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Kazakh song of gestures stole American heart

The story starts with Aaron Bean who volunteered in 2011 to be a part of Peace Corps in Kazakhstan and fell in love with a deaf Kazakh girl Botagoz Usenova.

Kazakh song of gestures stole American heart
Photo © Vladimir Dmitriev
Harry Potter to speak Kazakhsha in 2014

The Harry Potter series will be translated into Kazakh in 2014.

Harry Potter to speak Kazakhsha in 2014
Photo © Yaroslav Radlovski
Nazarbayev calls Kazakhstan to learn English

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has called Kazakhstan citizens to be tolerant and learn English.

Nazarbayev calls Kazakhstan to learn English
In Spain, even toddlers learn Chinese for job hopes
In Spain, even toddlers learn Chinese for job hopes

"Xiang jiao! Banana!" says Fu Huijuan, beaming as she waves the fruit in front of her three-year-old pupil, Leon, at a Madrid nursery school.

In Spain, even toddlers learn Chinese for job hopes
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©Marat Abilov
Kazakhstan President calls people to learn English and eye Chinese and Russian for future

President Nazarbayev has called Kazakhstan to follow the example of India, Singapore and Malaysia and develop three languages - Kazakh, Russian and English.

Kazakhstan President calls people to learn English and eye Chinese and Russian for future
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©Marat Abilov
Kazakhstan’s President calls not to discriminate in terms of languages

Only Kazakhstan out of the entire post-Soviet space was able to maintain a culture of multiple languages: President Nazarbayev.

Kazakhstan’s President calls not to discriminate in terms of languages
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Kazakhstan to introduce language competency tests such as IELTS for public servants to measure their eligibility for trainings abroad

Some public servants sent abroad for trainings are short of the needed language competency: Chairman of the Agency for Public Service.

Kazakhstan to introduce language competency tests such as IELTS for public servants to measure their eligibility for trainings abroad
Over 200 languages lost in diverse India, study finds
Over 200 languages lost in diverse India, study finds

More than 200 languages have vanished in India over the last 50 years, a new study says, blaming urban migration and fear among nomadic tribes of speaking their traditional tongues.

Over 200 languages lost in diverse India, study finds
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Kazakhstan citizens called to improve Google Translate

Kazakh-speaking citizens who know English are welcome to contribute to development of the service.

Kazakhstan citizens called to improve Google Translate
Russia’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Gregory Karassin. © RIA Novosti
Development of national languages in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is not to the detriment to Russian language: Russia’s Foreign Ministry

Russia has been paying special attention to language-related issues as post-Soviet states are still home to millions of ethnic Russians: Russia’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Gregory Karassin.

Development of national languages in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is not to the detriment to Russian language: Russia’s Foreign Ministry
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Youths vie for top US spelling honor

The 86th annual National Spelling Bee kicks off Tuesday with 281 youngsters from eight nations putting their ability to spell some of the most obscure words in the English language to the test.

Youths vie for top US spelling honor
Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo courtesy of nazarbayev2011.kz
President Nazarbayev on the role of Kazakh language

Today the main factor that “cements together” the nation is Kazakh language: President Nazarbayev.

President Nazarbayev on the role of Kazakh language
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Astana entrepreneurs learning English for EXPO 2017

All Kazakhstan companies are advised to have at least one representative who speaks English for EXPO 2017.

Astana entrepreneurs learning English for EXPO 2017
Phiwayinkosi Mbuyazi. Photo courtesy of miningweekly.com
Zulu goes high-tech

When a middle-aged South African engineer recently set out to write a novel in his native Zulu, he found himself hamstrung by a lack of words to describe modern life.

Zulu goes high-tech
Son Pascal. Snapshot of Zhanym Sol video
Italian musician sings in Kazakh

Italian musician Son Pascal presented his new song and video called Zhanym Sol in Astana.

Italian musician sings in Kazakh
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Google Translate to add Kazakh language by end of 2013

Google Translate+Kazakh project was presented in Kazakhstan.

Google Translate to add Kazakh language by end of 2013
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Google Translate to add Kazakh language

A presentation of Google Translate+Kazakh project to add the Kazakh language to Google Translate was held in Astana.

Google Translate to add Kazakh language
Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo courtesy of nazarbayev2011.kz
Kazakh language transiting to the Latin alphabet has nothing to do with the nation’s political preferences

Some people groundlessly regard the decision as a sign of Kazakhstan’s political preferences changing: President Nazarbayev.

Kazakh language transiting to the Latin alphabet has nothing to do with the nation’s political preferences
Erlan Karin, spokesman of the Nur Otan ruling party. © Yaroslav Radlovsky
Planned shift to the Latin alphabet will contribute to popularity of Kazakh language

A special working group is to be formed shortly to gather suggestions and recommendations and outline a plan of further actions, including development of a new font and rules of its use.

Planned shift to the Latin alphabet will contribute to popularity of Kazakh language
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS
Kazakh strongman backs switch to Latin alphabet

Kazakh strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday called for a modernisation drive to turn the energy-rich Central Asian country into of the world's most developed, including a switch to the Latin alphabet.

Kazakh strongman backs switch to Latin alphabet