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Salam and Welcome to our Cultural Exchange with /r/iranian!

We are hosting a cultural exchange with people from Iran, one of our neighbouring countries.

Iranians, feel free to ask any questions or share experiences about Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani way of life. You can do this either in English or Azeri. Please use flag flairs to avoid confusion. If you'd like to stick around for more subscribe.

Azerbaijani users go to this thread to ask questions about Iran and their way of life.

The exchange will last for 4 days. Enjoy it!


Iranlı dostlarımızla sual-cavab və təcrübə mübadiləsi edirik. Şərhlərdə verilən suallara cavab verə bilərsiniz və özünüzdə bu linkdən keçib iranlılara suallar verə bilərsiniz.


Edit: The exchange is over. Thanks everyone for participating.

-- /r/Azerbaijan moderators

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level 1

Why is Azerbaijan so unique as to be completely cleaved off from Iranian culture and national identity?

level 2
5 points · 1 year ago

It was Russia's will. Ideally they would be part of Iran like Armenia, Georgia and the other Caucasus states that are still part of Russia but you can't really blame them for not wanting to be part of them in this current atmosphere.

level 3
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1 point · 1 year ago

Creating a separate state with its own national identity in 1918 wasn't Russia's will. In fact it went directly against of the will of both parties involved in Russian Civil War that was going on at that time.

level 2
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level 3

Neat. It's a little strange hearing that because in Iran there are two provinces which basically are Azerbaijan, and we just consider them part of the country, i.e. they are our countrymen. I've never studied the history of that region in general in either Iran or the independent state so that's really why I asked, I'm mostly just curious to learn the dynamics.

Thank you for your response!

level 2
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4 points · 1 year ago

Because it's not Iranian, it's Turkic. Though, I'd say we still have quite a heavy influence of Iranian languages in Azerbaijani. Much heavier that Russian. Even though foreigners who don't know much about us think that influence of Russian language is stronger.

level 3
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4 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

I have watched some Azerbaijani matches (Qäbälä, Qarabağ, Azerbaijani National team). What I came across is, compared to Anatolian Turkish, that the French words we use are Russian ones in Azerbaijani. Televizyon - televizya, ekip - komanda are the ones coming into my mind. But the amount of Arabic or farsi loan words which I didn't come across to in Anatolian Turkish seemed to be much more compared to the Russian ones. Maybe the words were used in older Anatolian Turkish too but became outdated due to the language revolution.

Like for example in the bottom part of OP's text, the world mübadele or şerh. These are words my cell phone auto correction recognizes as Turkish words, but I don't know them.

level 4
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1 point · 1 year ago

What I came across is, compared to Anatolian Turkish, that the French words we use are Russian ones in Azerbaijani. Televizyon - televizya, ekip - komanda are the ones coming into my mind.

It gets ridiculous when our government tries to make our language more Turkic and instead it ends up being more Turkish. Like we have a word vertolyot and our government decided that the primary word for that term should be helikopter, because that's how it is in Turkish. But helikopter has obviously nothing to do with Turkic languages.

level 5
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1 point · 1 year ago

Well, with the language revolution by TDK, our Arabic or farsi loan words were replaced by Turkic words. For example tayyare became uçak. Maybe your government and institutions feel the same regarding the removal of Russian words. After all, helikopter is a Greek word, but recognized universally, such as television or telephone.

If the word you used for helicopter was Turkic, but replaced by helikopter because it's that in Turkish then I'd understand you completely.

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1 point · 1 year ago

I don't prefer any of them. I just think its useless to change one loan word on another. Either change it on a Turkic one or just keep it as it is.

level 1

Yashasin Azerbaijan! Hey guys I was wondering if you guys know any websites or applications that would teach me how to speak Azeri. My dad knows how to speak and I would really love to learn it too. Thanks!

level 2

I'm British but am here because I recently started learning Azeri (like literally in the last month or so), I've been using the Memrise app, it's free and gives a good starter on some vocabulary!

level 3
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level 4

General vocab and verbs are going better than I expected, some of the formal v informal is harder. I'm enjoying it.

