Uyghur is a Turkic language. It is spoken mainly by the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, a Central Asian region administered by China. From the the 16th century until the early 20th century, Uyghur was written with a version of the Arabic alphabet known as 'Chagatai'. During the 20th century a number of versions of the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets were adopted to write Uyghur in different Uyghur-speaking regions. However the Latin alphabet was unpopular and in 1987 the Arabic script was reinstated as the official script for Uyghur in China.

Map of Uighur language speakers.
Map of Uighur language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: about 10 million

Main Countries: China, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

Alternate names: Uygur, Uigur, Uighuir, Uiguir, Weiwuer, Wiga

ISO 639-3 Code: uig

Language Sample

Some proverbs in Uighur (Roman script):

Alemni su besip ketse, ödekning khaptiligha yetmeptu
Even if the world is flooded, the duck feels safe

Asta manghan tagh axar, yügürgen bagh
He who goes slowly gets over the mountain, he who hurries gets nowhere

Atkhan okh yanmas
Bullets never return

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Uighur:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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