I seriously need to spend more time on the bajillion languages I'm learning instead of flitting around, reading about languages I'm not. Is bajillion an actual number? See how much time I waste? I'm such a procrastinator, it's not even funny.
Anyway, I've spent the evening reading up on the Turkic languages of the -stans. You know: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. I would've included Tajikistan, but Tajik is an Indo-European language, related to Persian. In Afghanistan, Tajik is known as Dari - or so I've been told. Oh, and can't forget Azerbaijan, where they speak Azerbaijani (aka Azeri), which from what I understand, is highly similar to Turkish, if not nearly identical.