Kazakh – National transliteration system

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Kazakh virtual keyboard

The Kazakh virtual keyboard allows you to enter characters with a click of your mouse. There’s no need to change your keyboard layout anymore. The transliteration of each supported character is displayed on the right side of the character. You can then directly transliterate your text from one script to the other according to the selected transliteration system.

Language overview

Kazakh (қазақ тілі in Cyrillic, transliterated in qazaq tili in Latin alphabet) belongs to the Turkic language family, more specifically to the Kipchak languages branch. Official language in Kazakhstan, it is also spoken in the Altai Republic of Russia, and in the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang, China. The Kazakh language counts about 15 million speakers, and can be written in Cyrillic, Latin and Arabic script. However, since october 2017, a presidential decree in Kazakhstan ordered an expanded version of the Roman alphabet to have replaced the Cyrillic script by 2025.

Transliteration system: national

On October, 26 2017, the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has passed a decree to make effective the switchover of Khazakh from the Cyrillic script to the Latin alphabet by 2025. However, the proposed system is not unambiguous: some Latin characters can be represented by several Cyrillic characters (for instance, и and й are both transliterated by i’), and other Cyrillic characters have no equivalent in Latin alphabet, like ц or щ.


Kazakh: A Comprehensive Grammar Kazakh: A Comprehensive Grammar
by , editors Routledge (2016)
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Colloquial Kazakh Colloquial Kazakh
by , editors Routledge (2015)
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Parlons Kazakh : Kazakhstan Parlons Kazakh : Kazakhstan
by , editors L’Harmattan (2015)

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Other supported languages

The other supported languages are: Abkhaz, Adyghe, Altai, Armenian (eastern, classical), Armenian (western), Azerbaijani (Azeri), Bashkir, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Carrier, Cherokee, Chuvash, Georgian, Greek, Ingush, Inuktitut, Japanese, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Moldovan, Old Church Slavonic, Ossetian, Russian, Serbian, Tamazight, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Vai, and Yakut.

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