Word for the Travel Wise (09/01/06)

Kyrgyz FlagWith this first take on the Kyrgyz language here on Gadling I’m sure some of you are wondering where the heck I get the nerve teaching something you’ll probably never ever use. Some of you might be scratching your head wondering where exactly Kyrgyzstan is located and what one would do if he/she ever found their way in the country. My solution and answer to your question: First pocket this word for a special occasion. You never know when you might run into a person of Kyrgyz descent, especially in New York. Secondly, check out some of Neil’s fine pieces in our Kyrgyzstan category. That should be a good start for now.

Today’s word is a Kyrgyz word used in Kyrgyzstan:

kechiresiz – excuse, pardon me, or sorry

Kyrgyz also known as Kirghiz is spoken by about 3 million people. The lang is a northwestern Turkic language and together with Russian it is the official language of the country of Kyrgyzstan. It is also spoken in parts of China, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Turkey. Check out Wikipedia for background info. In regards to learning online you’ve picked a toughie if you’ve decided on making Kyrgyz your second tongue. This Learning Kyrgyz blogspot page hasn’t been updated in ages, but it may have some helpful links and words of advice for persons eager to learn. If you’d like to learn by listening try the BBC in Kyrgyz. My online suggestions will stop there for now. I picked this word out of my Central Asia phrasebook from LP. Pick one up for yourself!