Kazakh language courses available abroad
Kazakh delegation took part in the 28th international language conference in London. Kazakh was presented at the conference for the very first time. The conference participants were able to learn a bit of Kazakh. Mohan Gupta learnt how to greet in Kazakh. He also learnt much about Kazakhstan, in particular, about the world’s fair to be held in Astana next year.
Mohan GUPTA, RESIDENT OF LONDON:
I’ve been in London 50-60 years. And I have travelled a little bit around the world. I’m making true something solid here in London. And if I can promote Kazakhstan, that will be better.
The conference has allowed the participants to not only present their native languages, but their culture too. Students from Kazakhstan read Abai’s poems and played national instruments. The visitors found the sounding of dombra and kobyz particularly impressive.
DON WEBSTER, RESIDENT OF LONDON:
I liked the musical instruments. Well, the buildings attracted me then, and the older buildings, the colorful buildings and some of the modern buildings as well. It is very interesting. I am very interested to see the cities. And the countryside is very beautiful.
Chinese students are also studying Kazakh. Classes are held at the training centers of foreign languages at universities in Shanghai, Beijing and Dalian. Students here study Kazakh, as well as learn the culture, history and traditions of Kazakhstan. The next year another such center will open in the city of Xi'an.
XE WEINING, STUDENT:
In the near future I’m planning to enroll in one of the Kazakh universities for a doctorate program. Therefore, I am studying the Kazakh language. I love it. I already know how to express my thoughts.
KHANSHAIYM KARABAEVA, INSTRUCTOR, BEIJING FOREIGN STUDIES UNIVERSITY:
At first, there were only about 10 people at the Kazakh language courses. But now there are more people. There are students of different nationalities: the Uighurs and the Chinese, even the Kazakhs. They are trying hard to learn the language.
More and more people in Europe and Asia are interested in learning the Kazakh language. Often they are also interested in traveling to Kazakhstan, learning about the Kazakh culture and customs.