Ultimately I'm looking to be able to understand written Azeri and be able to say a few key words as I'm thinking of visiting Baku and don't want to be completely lost!

level 3
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2 points · 1 year ago

Would you recommend it for other languages (like Japanese, for instance)?

level 4

Oh I'm not sure, it does have a lot of courses to choose from. Lots of them seem to come from Duolingo, but I think some are user-created too.

level 2
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1 point · 1 year ago

Could you describe your current level?

level 3

Beginner

level 4
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1 point · 1 year ago

Are you going to visit Azerbaijan for a long period? Or maybe you have some courses up to you to learn the language? I heard there are a lot of them nowadays in big cities around the world.

level 1
5 points · 1 year ago

Hello guys, how's the living and economic situation currently in Azerbaijan. I have an Azeri background and always wanted to learn Turkish and live in a place with a similar culture. Although my first choice would have been Iran, I'm against the current government and don't want to live in a religious atmosphere.

It seems things are going downhill in Turkey as well. So how would you rate Azerbaijan for outsiders. Is it an inviting place, is it easy to find work?

Also what is your views towards Iranian Azeris. Thanks

level 2
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3 points · 1 year ago

I have an Azeri background and always wanted to learn Turkish and live in a place with a similar culture.

If you want to live in Azerbaijan, learn Azerbaijani.

It seems things are going downhill in Turkey as well. So how would you rate Azerbaijan for outsiders. Is it an inviting place, is it easy to find work?

The answer depends on what you gonna do once you come to Azerbaijan. If you want to work in tourist sector, it's a good time for you. Working in education should be also fine, if you have some academic background.

But outside of that, I'm not sure what you could do. Since oil prices and the manat dropped, the situation is quite depressing. But I don't know your background, so maybe you have some unique skill that is currently in demand in Azerbaijan, who knows.

Also what is your views towards Iranian Azeris

I've never personally met an Azerbaijani from Iran. So, I can't judge really.

level 3
2 points · 1 year ago

Well I was hoping to get by with English and slowly learn the language

And actually my background is in the oil sector in Canada. Things went pretty downhill for us too but I'm just sick of the whole live to work culture there, although I love Canada as a whole.

Tourist sector? Where do most tourists come from and are there a lot of English speakers. I honestly am looking for a place to open up a coffee shop or a hostel and just settle down. Is it mostly in the Caspian area

I've never personally met an Azerbaijani from Iran. So, I can't judge really.

I meant as a whole, is there not a lot of Iranian Azeris in your country? Do you guys view us as the same people or something totally different

level 4
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2 points · 1 year ago

Tourist sector? Where do most tourists come from and are there a lot of English speakers.

If you were following news recently, you should know that the recent tourist boom in Azerbaijan is an Arab tourist boom. Many of them do speak English, but many don't. So, knowing Arabic could be helpful for you. It's kind of obvious that you should know English. People who know less than two languages in Baku are not considered to be intelligent.

I honestly am looking for a place to open up a coffee shop or a hostel and just settle down.

The concurrence is quite heavy when it comes to coffee and tea in Azerbaijan.

Is it mostly in the Caspian area

Everything is mostly Baku. Though the current tourist is a bit more geographically diverse. I'm not sure where, but I've heard that they go to some areas outside of Baku as well.

I meant as a whole, is there not a lot of Iranian Azeris in your country?

Even if there are, they don't seem to be very vocal about it. I mean, it must be very easy for them to adopt, I guess. So, they probably start identify themselves more with the Republic a generation after living in Azerbaijan. That's just my guess, though.

Do you guys view us as the same people or something totally different

I most certainly view us as the same people. I wish I could learn South Azerbaijani script one day to understand you better. There are some people who don't view you so, especially because many of you cal yourself Iranian Azeris as opposed of South Azerbaijanis.

level 5
2 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

I never thought of the whole calling ourselves South Azeris or Iranian Azeris. But I wouldn't give it much thought. I see your point of view, you may think of it as if Azeris in Iran are somehow ignoring their heritage, but that's not the case.

The thing is, you should view the name "Iran" as the way the name Anatolia is used, as the name of the country itself rather than to designate an ethnicity. There is a reason that the Shah of Iran requested that the previous name "Persia" be discontinued because it's a multi cultural country.

