Transition to the Latin script will strengthen the Kazakh language
According to the professors of the Kyzylorda State University, the transition to the Latin script will strengthen the Kazakh language. They claim that this reform will preserve the features of the spelling and phonetics, and simplify the Kazakh alphabet.
ZHENIS SADUAKASULY, PHD IN PHILOLOGY, PROFESSOR:
- First of all, we need to re-train the linguists, teachers and professors. Then we need to establish language training centers. We should preserve the peculiarities of the Kazakh language, to ensure the correct spelling of the words and pronunciation.
AMAN ABASILOV, PROFESSOR, PHD CANDIDATE IN PHILOLOGY:
- Transition to the Latin script was discussed 6-7 years ago and it was relevant. In my opinion, this step is essential today. This is a requirement of the time which is about keeping the features of the Kazakh language, world integration and development of opportunities. Because to the Latin alphabet, our younger generation will have more opportunities.
Kazakh nationals living overseas are also discussing the transition of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin script. According to Malabakan Bezeritkhan from Germany, he became aware about the introduction of the Latin alphabet in Kazakhstan on the 5th world kurultai of Kazakhs in Astana. The representative of diaspora supports the President’s idea and considers this an important step.
MALABAKAN BEZERITKHAN, MEMBER OF KAZAKH DIASPORA IN GERMANY:
- I support Kazakhstan’s transition to the Latin alphabet. Many countries have successfully adopted the Latin script. Kazakh communities across the world can have access to the Kazakh literature. Also the country’s economy and politics take advantage. Regarding us, Kazakhs and our children, who have lived in Europe for a long time, we can read in Latin. Cyrillic alphabet is very difficult to understand. Of course, now with Kazakhstan’s transition to the Latin alphabet, Kazakhs living abroad can read books in Kazakh and will know their native culture and won’t lose their national identity.