Amir Tenizbayev
When one person meets another for the first time in Kazakhstan (e.g. in shop or restaurant), does he When one person meets another for the first time in Kazakhstan (e.g. in shop or restaurant), does he usually speak in Kazakh or in Russian? That depends. If you’re in the city, Russian is the default language of communication between locals, especially of different ethnicities. Almaty for example, the largest city, is very diverse. You’ve got Russians, Kazakhs, Uyghurs, Koreans and others all living in one place. Kazakhs will often greet each other in Kazakh, but Russian would be your best bet, especially if you’re talking to a non-Kazakh. Many older local Russians for example, are not fluent in Kazakh. My Russian grandparents living in Almaty barely speak a word of Kazakh and they’ve got by fine in their 80+ years of living there. Nonetheless Kazakhs will appreciate it greatly if you speak their language, especially as a foreigner, so I highly suggest learning at least some basics if you’re visiting :) In the countryside outside Almaty and Astana however, things are different. Some village dwellers are largely monolingual, and you may come across Kazakhs outside Almaty that have a poor command of Russian. I’ve heard this is especially true in the far south of the country towards Shymkent. https://www.quora.com/When-one-person-meets-another-for-the-first-time-in-Kazakhstan-e-g-in-shop-or-restaurant-does-he-usually-speak-in-Kazakh-or-in-Russian
Jul 5, 2019 10:53 PM