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(Comments in bold are from someone who lives in Uzbekistan and speaks Russian).
Russian is the most commonly used language. Here are some important phrases:
Privet (pronounced priviet) hello
(Actually, the pronunciation is closer to "PREEV-yet." This is a greeting of familiarity, not something one would use with strangers. The more formal, and more common, hello greeting is DZVRAT - veets- yeh).
Kakdela (pronounced kakzila) how are you.
(Actually, it's pronounced kawk deh-law).
Kharasho( kharasho) ok fine
Normale --- ok
(Should be nor-MAL-nuh).
Poka (pucca) bye
(Should be pronounced pah-KAW).
Dosvedaniya(dosvedanya) good bye
Skolka ---- what price?
(Pronounced more like SKOY-kuh. It actually means "how much" or "how many," but can be used to ask a price.
One dollar is equal to about 1260 soums
(Currently - August '09 - about 1450 sum [pronounced "soom"] at official exhange rates, about 1800 at black market rates.
Credit cards are not accepted in most places so carry enough soums with you where ever you go