"Latin alphabet is an important step to develop relations with the Turkic speaking countries"
The transition to the Latin script will allow Kazakhstan to reach a new level of development and actively integrate into the world community. According to Kairat Sarybai, Kazakh Ambassador to Austria, the new alphabet is an important step to develop relations with the Turkic speaking countries and many other states. The Latin script is used everywhere in the world.
KAIRAT SARYBAI, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRIA:
- Of course, this work won’t be done in one day. In my opinion, the transition gives us an opportunity to return to our roots and history. In fact, previously we had used the Latin script. An important moment is that our society supports the transition to the Latin alphabet. This process gives us the opportunity to actively promote our culture and spiritual values in the world. Definitely, I think that this transition will allow us to take a worthy place in the world.
Linguists say that the transition to the Latin alphabet will help strengthen a position of the language and increase the country's competitiveness in the world community. According to scientist Mukhambediya Akhmetov, besides training teachers, it is necessary to publish and distribute educational literatures, dictionaries and manuals in the Latin script.
MUKHAMBEDIYA AKHMETOV, HEAD, STATE LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE POLITICS DEPARTMENT, ASTANA MEDICAL UNIVERSITY:
- It won’t be difficult for me and especially for doctors to switch to the Latin script. All terminology and titles are written in Latin. As you might know, the Latin script is recognized all over the world. Kazakhstan’s transition to a new alphabet opens up great prospects for the country. The transition to the Latin alphabet is one of areas of linguists’ activity who should develop new spelling rules of this script.