Reading the blog of Gulzhaina I got the insight to continue the discussion of the status of Kazakh language. This topic seems to be as old as the hills, but still is a burning issue for many Kazakhstani citizens.
I agree with Gulzhaina that even Kazakh language is a state language its status among Kazakhstani people is still low, especially young people prefer learning three foreign language instead of learning one state language. And the most distressing thing is that people are not willing to learn the state language. However, criticizing and blaming people for not showing a desire to speak Kazakh will not bring us any use. Here we need totally different tools and methods to solve this problem.
I have noticed that most of the Media in Kazakh is a priori sententious and educating. Take any public person in Kazakhstan who speaks let’s say ideal Kazakh, he or she is for sure a national patriot and this is how they show it – each of their speech is full of pieces of advice on how our people should talk, dress and behave. I think it is extremely dull and tedious. As for me, I am sick and tired of hearing that Kazakh people must speak Kazakh, unless they are not patriotic. With the help of our Media I get the sense that Kazakh language is a language of an ‘ideal’ person, who is a highly-moral and well-mannered. It creates the feeling that Kazakh language is something sacral and sometimes you are even afraid to speak it because of the possibility to make a mistake. Maybe it is the reason why people are not minded to start speaking Kazakh?
I believe that all the efforts of the government and individuals interested in promoting Kazakh language should be directed on raising the attractiveness of Kazakh language. We need to understand that Kazakh language is not anymore the language of only Kazakh people, but all Kazakhstani people, since it is a state language. Currently, all the new releases of broadcast movies, bestseller books or popular TV series our people watch and read in Russian and never in Kazakh, because there are no any translations in Kazakh. Let’s make Kazakh language the language of good quality modern movies, music, TV shows and magazines and then it would become attractive and accessible for all Kazakhstani people.
I am proud of our country, our ancestors and we have just a fascinating history, but time flies and we should adjust to a new time with new standards and demands. Kazakh language needs to be the language of the 21st century with all its beautiful imperfections and weirdness.
What are your thoughts? How can we en masse promote Kazakh language?