Kyrgyz, also spelt Kirghiz, is primarily spoken in Kyrgyzstan, with additional speakers in China, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and other nearby countries. As a Turkic language, its has similarities in grammar and vocabulary to Turkish, although its closest relative is Kazakh - speakers of Kazakh and Kyrgyz can understand each other. Kyrgyz has been written with the Perso-Arabic script in the past and still is in China, but the Cyrillic script has been official in Kyrgyzstan since 1940, despite attempts to move across to the Latin alphabet.Learn Kyrgyz with uTalk
There is a Kyrgyz saying: 'The value of your homeland is known once you’re in another place'.
The Kyrgyz proverb 'Балыкчыбалыкчыныалыстантааныйт' means 'a fisherman sees another fisherman from the distance', or 'birds of a feather stick together'.
Like other Turkic languages, Kyrgyz verbs have special conjugations to show whether or not the speaker has witnessed the event being described.
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