Interesting Facts about Kazakhs

  • Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world
  • Medeo is the highest mountain skating rink in the world. 170 world records in speed skating were set here.
  • The first artificial satellite (Sputnik 1) and the first man (Yuri Gagarin) were sent into space from Baikonur cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan.
  • Timur Bekmambetov is a Kazak-Russian film director known for the vampire franchise Night Watch 2004) and Day Watch (2006).

Learn these everyday phrases!

  • Welcome: Qosh keldiniz!
  • Hello (General greeting): Salem!
  • How are you?: Kalaisin/Kalaisiz or Kaliniz kalai/ Kalin kalai?
  • I'm fine, thanks. And you?: Jaksi., rahmet.
  • Oziniz she/Ozin she?
  • What's your name?: Atiniz kim? (formal) or Atin kim? (informal)
  • Pleased to meet you: Taniskanima kuanishtimin!
  • Morning greeting: Kairli tan!
  • Afternoon greeting: Kairli tun!
  • Evening greeting: Kairli kesh!

Why Learn A World Language?

  • In the increasingly globalized world, the knowledge of a world language becomes an indispensable skill important not only for individual enrichment, but also for the broadening employment opportunities.

  • According to a study from the University of Chicago, knowledge of a world language helps you boost decision-making skills.

  • Students who study world languages score higher on standardized tests, as a study from York University in Toronto showed. Students who study a world language for at least one year score an average of 38 points higher on the SATs.

  • Knowledge of a world language increases your chances of landing a good job, as the recent poll of The Economist showed. An MIT study shows that people who know two or more languages earn an average of $128,000 more over their lifetimes.

  • Learning a second language has compelling health benefits, as suggested by a study from York University in Toronto that connects prevention of the onset of dementia with foreign language learning.