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Language Overview

Kazakh, part of the Turkic language family, is the state language of Kazakhstan. It’s spoken by over 13 million people. It’s also spoken in parts of China, Russia, and Mongolia. Historically, Kazakh has been influenced by Russian, and more recently, English.
Market Insights
Digital media is rapidly growing in Kazakhstan, with a strong preference for social media and online streaming services. Younger audiences are particularly drawn to international content, while older generations prefer local TV and radio.
Cultural Context
In Kazakh culture, respect for elders and tradition is paramount. Language use varies significantly between urban and rural areas. There are three main dialects: Northeastern, Southern, and Western Kazakh.
Writing System and Typography
Kazakh traditionally used the Arabic script, then Cyrillic, and is transitioning to the Latin alphabet. Text flows left to right. Special attention is needed for typography to accommodate the Cyrillic and upcoming Latin scripts.
Phonetics and Phonology
Kazakh phonology is notable for its vowel harmony and distinct consonant sounds. Non-native speakers often struggle with the language’s vowel system.
Grammatical Structure
Kazakh generally follows an SOV (Subject-Object-Verb) structure. The language features agglutination, where words are formed by adding various affixes to a base.
Media and Text Layout
Translated text in Kazakh tends to contract by about 10%. Subtitles should maintain a limit of 35 characters per line. Voice-over and dubbing need to consider the rhythmic patterns unique to Kazakh.
Localization Challenges
Adapting content to reflect both traditional and modern aspects of Kazakh culture is a key challenge. Ensuring cultural appropriateness is crucial.
Technical Considerations
Kazakh content often requires dual-script support (Cyrillic and Latin). Compatibility with major software and platforms, especially in the transition phase to the Latin alphabet, is a consideration.
Other information
The Kazakh tradition of oral storytelling, particularly through epic poems called “jyrau,” is an integral part of the culture.
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