"What is a nation without a mother tongue?"
Language is a strong concept with the ability to shape one's entire identity alone. Language is the main door to a culture, and it helps preserve both the culture and heritage. This is why UNESCO has recognized and celebrated International Mother Language Day for nearly 20 years. Azerbaijani is a Turkic language spoken in the Republic of Azerbaijan and Iran, where it is written in Latin and Arabic scripts, respectively. Azerbaijani belongs to the Oghuz sub-group of Turkic languages and is expressed in more than 30 dialects. Although it is spoken by a larger population in Iran (than in the republic), to date, it has no official status in Iran. At EnglishAzerbaijani, in addition to educating our next generations to obtain and preserve the language, we aim to assist Iranian Azerbaijanis in learning the official form of their mother language.
Our four main programs to promote Azerbaijani in our platform include Dr. Javanshir's classes in 12 sessions, animated videos, idioms videos, and proverbs videos.
"International Mother Language Day is a moment for all of us to raise the flag for the importance of mother tongue to all educational efforts, to enhance the quality of learning and to reach the unreached."
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
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Dr. Javanshir's Online Classes
EnglishAzerbaijani is committed to providing courses that not only fit every skill level and background but also infuse our supportive and innovative teaching approach. Dr. Javanshir's class offerings are 12 sessions in Azerbaijani Turkic, focusing on teaching the official Azerbaijani language to those who already speak the language. This set of classes are primarily suitable for Azerbaijani Turks from Iran who did not have the chance to learn the official form of the language.
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These series are tailored for English speakers who want to learn Azerbaijani Turkic or anyone enthusiastic who wants to learn more. We made this journey amusing for you by including catchy animations in our videos. Enjoy!
Azerbaijani Proverbs and Idioms
Azerbaijani Turks use a lot of proverbs and idioms in their daily conversations. It might be challenging to understand the correct meaning of these expressions if you do not have sufficient knowledge of the idiomatic concepts. Azerbaijani Turkic proverbs (Called Ata Baba Sözü or Atalar Sözü) are one of the richest heritages of Azerbaijani folklore. In our "Proverb" and "Idiom" series, we focus on these rich Azerbaijani literature sources and their equivalents in English.