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Kazakh

Kazakh is used in Kazakhstan and parts of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


top Kazakh using the Cyrillic Alphabet

The Cyrillic alphabet is officially used for Kazahk in Kazakhstan and the Bayan-Ölgiy Province in Mongolia. It is also used in Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It was introduced by the Soviet Union in 1940.

[Kazakh using the Cyrillic Alphabet]


top Kazakh using the Latin Alphabet

The Latin alphabet is unofficially used by Kazakhs in Turkey, Germany, the US, and other Western countries. As with other Central Asian Turkic languages, the Latin alphabet was implemented for Kazakh by the Soviets and used from 1927 to 1940 when it was replaced with Cyrillic.

[Kazakh using the Latin Alphabet]


top Kazakh using Arabic Script

Arabic script is officially used for Kazakh in the Altay Ili and Kazakh Autonomous Prefectures of China. It is also used in Iran and Afghanistan. It is a modified version based on the Arabic script used for Kazakh before 1927.

[Kazakh using Arabic Script]


Language information at Wikipedia and Ethnologue

Writing system information at Wikipedia and Omniglot

Alternate names for Kazakh include Kaisak, Kosach, and Qazaq


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