Colloquial Kazakh provides a step-by-step course in Kazakh as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Kazakh in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Key features include:

  • progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises
  • realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios
  • useful vocabulary lists throughout the text
  • an overview of the sounds and alphabet of Kazakh
  • additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues.

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Kazakh will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and for students taking courses in Kazakh.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

chapter |8 pages

The sounds of Kazakh

chapter 1|14 pages

Танысқаныма қуаныштымын!

Glad to meet you!

chapter 2|16 pages

Сіз қайдан боласыз?

Where are you from?

chapter 3|14 pages

Сіздің отбасыңыз үлкен бе?

Is your family big?

chapter 4|21 pages

Италияданмын, бірақ қазір Алматыда тұрамын

I am from Italy, but I now live in Almaty

chapter 5|16 pages

Сапарыңыз сәтті болсын!

Have a nice trip!

chapter 6|15 pages


Business trip

chapter 7|12 pages

Алматыда жаңбыр жауып тұр

It is raining in Almaty

chapter 8|13 pages

Наурыз құтты болсын!

Happy Nowruz!

chapter 9|12 pages

Біздің үйге қонаққа келіңіз

Please come and visit our home

chapter 10|13 pages

Қазір әзір

Ready to serve

chapter 11|16 pages

Бұл менің өлшемім емес

It is not my size

chapter 12|18 pages

Біз тұрған қала

The city we lived in

chapter 13|14 pages

Барлығы өзгеше болатын

Everything used to be different

chapter 14|18 pages

Ауырып қалдым

I fell sick