And while in a multicultural country, smaller ethnic groups sometimes get neglected, Azeris stand shoulder to shoulder with Persians for power and influence, so they feel as Iranian as Persians, whereas Kurds in Turkey might not have the same feeling.

Come to think of it I always here Kurds from Iran call themselves Iranian Kurds as well, rather than Eastern Kurds

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2 points · 1 year ago

I never thought of the whole calling ourselves South Azeris or Iranian Azeris. But I wouldn't give it much thought. I see your point of view, you may think of it as if Azeris in Iran are somehow ignoring their heritage, but that's not the case. The thing is, you should view the name "Iran" as the way the name Anatolia is used, as the name of the country itself rather than to designate an ethnicity. There is a reason that the Shah of Iran requested that the previous name "Persia" be discontinued because it's a multi cultural country. And while in a multicultural country, smaller ethnic groups sometimes get neglected, Azeris stand shoulder to shoulder with Persians for power and influence, so they feel as Iranian as Persians, whereas Kurds in Turkey might not have the same feeling.

Many people won't like you if you say that in Azerbaijan. I can understand why do you feel that way, kind of like I can understand why my grandparents sometimes refer to themselves as Soviet People. But my understanding doesn't mean that I like that you think so (as well as I don't like my grandparents identifying themselves with the USSR). But many people will not understand that in the RoA. And if you really want to settle down in the RoA, be prepared that one day your grand kids won't even understand how you can have such a view, as some young people (unlike me) don't understand how their grandparents can think that they are Soviet.

Come to think of it I always here Kurds from Iran call themselves Iranian Kurds as well, rather than Eastern Kurds

All Kurds actually are Iranian, regardless of where they are from. We are Turkic

level 7
2 points · 1 year ago

Of course, people are always going to be a little biased from both sides due to nationality. I'm a great grandson of someone who's from Baku but I consider my opinion different than the majority of people from RoA it seems.

As for Azeris being Turkic, I have to ask what separates Iranic and Turkic when discussing Azeris, in your view?

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2 points · 1 year ago

As for Azeris being Turkic, I have to ask what separates Iranic and Turkic when discussing Azeris, in your view?

Well, what separates Germanic peoples from Slavic peoples? I think it's hard to answer that question, as it is too broad. There are many aspects such as language and culture.

My personal feeling is that I think of Turkish, Kazakh and other Turkic peoples being close to me in many ways. I certainly don't feel that way towards Persians, Osetians and other Iranian peoples. And most of people in North Azerbaijan don't feel that way towards Iranian people either. That's the most important think. And this is even more important than language, culture and other stuff. This is a matter of self identification.

level 9
3 points · 1 year ago

So you gave no concrete reason besides you "feel closer to them".

The fact that everything about modern Turkish culture besides the nomadic lifestyle is built on existing Iranic culture is the inconvenient truth to people that aspire to some Pan-Turkic agenda Furthermore, genetically speaking Azeris are closest to other Iranians, especially Kurds.

It is an absurd idea that a European Turk who looks and acts nothing like his East Asian counterpart feels kinship with him. Put them all in the same room and the romantic idealism of that will quickly fade away.

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1 point · 1 year ago

So you gave no concrete reason besides you "feel closer to them".

Isn't language and culture enough. Also, when I go to Turkey, they are very hospitable to us because we are Azerbaijanis. I don't expect that from persians.

The fact that everything about modern Turkish culture besides the nomadic lifestyle is built on existing Iranic culture

No. And I'm not giving any counterarguments, as you gave no arguments to dispute them.

Furthermore, genetically speaking Azeris are closest to other Iranians, especially Kurds.

I said this on this here and some other subs before. Talking about genetic closeness as about a factor in a modern world is ridiculous (based on that Russians are closer to Balts and Scandinavians that to Slavs) and moreover, racist.

It is an absurd idea that a European Turk who looks and acts nothing like his East Asian counterpart feels kinship with him. Put them all in the same room and the romantic idealism of that will quickly fade away.

