Hi all, not sure if there are any Uzbek speakers here anymore, seems a little dead
I have been listening to a lot of songs by Uzbek group Shahrizoda recently. I came to know of them randomly on YouTube. They sing mostly in Uzbek, with a couple of songs in Uyghur and Mandarin. I find Uzbek really pleasant to listen to, there are some really beautiful things about the language.
Luckily, I've been able to get the lyrics to many of their songs through a site called LyricsTranslate.com which means I can sing-a-long! Listening to Uzbek songs is a unique way of learning words and phrases of the language. Just by listening to Shahrizoda (and consulting a few Uzbek sources) I've learnt quite a bit of vocabulary and also learnt about how things are structured. Uzbek word order is still a puzzle to me, because I am so used to the English subject-verb-object.
One thing I love about Uzbek is that whilst it's a Turkic language, they use so many loanwords from Persian and Arabic (and to a lesser extent, Russian). This group, Shahrizoda, especially seems to use Persian and Arabic words in their songs.