Kazakhstan Takes Decisive Step Toward Adopting the Latin Alphabet

Children in Kazakhstan learn the English alphabet in July 2017. The new-look Kazakh alphabet will be identical to the English alphabet, except for the lack of the letter “x.” The goal is ostensibly to create a neater fit between the written and spoken Kazakh language, as well as to make learning English easier. (Photo: Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Education)

Kazakhstan’s long-awaited transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet may be on the verge of happening.
 

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Aktan Rysaliev is a pseudonym for a journalist working in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Takes Decisive Step Toward Adopting the Latin Alphabet

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