I have a lot of friends from Turkic World. And if you ask from most of the people in RoA, they would prefer to sit in one room with a Kazakh or an Uzbek rather that with a Persian. In fact I was sitting with Uzbeks in one room a number of times and my positive feelings about them never faded away. Moreover, we became good friends with them. Not feeling kinship with people because of their racial feature is racist.

By the way, it seems like you don't know much about diversity of Azerbaijani people. Did you ever meet people from Ganja-Qazakh area of Azerbaijan? They look very Asian. So what? Should I prefer sitting in one room with Persians rather that my own Azerbaijani people who just happen to look differently? Hell no! A lot of my friends are actually from Ganja-Qazakh region and I really love them, and I think they look cool! They are some of the most gorgeous looking people in our country which is because they are genetically different. But they consider themselves as Azerbaijani, they don't even view themselves as a separate group. And no one does. And if you think, you can't sit in one room with them, then I wouldn't sit in one room with you, regardless of your ethnicity or genetics.

level 4
2 points · 1 year ago

open up a coffee shop

Bad idea. There are already lots of coffee shops in the big cities. And in small cities they don’t drink coffee.

or a hostel

Good idea. Not so many hostels are available in the cities and the demand is high.

level 5
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1 point · 1 year ago

And in small cities they don’t drink coffee.

Seriously? Where did that stereotype come from? I mean seriously, I'm not an expert when it comes to our smaller towns.

level 2
0 points · 1 year ago

how's the living and economic situation currently in Azerbaijan

The living and economic situation is no different from that in any European country.

Is it an inviting place

Azerbaijan is known worldwide as a country of national, religious and ethnic tolerance and brotherhood. Come to Azerbaijan and see different nationalities live here peacefully, in the conditions of friendship and brotherhood. Azerbaijan is showing an example in this area.

is it easy to find work

Azerbaijani government constantly works on creating jobs. Over the past 10 years, more than a million permanent jobs have been created in Azerbaijan – about 1.3 million jobs in total. But the population is also growing. As the population grows, so does the need for jobs. The government is fighting unemployment, opening new enterprises, industrial sites and factories.

level 3
3 points · 1 year ago

Thanks for the response, it makes me happy to see your success. I can't wait to visit.

Things are going to get even better since I hear the price of oil is going to be bouncing back soon. Do you guys have many immigrants?

level 4
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1 point · 1 year ago

Do you guys have many immigrants?

Usually people migrate from Azerbaijan. Before it was mostly law wage workers and fruit sellers who migrated to Russia. Nowadays there's a new trend with small business owners migrating to Georgia where taxes are lower.

level 3
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3 points · 1 year ago

The living and economic situation is no different from that in any European country.

Eh? A European country like Latvia, Germany, Spain or Romania? I'd say that it's different from each of these four countries in many ways. And each of them are very different from each other in many ways. So, what do you meany by any European country

Azerbaijan is known worldwide as a country of national, religious and ethnic tolerance and brotherhood. Come to Azerbaijan and see different nationalities live here peacefully, in the conditions of friendship and brotherhood. Azerbaijan is showing an example in this area.

Do you understand that he is Azerbaijani himself?

Azerbaijani government constantly works on creating jobs. Over the past 10 years, more than a million permanent jobs have been created in Azerbaijan – about 1.3 million jobs in total. But the population is also growing. As the population grows, so does the need for jobs. The government is fighting unemployment, opening new enterprises, industrial sites and factories.

Did you even read what he had written before? He doesn't need any of that, he wants to open a small business.

level 1

Hi. Apart from knowing that Azerbaijan is a neighbor and has a formula 1 track (because I like F1), I have no knowledge of your country.

Here are some questions:

  • What are some embarrassing misconceptions about your country?

  • What makes your country so special to you?

  • What special events do you celebrate that the world knows little about and why?

  • How are you insured? Do you pay taxes? We DO pay taxes in Iran and we also have a universal health insurance :) We have 3 taxes that we pay for but none are as big as the US or Canada. We have an income tax of only 2%, property tax and product taxes. The property tax is very very small i.e. In the most luxurious place in downtown Tehran, per year, you pay an equivalent $150 only. Product tax started in late 2007 with around 3% but is now around 9%.

