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How similar are Turkish and Uzbek?

I am learning Turkish and planning to visit Uzbekistan this summer. Uzbek is a Turkic language, and I've heard conflicting things about how mutually intelligible Turkish and Uzbek are. Let me know if you have any thoughts about how well I would be able to get by in Uzbekistan with some basic Turkish. Unfortunately, Duolingo doesn't offer Uzbek.

February 13, 2018



I’ve read that once you learn one Turkic language, the rest are suspiciously easy, but Turkish and Uzbek have some different words and Uzbek is written in the Cyrillic alphabet (like Russian is), so one of the biggest hurdles between to two languages is writing.


Hello! :)

We don't use the Cyrillic alphabet in Uzbek. We officially use Latin based Uzbek alphabet, so a native English speaker can read Uzbek words.

The current alphabet which is used since 1995:

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    Turkish belongs to the Oghuz branch of the Turkic language family and Uzbek belongs to the Eastern Turkic branch.

    Here's a link to a discussion about Turkic languages:


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      Let's count up to ten and see the similarity:

      1 Bir - Bir
      2 İki - Ikki
      3 Üç - Uç 4 Dört - Tort 5 Beş - Beş 6 Altı - Olti 7 Yedi - Yetti
      8 Sekiz - Sakkiz
      9 Dokuz - Toqqiz
      10 On - On


      Actually, we don't write some of those words like that.

      1-Bir, 2-Ikki, 3-Uch, 4-To‘rt, 5-Besh, 6-Olti, 7-Yetti, 8-Sakkiz, 9-To‘qqiz, 10-O‘n

      "O" and "O‘" are not the same letters and the meaning of the word totally changes, if you misuse them.

      "On" is "instant" in Uzbek, not "ten". Ten is "o‘n".

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