Hobby
from Turkey, presently living in Brazil. Recently I came across
your Web site - AZERI.org - and was particularly
impressed with the series, "Sociolinguistically Speaking"
by Jala Garibova and Betty Blair. As a matter of fact, I've read
every single article. I found your Web site while looking for
some Azeri in order to study the similarities and differences
with the Turkish language.
Languages are like a hobby for me: I speak Turkish, English,
Portuguese and German fluently (although my German is becoming
worse by the day because of lack of practice). I can also speak
Persian and some Arabic (though not read or write) and have learned
some Guarani while here in Brazil.
When I was a kid, we didn't have TV in Turkey (I'm 37), so I
spent hours listening to Voice of America on the radio, trying
to understand Turkic languages like Azeri and Uzbek. Later I
wanted to research American Indian languages to identify similarities
between them and Turkish. Unfortunately, my dream remains but
Well, time has passed and now I'm trying to maintain my interest
of languages as a hobby, reading books and articles on the Internet
whenever I can, in between family duties and working for a computer-related
company during the day and doing translations for extra income
That's why I enjoy your Web site so much. Keep up the good work!
I'll be checking
every week for new articles, which means you have another fan
now. The material is so fascinating and very well written. Thanks
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
P.S. Could you provide links
of other Web sites in Azeri? By the way, is the "upside-down
e" (schwa) functional yet?
Editor: For other Web sites
in Azeri, see the feature article in this issue. We found about
30 of them. This past year, quite a few sites have been created
in Azeri Latin despite the fact that there is no standardized
font for Azeri. So the "schwa" is still very troublesome
(see article in this issue).
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