  • What is something weird that happens in your country in terms of a law or tradition or something?

  • How many ethnicities and languages are there in your country? We have around 70 different native backgrounds in Iran and 75 different languages. This makes Persian only for some of them; that's why if you go to our Sub and say "Persian" as a representative to all Iranians, it's offensive. We have balouchis, arabs, afghanis, and much more. A majority of Iranians are Persian, not Arab. I am a Persian and so are a lot of Iranians living abroad. I am sure you have heard when an Iranian immigrant calls themselves Persian in order to get away with saying Iranian, because frankly, they believe it has been smeared by politics and the media.

  • How is education in your country?

  • Can you share some music from your country?

  • Can you name your top 5 dishes from your country?

  • What do you like to change about your country?

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2 points · 1 year ago

What are some embarrassing misconceptions about your country?

The most common one is that Karabakh is a frozen conflict. It's not. The war was never over, people die in semi-regular shootings till this day.

Also, people who don't anything about our region associate us to much with Russia (by the way, many Iranians have this misconception), people who knows a little bit about our region associate us too much with Turkey and some other people associate us too much with Iran. I'm ok with being associated with Turkey, but to the extend. When people view us just as an extension of Turkey (by calling our language a dialect, for instance), it is just as embarrassing as when they view us just as an extension of Russia or Iran.

What special events do you celebrate that the world knows little about and why?

Novruz. But I'd say that it is well known in the region.

How are you insured? Do you pay taxes? We DO pay taxes in Iran and we also have a universal health insurance :) We have 3 taxes that we pay for but none are as big as the US or Canada. We have an income tax of only 2%, property tax and product taxes. The property tax is very very small i.e. In the most luxurious place in downtown Tehran, per year, you pay an equivalent $150 only. Product tax started in late 2007 with around 3% but is now around 9%.

I have insurance as it is required to study abroad. This made me think seriously about getting ensured just for myself one day. Most of Azerbaijanis don't have insurance, we just have kind of a public healthcare. I don't know much about taxation, I just know that most of the people get their salaries with taxes already taken out of them.

What is something weird that happens in your country in terms of a law or tradition or something?

By the way, this correlates with one of the misconception about us. Many Westerners think that because we are a Muslim-majority country we must be sexist and antisemitic and discriminate against women and Jewish people a lot. But I'd say that this is not the case, while our society is actually very ageist. Young people are probably the most discriminated group in the country and older people are considered to be almost exclusively right, just on the basis of their age.

How many ethnicities and languages are there in your country? We have around 70 different native backgrounds in Iran and 75 different languages. This makes Persian only for some of them; that's why if you go to our Sub and say "Persian" as a representative to all Iranians, it's offensive. We have balouchis, arabs, afghanis, and much more. A majority of Iranians are Persian, not Arab. I am a Persian and so are a lot of Iranians living abroad. I am sure you have heard when an Iranian immigrant calls themselves Persian in order to get away with saying Iranian, because frankly, they believe it has been smeared by politics and the media.

I've just found a list of 18 languages spoken in Azerbaijan and I found it extremely inaccurate. Some languages that are listed there are not actually spoken in Azerbaijan and some languages that are actually spoken are not listed. So, I'm not sure about the exact number. Here's an ethnic map, but it only includes relatively big communities and excludes the smaller once like Jek people.

How is education in your country?

There are quite enough of international schools. State system is way too test-based. There is a couple of fine universities. I could give a bigger answer on a more concrete question.

Can you share some music from your country?

In my opinion, this is the best music video this year so far while this was the best last year. This is a more traditional one. And this is Jazz.

Can you name your top 5 dishes from your country?

  1. Saj 2) Dolma 3) Khangal (many confuse it with Georgian Khinkali, but they are prepared and served completely differently, though the two main ingredients are the same) 4) Qutab (the same as Turkish gozleme, but our toppings are a bit different) 5) Dushbara (soup with tiny dumplings)

What do you like to change about your country?

Ageims, probably would be the one thing if I was allowed to chose. The rest of the things that I may not like seem to be curable by time.

level 3

Novruz.

