Ever since we moved to Bishkek last fall, I've noticed that I hear so much more Kyrgyz on the street than I did in 2005/6. Of course, I live in a different part of town than I did then, and Kyrgyz would be more expected here, but even when I'm in other parts of the city, I hear Kyrgyz all the time.
It's gotten to the point where I
realized today that I am getting more listening practice with
Kyrgyz/Uzbek/Uyghur than with Russian. Of course everyone speaks
Russian to me, and I speak back in Russian, but if I'm not involved in
the conversation or if my husband is speaking with someone, it's
Kyrgyz/Uzbek/Uyghur. I can't really say much in any of those languages
but I understand quite a bit, probably similar to what I can do with
I have lots of theories why Kyrgyz would be more common here today, but whatever the reason, I do like hearing it when I go out.