Published July 19, 2019
This video was recorded by Mereinur Tabuldin in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he teaches Kazakh on iTalki. Kazakh, also known as Qazaqsha or Kazakhstani, is the official language of Kazakhstan. The Kazakh people have their origins in medieval Turkic and Mongol tribes, with their name likely first appearing in the 15th or 16th centuries. The Kazakhs have been nomads throughout their history, based primarily in the steppes of northern China and parts of Central Asia, as well as occupying the Uralic Mountains. The founding of the Kazakh Khanate, which lasted from 1456 to 1848, had a great influence on the identity of the collective Kazakh tribes. The Kazakh language is closely related to the Turkic languages Nogai, Kyrgyz, and Karakalpak and, like each of these is agglutinative, employs vowel harmony, and generally freer word order. It is primarily spoken in Kazakhstan, but is a significant minority language in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture in Xinjiang, China (nearly two million speakers) and Bayan-Öglii Province of Mongolia, and spoken in Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and Germany.