I did not know that.....

I don't know much about taxation, I just know that most of the people get their salaries with taxes already taken out of them.

Do you have any income tax system?

Also, does your healthcare include dental and surgeries?

ery ageist. Young people are probably the most discriminated group in the country and older people are considered to be almost exclusively right, just on the basis of their age.

I think this case is the opposite of ageism

There are quite enough of international schools. State system is way too test-based. There is a couple of fine universities. I could give a bigger answer on a more concrete question.

Ok, let's say we are talking about post-secondary education. In Iran, you do something called a Konkoor, which is a University Entrance exam and it's one the of most hardest tests of your life. No matter what field you want to get into, you have to do this test in order to go to university. If you get a good mark in it, you can study in a public university for FREE! Graduated in a degree, hate it and want to get another one? No problem....study the konkoor again! Other than that, even in a shitty university, you can get a good enough education.

In my opinion, this is the best music video this year so far while this was the best last year. This is a more traditional one. And this is Jazz.

I liked the first song, thanks. Also, the traditional song was turkish. Is that what you speak?

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1 point · 1 year ago

Do you have any income tax system?

Sure we do, but as I said, I don't know much about it. I know that many people pay their income tax for their main job, but not for some additional earnings (which they should, but they don't register it).

Also, does your healthcare include dental and surgeries?

I think, it should include some dental and surgical services, but I don't know. I always go to private dentists.

I think this case is the opposite of ageism

Ageism is discrimination based on age. There are two types of ageism: Jeunism (discrimination against older people) and Adultcentrism (discrimination against younger people). Azerbaijani society is very adultcentric.

Ok, let's say we are talking about post-secondary education. In Iran, you do something called a Konkoor, which is a University Entrance exam and it's one the of most hardest tests of your life. No matter what field you want to get into, you have to do this test in order to go to university. If you get a good mark in it, you can study in a public university for FREE! Graduated in a degree, hate it and want to get another one? No problem....study the konkoor again! Other than that, even in a shitty university, you can get a good enough education.

I think, we have a similar system, but I'm not sure what you do if you want a second degree. Our system used to be named TQDK (I think they changed the name recently, but I'm not sure). Basically there something like four groups of subjects and you have to choose one of the groups in advance. Then you study for it for a few years, go through trials and do the test. Each faculty in each university requires you to get a certain mark to be accepted for free and a lower mark to be accepted not for free. I know for instance that the third group is the hardest one when it comes to history, but it's not very hard with math.

Also, the traditional song was turkish. Is that what you speak?

No, the song is in Azerbaijani. It's just that the two languages are very similar. And yes, I can speak some Turkish and read it. Writing is hard because of the apostrophes and some weird signs above letters, like â.

level 5

I always go to private dentists.

Is private healthcare as expensive as the US?

I think, we have a similar system, but I'm not sure what you do if you want a second degree. Our system used to be named TQDK (I think they changed the name recently, but I'm not sure). Basically there something like four groups of subjects and you have to choose one of the groups in advance. Then you study for it for a few years, go through trials and do the test. Each faculty in each university requires you to get a certain mark to be accepted for free and a lower mark to be accepted not for free. I know for instance that the third group is the hardest one when it comes to history, but it's not very hard with math.

Very similar indeed.

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2 points · 1 year ago

Is private healthcare as expensive as the US?

No, because we have public alternative.

Very similar indeed.

Well, I've oversimplified it, to be honest.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago · edited 11 months ago

deleted 0.6992 What is ^^^this?

level 1
3 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

آرنت یو گایز ژلی دت یو کن نو لانگر رید د مون‌رونز؟

Aren't you guys jelly that you can no longer read the moon runes?

level 2

Shouldn't it be ج instead of ژ in jelly?

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1 point · 1 year ago

I want to learn it. But I think that that the alphabet we have right now is the most optimal one and it shouldn't be changed. It just requires some standardisation here and there.

level 1

2nd series of Qs:

  • What differences and conflicts exist between Azerbaijan and it's neighbours?

  • Do you consider yourself to be european or asian?

