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.