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Say it in Kazakh

The following words and phrases may be useful to you when visiting Kazakhstan:

Greetings

Good morning! – Qayirly Tan!
Good Afternoon! (formal) – Salamatsyz ba!
Good evening! (formal) – Qayirly Kesh!
Good night! (informal) – Qayirli tyn!
How are you? – Qalynyz Kalai?
My name is… – Menym atym…
It is nice to meet you. – Sizben tanyskanyma ote kuyanyshtymyn.
I am from the United States of America. – Men Amerika Qorama Shtattarynanmyn.

Common questions and phrases

Can you help me? — Magan komek korsete alasyz ba?
Thank you! – Rakhmet!
Excuse me! – Keshiriniz!
I don’t understand. – Tusinbedim.
Do you speak English? – Syz aglshynsha soileisesiz be?
What time is it? – Sagat kansha boldy? or: Sagat nishe?

Where is…?

Where is…? – … qaida?

  • … a hotel? – Konak yui qaida?
  • … a restaurant? – Meiramkhana qaida?
  • … a library – Kitapkhana
  • … a hospital – Aurukhana
  • … a pharmacy – Darikhana
  • … a movie theater – Kinoteatr
  • … a museum – Murazhai
  • … a grocery store – Azyk tylik dukeni
  • … a post office – Pochta bolymshesi
  • … a restroom – Daretkhana
  • … the nearest bus stop – Zhakyn zherdegi avtobus ayaldamasy
  • … the taxi stand – Taksi toragy
  • … the train station – Temir zhol vokzaly
  • … the airport – Auezhai
  • … a parking lot – Avto turak

Dining

Can I have an English language menu? – Sizde dastarkhan mazere aglshyn tilinde barma?
What would you recommend? – Ne aludy usynasyz?
Can I have the bill please? – Bizben eseptesinizshi
Water, please. – Magan su akelenyz.
Do you have …? – Syzde … barma? (The noun goes in the middle.)

  • beef – siyr eti
  • lamb — koi eti
  • chicken — tauyk
  • vegetables — kok-unyz
  • dessert — tatti tagham

I would like… – … zhegim kelip tur (The noun goes in the beginning.)

  • … an ice cream – Balmuzdak zhegim kelip tur.
  • … a cold drink – Salkyn susyn zhegim kelip tur.

Breakfast – Tanghy as
Lunch — Tuske as
Dinner – Keshke as
Food – Tamak

Grocery Store

Where can I find meat? – Kaizherde yet satady? (The noun goes in the middle.)
Where are the vegetables? – Kaizherde zhemister satady?
Where do I find milk and eggs? – Kaizherde sut zhene zhumyrtka satady?
Bread – nan
How much is this? – Bul kansha turady?
How much is this in U.S. dollars? – Bunun bagasy kansha dollar turady?

Bank and Post Office

What is the exchange rate today? – Bugunge aiyrbastau bagasy neshe?
Where is the nearest post office? – Zhaqyn mangda pochta bar ma?
I want to send some money. – Aqsha salaiyn dep edim.
Credit Card – Kredit karta
Cash – Aksha

Worship

Where is…? – … qai zherde? (The noun goes first.)

  • … a mosque – Meshit
  • …a church?– Shirkeu
  • …a synagogue?– Sinagoga
  • …a Buddhist temple?– Buddisterdin gibadatkhana

Recreation

Where is the park? – Sayabaq kai zherde?
Where can we go fishing?– Balyk aulauga qaida baruga bolady?
Where can we go hunting? – An aulauga qaida baruga bolady?
Where can we go hiking? – Tabigatka qai zhakka bargam durus?
We like… . – Biz … onatamyz.

  • mountains – taugha shykkandy
  • beaches – suga sholylgandy
  • historical sites – tarikhi zherlerge bargan

How much for the ticket? (at the movies) — Billettin kuni kansha?
Where is the museum? – Murazhai qai zherde ornalaskan?

Accommodations

I want a hotel not far from the city center. – Magan kala ortalygyna zhakyn qonaq ui kerek.
I want a single room (a double room). – Magan bir oryndyk (eki oryndyk) bolme kerek.
I have a reservation. – Magan bulme dayindalyp koilgan.
Can someone take my bags to the room? – Menin zattarymda bulmege aparuga komektese sizbe?
I don’t like my room, can I have another? – Magan bul bulme unamaidy, magan baska bulme beresizbe?
I need more pillows and blankets. – Magan zhastyk pen korpe kerek.
Is there an Internet connection in the room? – Bulmeden internetke bailanysa alamynba?
When is check out time? – Kai uakytta konak-uiden shigu kerek?
Do you take credit cards? – Kredit kartamen yeseptese alamynba?