  • Do you consider yourself to be nationalistic?

  • Does azerbaijan have any immigration and from where?

  • Which of these immigrants have difficulty with social integration?

  • Maryam Mirzakhani. Azeri or Iranian?

  • Exclusively: What kind of problem does Azerbaijan have with Iran?

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2 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

What differences and conflicts exist between Azerbaijan and it's neighbours?

The major one is with Armenia which occupies Karabakh and surrounding territories which are universally recognised as part of Azerbaijan. Local Azerbaijani and Kurdish population in the modern state of Armenia and the occupied territories became refugees and IDPs respectively. Today about 10% of Azerbaijan's population consists of refugees and IDPs.

We also have a dispute with Turkmenistan about resources in the Caspian Sea. But because we are both Oghuz Turks, this conflict remains political and doesn't translate into public enmity.

We also have some problems with the way Iran and Georgia are using Araz and Kura rivers respectively. This issue is not discussed that much, but it may create some problems in the future.

This are the long term stuff. Also, many people are pissed at Russia for treating our citizen inappropriately a couple of years ago. He killed a Russian guy in Moscow. And probably everyone in Azerbaijan agrees that he should be punished for that appropriately. But the thing is that Russian police together with Russian media made a show out of this process. This was really ugly. For a few days they were constantly discussing this on TV which made public angry. So, right wing nationalist went on the streets and started beating up people who looked Caucasian (from Caucasus region) and destroying business places of people from the Caucasus. Then the police brought the guy to show his face to the Minister of Internal Affairs while a few policeman were keeping him by hands. Ii remind you, this was just a regular murderer. Murders happen every day in Russia, but they've decided to highlight this issue on so many different levels. This was sick.

Do you consider yourself to be european or asian?

Neither.

Do you consider yourself to be nationalistic?

No. I would be a nationalist if we didn't have our own state. But we do have it. So, the I'm only nationalist in sense that I want us to have our own state. My views are generally left wing when it comes to stuff like taxation, healthcare, army, abortion, legalisation of weed and prostitution. And of course, as a Russian speaker I am for kipping schools for linguistic minorities. I think my views are more left wing that of most of Azerbaijanis.

Does azerbaijan have any immigration and from where?

Some teachers come from different countries. I had teachers from Britain, France and India. I once saw a Chinese lady selling stuff in a Bazar and I once saw Pakistani workers (which seemed very unusual to me). Many Turkish people work in restaurant and construction. We have ethnically Azerbaijani people cumming coming from some ex-Soviet countries. Especially from Georgia. However, nowadays there is a reverse trend when Azerbaijani people migrate to Georgia.

Which of these immigrants have difficulty with social integration?

There are not so many of them. So, I don't really know. Our math teacher from France pissed everyone off. One of the reasons was that he was openly pro-Armenian. I don't get why he even came with such view given that we are actually in the middle of a war. I heard a story about other teacher who had a similar situation.

Maryam Mirzakhani. Azeri or Iranian?

I have no idea. You better ask from her.

What kind of problem does Azerbaijan have with Iran?

Suppression of Azerbaijani language in Iran, negative portrayal of Azerbaijani people in Iranian media, Iran's economic support of Armenia, division of Caspian (actually we have this problem with all Caspian states and you do to, but our major problem is Turkmenistan), Usage of Araz river. Oh and we really hated Ahmadinejad. During his presidency you were constantly messing up with our flag on official visits. And we think you did it on purpose.

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So sorry, I just had time to read all my messages.

IDPs respectively.

what are they?

We also have a dispute with Turkmenistan about resources in the Caspian Sea. But because we are both Oghuz Turks, this conflict remains political and doesn't translate into public enmity. We also have some problems with the way Iran and Georgia are using Araz and Kura rivers respectively. This issue is not discussed that much, but it may create some problems in the future.

Why so much conflict? Is this normal?

