A Collection of Uyghur Resources; Some of the following I have not yet perused, but I did think it would be helpful for others to put everything in one place. If you have more resources, or comments on any of the resources listed below, please let me know!
First Notes: You can’t learn Uyghur as it is used in China without learning the alphabet (which is a modified Arabic script), unless you already know Cyrillic and are OK with learning Uyghur’s close cousin Uzbek. No worries though! These ridiculous cartoon videos will definitely aid your Uyghur writing stkills!
An introduction to the language here.
If you’re in Xinjiang head to Urumqi’s 新华书店 (Xinhua Bookstore, the central one at Nanmen is best). The second floor has (as far as I know) the country’s best selection of Uyghur textbooks and dictionaries (along with some Kazakh). Most are in Chinese, but I did buy the blue-covered Introduction to Modern Uyghur by Hamit Zakir which was pretty fantastic. Begining Uyghur for English Speakers from Xinjiang University is also available both in XJ and on ebay, though definitely a bit pricier.
If you aren’t in Xinjiang:
- Kansas University’s Greetings from the Teklimakan. (PDF). A little difficult for a beginning textbook, but well put together
- Najiban Tursun’s Uyghur Reader (PDF)
- Lonely Planet China Phrasebook – Uyghur Chapter (PDF)
- Introduction to Modern Uyghur (PDF) Referred to above; pretty decent introduction even if the themes are occasionally comically Chinese
- The First Step in Uyghur (PDF)
- A collection of textbooks (torrent download)
- Uyghur Language Learning Pack (torrent download) Another collection of textbooks in English, Chinese, Russian
- Uyghur: An Elementary Textbook (very mixed reviews)
- Uighur-English/ Engish-Uighur Dictionary & Phrasebook (And yes, “English” is misspelled on the Amazon listing)
- Uyghur Language: The Uyghur Phrasebook
- Uyghur Vocabulary: A Uyghur Language Guide
- Central Asia Lonely Planet Phrasebook
- Far West China (all Xinjiang, not all Uyghur)
- Uyghur Learning Resources
- Soyouwanttolearnalanguage/uyghur (lots of links)
- Paj-Puj Palace (Uyghur Grammar Guide)
- Radio Free Asia in Uyghur (advanced reading and listening)
- Basic Audio for Travel
- Uyghur TV
- Uyghur Language Learning Videos on Youtube
- http://www.linguanaut.com/english_uighur.htm (basic phrases with Latin alphabet)
- Learn 101 (basic phrases with Latin and Arabic acripts)
- iLanguages (basic vocab, phrases and grammar with audio)
- Old Road Tours (two basic lessons)
The following US universities offer Uyghur (or Uzbek): University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Washington, Kansas University, Indiana University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, University of Chicago (Uzbek with Kagan Arik, who also knows Uyghur, along with half a dozen other Turkic languages…)
The following Chinese universities offer Uyghur: Peking University, Beijing University for Nationalities (民族大学), Xinjiang University (the most common choice as it’s in the Uyghur part of Urumqi), Xinjiang Normal University (really nice campus, convenient transportation, in the norhtern/non-Uyghur part of town, lots of students from Central Asia there to study Chinese), Xinjiang Agricultural University (I took classes here while teaching; our ‘teachers’ were underpaid MA students in animal and grass science), Xinjiang Arts Institute (an American friend took a semester of classes and was not impressed. I think her ‘teachers’ were still college students), and Xinjiang Vocational University (no idea; never met anyone who studied there). More detailed info on Urumqi options here.
Just for fun: This impossible “beginners” Uyghur video