Do you speak Kazakh?

Hi everyone,

It is widely agreed that speaking Kazakh is essential for a successful integration in Kazakhstan. Do you agree? Share your experience!

Do you speak Kazakh? If so, where did you learn this language? Where can one attend a language course in Kazakhstan?

If not, how do you cope with daily activities? Is it easy to communicate in a different language with Kazakhstanis?

Thank you for sharing your experience.



As per my experience, 10-20% Kazakh people knows English language, Its not essential to speak Kazakh language to survive in Kazakhstan, I think Russian language is more easy to learn and speak and commonly used language in Kazakhstan. So try to learn some basic and common used words in Russian 1st. It will be much easier to communicate with local people.

Thanks and wish you pleasant stay in Kazakhstan.


"It is widely agreed ..."

Is it?

When a reasonable proportion of the citizens do not speak it at all well (even the president takes longer to make a speech in Kazakh than in Russian, making the requirement that you must have good Kazakh to be considered for post of president a poor joke), and it is not a language that has any use outside of Kazakhstan (even the president acknowledges the lack of usefulness of it), then Russian is by far a better language for use in Kazakhstan.

The divisive language law that has seen many qualified people leave Kazakhstan is ill-thought through and will come to bite them back.

Each country has its own national language and dialects. Kazakhstan is no exception to this. Kazakh is the national native language and Russian is the 2nd language.  although it is not classified as an international language but still it is the country's native language. But one cannot deny the fact that in practical sense, English and/or Russian is needed in order to do business in the CIS region as Kazakh language is only restricted to Kazakhstan in country usage.

A the current generation, many locals is still unable to speak Kazakh as compared to Russian but local schools are now progressing to teach Kazakh to the new generation. Kazakhstan must be weary not to deny English & Russian as the people will need it to do business with the outside world. Do not fall victim and learn from country like Malaysia where the Prime Minister tried to instill Bahasa Malaysia to all people and was embarrassed when his own ministers could not speak and understand English during a convoy to other country. And now education in Malaysia comes in 3 languages English, Chinese and Malay.

Communication need not necessary to be in the national language to get by. There are other ways to communicate. I have stayed here for 8 years, although I and many others including the locals do not speak the language but the people and myself have learned to adapt to the situation.  In short, it is still advisable to learn the language to communicate and live and work effectively & efficiently here.

One can learn the language here is language centers like Da Fang LLP which was set up to teach the three languages Kazakh, Russian and English. If you need more e=details abount the center you can send me your email address and I can forward it to you.

Little bit

I studied Turcology in university and we learn other Turkic languages, too in that department. I've been to Kz twice and spoke Kazakh everywhere in daily life. They appreciated it a lot. My first time was 4 years ago and second time was last year. I can say that using Kazakh in daily life increased even in that short time period.

Things have changed guys and now in many places we demand Kazakh. The Russian Speaking population is shrinking.

It's always good to have a basic knowledge commonly used as a national language in any country one is planning to relocate to, therefore Russian and Kazakh languages are use commonly in Kazakhstan. So it will be paramount to know any of the two languages to be able to communicate effectively but English Language speaking population is in increase since after the country's independent in 1991. Meanwhile, if you are an English speaking personal, you will be good to go in Kazakhstan.

Hello luckylanguagenerd3in1,

Welcome to!

Thank you for your input.

Members last participated in this thread in 2017. I invite you to browse on the Kazakhstan forum and to participate in more active threads.


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