This are the long term stuff. Also, many people are pissed at Russia for treating our citizen inappropriately a couple of years ago. He killed a Russian guy in Moscow. And probably everyone in Azerbaijan agrees that he should be punished for that appropriately. But the thing is that Russian police together with Russian media made a show out of this process. This was really ugly. For a few days they were constantly discussing this on TV which made public angry. So, right wing nationalist went on the streets and started beating up people who looked Caucasian (from Caucasus region) and destroying business places of people from the Caucasus. Then the police brought the guy to show his face to the Minister of Internal Affairs while a few policeman were keeping him by hands. Ii remind you, this was just a regular murderer. Murders happen every day in Russia, but they've decided to highlight this issue on so many different levels. This was sick.

I did not hear of this at all.

Do you consider yourself to be european or asian?

Neither.

As a nation I mean. I ask because the European Grand Prix for F1 is located in Baku and I was confused.

Do you consider yourself to be nationalistic?

I was talking about Azerbaijinis in total

We have ethnically Azerbaijani people cumming from some ex-Soviet countries.

hmm...

I have no idea. You better ask from her.

Well, I heard that an azerbaijani news station called her azerbaijani because she was an Iranian Azeri and people flipped their shits so I wanted to see what you guys thought.

Oh and we really hated Ahmadinejad. During his presidency you were constantly messing up with our flag on official visits. And we think you did it on purpose.

So what about Rouhani?

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what are they?

Internally Displaced Person. They aren't refugees, as they come from Karabakh and territories around it which are recognised as ours.

Why so much conflict? Is this normal?

If we don't count the Karabakh issue and the case in Russia, people don't care that much. We are mostly sympathetic to Georgian and Turkmen people.

As a nation I mean. I ask because the European Grand Prix for F1 is located in Baku and I was confused.

Still, neither.

I was talking about Azerbaijinis in total

There are many nationalists. In fact, untill the last elections there were no self-described left wing parties represented in the parliament. Though, I don't think that these self-described left wingers are real left-wingers.

hmm...

LOL

Well, I heard that an azerbaijani news station called her azerbaijani because she was an Iranian Azeri and people flipped their shits so I wanted to see what you guys thought.

So, was she ethnically Azerbaijani or no? Again, this should be asked from her. Here's an Azerbaijani source stating that according to Radio Liberty she says, she has no Azerbaijanis in her family. An article about her on Azerbaijani Wikipedia says that she's Iranian, but doesn't specify the ethnicity.

So what about Rouhani?

Not as bad as the previous one. We don't like him for promising opening schools in Azerbaijani language, as he didn't fulfill that promise. We know that it mus be because of Khameni, but still we angry that he got many Azerbaijani votes with that promise he knew, he couldn't fulfill. I heard that at least they teach Azerbaijani in some university now. But this is not even close to enough.

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Still, neither.

then what?

So, was she ethnically Azerbaijani or no? Again, this should be asked from her. Here's an Azerbaijani source stating that according to Radio Liberty she says, she has no Azerbaijanis in her family. An article about her on Azerbaijani Wikipedia says that she's Iranian, but doesn't specify the ethnicity.

Case in point, from the same source even

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2 points · 1 year ago

then what?

I don't wanna say Eurasian, as that is way too Russian thing to say. So, I'll say Turkic.

Case in point, from the same source even

I've worked in a similar news agency. They simply reprint each others news. I remember how hard it was when Karimov died and it was confusing, because we had different sources contradicting each other. In case of this site, they've recognised their mistake later, as I've shown. And by the way, I doubt that this recognition was posted on /r/iran as well.

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And by the way, I doubt that this recognition was posted on /r/iran as well.

it was not....

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Azerbaijan1 point · 1 year ago

We don't like him for promising opening schools in Azerbaijani language, as he didn't fulfill that promise.

http://en.trend.az/iran/society/2569990.html

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1 point · 1 year ago

This is about higher education (unis), not schools. Also, from that same article:

President Hassan Rouhani’s presidential campaign promised to protect ethnic minority rights, but have not yet matched his economic successes and achievements.

So far, Rouhani has not succeeded to realize his presidential campaign promises regarding teaching the ethnic mother languages of Iranians (Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Arabic, etc.).

The issue of establishment of the Academy of Azerbaijani language and literature in Tabriz that was also among Rouhani's promises during his campaign also remains unresolved.

Which is kind of what I meant.

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