A Beginners’ Guide to Tajiki
Author: Baizoyev A., Hayward J.
Tajik or Tajiki, also called Tajiki Persian , is the variety of Persian spoken in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan by Tajiks. It is closely related to neighboring Dari Persian with which it forms a continuum of mutually intelligible varieties. Since the beginning of the twentieth century and independence of Tajikistan from Soviet Union, Tajik has been considered by a number of writers and researchers to be a variety of Persian.
This is a conversational approach to the teaching and learning of the Tajiki language. It uses authentic language material to help learners as they proceed through its topicbased lessons. Its emphasis on the spoken language promotes oral fluency alongside written skills. Both lessons and appendices present new vocabulary and grammar simply and recycle material to provide opportunities for both controlled and free language learning.
The appendices include not only lists of useful information and samples of
commonly needed letters and speeches, but also an invaluable introduction to Tajiki grammar and a comprehensive Tajiki-English dictionary of all the book’s vocabulary – over 4500 definitions.