These resources are compiled from suggestions and recommendations from CESSI alumni, students, speakers, instructors and other community members. These resources are not affiliated with CESSI or necessarily endorsed by CESSI. They are compiled for the convenience of our students and larger community as they study central Eurasia. We thank our community for these suggestions and hope they will assist you as you continue your studies and research.
For information on Central Eurasian language programs, please visit the AAS Language Database page on Central Eurasian languages.
General Language Resources
Short videos in different languages, most with transcripts. Many languages including: Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Tajik, and Uzbek.
YouTube playlist featuring music by Central Asian artists as recommended by 2021 students of the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI). Note: the content of this playlist does not necessarily reflect the views of CESSI, the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, or its grantors. No official endorsement should be inferred.
Resources for Students of Kazakh
–Short videos about Kazakhstan, most in Russian or English, some with transcripts.
-A variety of of world, local cultural and current events presented in Kazahk: www.BAQ.kz, https://www.azattyq.org , http://kaz-tili.kz/wch.htm, https://tilqural.kz/, https://qazaqstan3d.kz/ , http://kazakh-tv.kz, https://nationalgeographic.kz/, https://kazmuseum.com/, https://astanatv.kz/kz/
–Catalogue of available e-books in Kazahk.
–Collection of audio and e-books in Kazahk
Resources for Students of Tajik
–Short videos about Tajikistan, most in Russian or English, some with transcripts.
-Online Tajik-English Dictionary
-Social Media with Information about Tajikistan (2) Explore Tajikistan | Facebook
–British Library: Collecting the Heritage of the Silk Road: Tajikistan’s pre-Russian Past in Documents
–Collection of Central Asian Memoirs of the Soviet Era
Resources for Students of Uzbek
–Reading & Listening Exercises in Uzbek (and other languages including Azerbaijani).
–Short videos about Uzbekistan, most in Uzbek or English, some with transcripts.
-Uzbek language learners Facebook Group.
–Uzbek digital library, including dictionaries, in PDF form.
–Online collection of Alisher Navoiy literature.
–Audiobooks in Uzbek, various genres, some available for purchase (not expensive)
–Films on YouTube (classic and modern)