On the Silk Road with CeLCAR is an educational podcast brought to you by the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region at Indiana University. Each month, we bring guests from different parts of Central Asia to talk about the people, the cultures, and of course the languages of their countries! This podcast is perfect for the Central Asian enthusiasts out there, linguaphiles, and all of those who just generally have a thirst for knowledge and a curiosity about other cultures. We hope you will follow along with us as we journey through this exquisitely colorful area of the world, so rich in history and ancient cultures!
In this episode, we welcome Froozan Amir, an Afghan woman who came to the United States as a political refugee after the Soviet-Afghan war. Froozan tells us about her experience of being an ESL student in the US as well as her experience of being a mother to young Afghan American children being raised in the United States. To learn more about other Persian dialects, go back and listen to Episodes 7, 9 and 14, on Dari, Tajiki, and Farsi, respectively.
In this episode, we welcome Azadeh Aghighi, a native Persian (Farsi) speaker from Tehran, Iran who teaches Arabic at Indiana University and is working on her Ph.D. in Islamic Theology at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Azadeh will discuss with us Farsi, the Persian language spoken natively by more than 110 million people in both Central Asia and the Middle East.
After a brief pause in recording over summer break, we’re back! In this episode, we meet Malik Hodjaev, a Senior Lecturer of Uzbek in the Department of Central Asian Studies at Indiana University. Malik-aka tells us all about this Turkic language spoken by over 27 million native speakers! (Second only to Turkish as the most widely spoken Turkic language in the world.)
In this episode we meet Ben Priest, who is a PhD candidate at Indiana University working on his dissertation on Kurdish Nationalism and Islam. Ben is also the Sorani instructor at IU’s Summer Language Workshop, making him the perfect person to give us a language lesson on Sorani Kurdish!
In this episode, we talk with Gedun Rabsal, a Senior Lecturer in the Tibetan language in the Department of Central Asian Studies at Indiana University. Rabsal tells us about this fascinating and ancient language spoken throughout Central Asia and East Asia.
In this episode, we meet Esra Ibil, a Graduate Student in IU’s School of Education where she is studying curriculum and instruction with a special interest in elementary education. Esra will tell us about Turkish, the Turkic language spoken in Turkey and other parts of Central Asia.
In this episode, we talk with Ardasher (Sher) Khashimov, a Graduate Student in IU’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) where he is currently a Master of Public Affairs candidate specializing in Policy Analysis & Energy. Sher tells us about Tajiki, an Iranian language spoken in Tajikistan.
In this episode, we talk with Assem Sagi (Izmukhanova), the Kazakh Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant here at Indiana University. Assem tells us about Kazakh, a Turkic language spoken in Kazakhstan, in the Northern part of Central Asia.
Dr. Rahman Arman returns to teach us about the Dari language, spoken in Afghanistan. He reads us an original poem about Navruz and tells us more about the holiday and it’s traditions.
In this episode, we talk with Mustafa Aksu, a graduate student studying language policy and linguistics. Mustafa tells us about his native language Uyghur, a Turkic language spoken in Central Asia and Western China.
In this episode, we meet Tserenchunt Legden, Senior Language Instructor of Mongolian at Indiana University. Tserenchunt tells us about Mongolian’s and the deep love they have for their homeland, Mongolia.
In this episode, we meet with Mustafa Durmaz and Tahirhan Aydin, two Kurds who to talk about Kurmanji Kurdish, a dialect of Kurdish spoken in southeast Turkey, northwest and northeast Iran, northern Iraq and northern Syria.
This episode will explore Kyrgyz, a Turkic language spoken mostly in Kyrgyzstan, a mountainous country in the heart of Central Asia.
Learn about Pashto, an Iranian language spoken in Afghanistan and NW Pakistan, from our guest, Dr. Rahman Arman.
Our inaugural episode introduces the listener to Turkmen, a Turkic language from the Central Asian region.