(also Azeri, Azari, Azeri Turkic, Azerbaijani Turkic) is a language
belonging to the Turkic language family, spoken in southwestern Asia,
primarily in Azerbaijan and northwestern Iran. Azeri is member of the
Oghuz branch of the Turkic languages and is closely related to Turkish. Check out Funky Turkish if you'd like to learn Turkish as well.
literature in Azeri was formed in 14th century based on the Tabrizi
and Shirvani dialects (these dialects were used by
classical Azeri writers Nasimi, Fuzuli, and Khatai). Modern literature
in the Republic of Azerbaijan is based on the Shirvani dialect only,
while in Iran it is based on the Tabrizi one. The first newspaper in
Azeri, kinçi was published in 1875.