Azerbaijani is sometimes known as Azerbaijani Turkish. The language is mainly spoken in Azerbaijan, although there are also parts of Iran, Georgia, Russia, and Turkey where it is spoken among Azerbaijani communities. In total, it is actually estimated there are over 30 million speakers of Azerbaijani.
In general, the language is pronounced as it is written. Up until 1991, Cyrillic script was used when writing in Azerbaijani; however, in that year, the Azerbaijan government switched to the Latin alphabet.
The language is a Turkic language and provides a foundation for learning other languages in that family, such as Uzbek, Uighur, and Kazakh.