Tatar is the official language of the
Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation). The post-Soviet
Tatarstan is a dynamically developing republic with extensive
international relations. It is rich in oil and natural gas and is
struggling to achieve vigorous economic growth and a stable business
Tatar is spoken by approximately 7 million people throughout the
world. Outside of Tatarstan, there are large populations of Tatars
in the Volga region, Siberia, Moscow, St. Petersburg and other
regions of Russia, as well as in newly independent states, such as
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and
Azerbaijan. The Tatar diasporas live in Finland, Romania, Bulgaria,
Turkey, Sweden, Norway, the United States, Australia, China, Japan,
and other countries.
Tatar belongs to the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family.
Originally written in the Arabic script, Tatar now uses the Cyrillic
alphabet. Modern literary Tatar language preserves the traditions of
a language that was a universal means of communication for Tatars,
Bashkirs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyzes and many other Turkic people.
Knowledge of Tatar can
be both your bridge to the world of Turkic languages and cultures
and an asset for your professional career.