This book was an effort by a group to summarize the materials that were used in teaching the Kazakh language tothe previous groups of American Volunteers who came to Kazakhstan. In compiling this book, we also took intoaccount the experience of previous generations of teachers of the Kazakh language.For new Volunteers coming to Kazakhstan, we realize that we must help you acquire the skills necessary for you tosurvive when you first arrive and then to use later on in everyday life. That is why we organized the book so thatyou can use it both in a course of studies and when you plunge into our life and language.The Introduction will supply you with some essential information about the Kazakh language. The core of the book covers the most essential topics of everyday life. The reference material at the end increases the size of the book, but
please don‟t be frightened. A great part of the book can be used later when you study the language independently.
Besides, there is a lot of information about our way, which will be useful to you.We are glad you have opened the book and hope as you turn over the last page, you will have acquired enoughlanguage to thrive in Kazakhstan.
This addition was developed to Volunteers‟ input. We would like to express our special thanks t
o our LCFs SaltanatAktanberlinova and Amantai Zhaichibekova, and also Ryan Giordano (Kaz-15 PCV), and Kris Norris (Kaz-16PCV).We invite you to make further suggestions for future consideration.We wish you good luck in your adventures across the ocean of a new life!
Lena Stepanova,Language CoordinatorAugust 2007
Many changes have been made to the original Peace Corps Language Manual. The largest and most timeconsuming of these changes was the updating of the manual to Word 2007 [docx] format, including a new table of contents, removal of all pictures and clipart, and reorganizing of headings. Some tasks were removed, particularlythose deemed too specific to Peace Corps training, in order to make this language manual more useable to a generalaudience.In addition, some more advanced grammar has been added in an addendum, including some practice texts. It ishoped that this updated manual will aid Peace Corps Volunteers and other high level students of the Kazakhlanguage.
Michael Hancock RPCV, Kazakhstan 2005-2007Summer 2009