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How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Kazakh & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Kazakh. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. This can be really useful if you’re speaking with someone from Kazakhstan or if you’re travelling there. 

Kazakh is the official language of Kazakhstan and also a recognised minority language in Mongolia and parts of China. It is spoken by approximately 22 million people worldwide.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Kazakh

The way that you say ‘how are you?’ in Kazakh depends on the situation.

In formal situations use:

How are you?Қалыңыз қалай?Qaly-nyz qa-lai?

In informal situations, such as with friends, use:

How are you?Қалайсыз?Qalai-siz?
How are you?Қалайсың?Qalai-sin?

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Kazakh

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youРақметRah-met
I’m fineжақсымынJaqsy-mun
I’m fine (alternative)жақсыJaq-suh
I’m not goodмен жақсы емеспінMen jaq-suh emespin
I’m sadмен мұңдымынMen mundimin
I’m tiredШаршап тұрмынShar-shap turmyn
I’m happyмен бақыттымынMen baqit-timin

Check out this video to hear the pronunciation of some of these phrases. It also includes some additional phrases:

It’s also useful to know how to say ‘and you?’ or ‘what about you?’ to find out how someone else is if they ask you.

And you? (formal)Өз қалыңыз қалай?Ooz qaliniz qalai?
And you? (informal)Өзің қалайсың?Oozin qalai-sin?

Check out this video to hear the pronunciation:

Example Conversation:

Person 1: Qalaisin? (How are you?)

Person 2: Jaq-suh, rah-met. Oozin qalai-sin (I’m fine, thank you. And you?)

Person 1: Jaq-suh (I’m fine)

Thanks for reading this post. 

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Kazakh and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go wrong with these simple phrases.

Increase your vocabulary further by learning how to wish someone a happy birthday in Kazakh.

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