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