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Kyrgyz phrasebook

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Kyrgyz phrasebook

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Kyrgyz is a language spoken by 4 million people primarily in Kyrgyzstan and, to a lesser extent, in adjacent regions such as Kazakhstan, Xinjiang (China), Uzbekistan, & Tajikistan. In Kyrgyzstan, the language is co-official with Russian, which is the predominate language used in urban areas (especially Bishkek) while Kyrgyz is predominate in rural areas and small cities/towns. It is a Turkic language and has many similarities with languages such as Turkish, Tartar, Kazakh, Azeri, & Uzbek. As a result of close ties culturally and economically, Kyrgyz has become increasingly mutually intelligible with Kazakh in recent decades.


The alphabet used for Kyrgyz was originally an Arabic script followed by a 20th century conversion to Roman script, much like the Arabic-Roman switch in other Turkic languages. However, cyrillic script was forced on the language by the Soviet government (as they did with all other Turkic languages) and cyrillic remains the alphabet used today by the overwhelming percentage of Kyrgyz speakers except in China, where Arabic script is the official script imposed by Chinese authorities.

Cyrillic Arabic (initial) Latin
А а ا A a
Б б ب B b
В в ۋ V v
Г г گ G g
Д д د D d
Е е ه Ye ye
Ё ё يو Yo yo
Ж ж ج J j
З з ز Z z
И и ي İ i
Й й ي Y y
К к ك K k
Л л ل L l
М м م M m
Н н ن N n
Ң ң ڭ Ñ ñ
О о و O o
Ө ө ۅ Ö ö
П п پ P p
Р р ر R r
С с س S s
Т т ت T t
У у ۇ U u
Ү ү ۉ Ü ü
Ф ф ف F f
Х х ح X x
Ц ц تس C c
Ч ч چ Ç ç
Ш ш ش Ş ş
Щ щ -- Şç şç
Ъ ъ --
Ы ы ى I ı
Ь ь --
Э э ه E e
Ю ю يۋ Yu yu
Я я يا Ya ya

Pronunciation guide



Common diphthongs

Phrase list


Salamun aleykum. ( )
Hello. (informal
Merhaba. . ( )
How are you? 
Nasilsen? ? ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Yahsiyem. ( )
What is your name? 
Adin nader ? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
Menim adim ______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Tanistegmise memnon olim. . ( )
Lutfen. . ( )
Thank you. 
Tesekkur ederem . ( )
You're welcome. 
Hoskeldin. . ( )
Evet . ( )
Heyir . ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
Ozor dilerem . ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Perdon . ( )
I'm sorry. 
Uzginim . ( )
Gule gule . ( )
Goodbye (informal
Beybey . ( )
Imdat  ! ( !)
Good morning. 
Yahsi sabah . ( )
Good evening. 
Yahsi oglen . ( )
Good night. 
Yahsi gece . ( )
Good night (to sleep
Yahsi uykolar . ( )
I don't understand. 
Men anlamadim. . ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Hela narada ? ( ?)




Clock time




Writing time and date



Bus and train










Learning more

A 325 page PDF document covering the Kyrgyz language, originally created for US Peace Corps volunteers in Kyrgyzstan, is available to view and download here.

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