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The transition from Cyrillic to Latin script affect only the Kazakh language, the Russian language is not affected. In an interview with RIA Novosti said the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Russia Ermek kosherbayev.
According to him, the authorities took the decision to transfer the alphabet solely for practical reasons. “It’s a gradual process, which will be of a purely scientific and philological character. Moreover, the Russian language will retain the status of an official language in Kazakhstan, which is enshrined in our Constitution,” said kosherbayev, assessing the impact of reforms.
The diplomat said that the Russian language will continue to be used in the country on a par with the Kazakh language at all levels. “We believe that the knowledge and use of two languages is a competitive advantage of Kazakhstan in a globalized world”, — concluded the Ambassador.
On 3 June the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev has said that the authorities intend to reform thoughtfully, without artificial acceleration, based on the experience of the Central Asian States. He added that the translation into Latin would affect only the Kazakh language and does not affect the position of the Russian language.
In April 2017, the then President of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed the government to draw up a timetable of the transition Kazakh alphabet to Latin. “In 2018 we need to train professionals to teach and produce textbooks for high school. In the next two years it is necessary to carry out all organizational and methodical work,” he said.
Nazarbayev added that completely abandon the Cyrillic Kazakhstan needs by 2025. According to him, the new alphabet will help to modernize the society will facilitate communication with the outside world, will help kids quickly to learn English.
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