The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation is an international news source website, written in the Kirghiz language. This makes it a perfect resource for Kirghiz language learners as individuals can use it to sharpen their language skills. This is given the fact that it is possible to translate the news in Kirghiz to other languages such as English, Russian, French and Hungarian. This means that if there is something that you do not understand on the website, you can always switch to reading the news in your native language. This is much easier than having to look up words in a dictionary. Reading news in the Kirghiz language will help learners to gain a mastery of different vocabularies in the language, as well as understand the grammatical structure of the language.
Kirghiz is also written as Kirgiz, Qyrghiz or Kyrgyz. It is a Turkic language that is officially spoken in Kyrgyzstan. It is also spoken in Kazakhstan, China, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Mongolia, and Pakistan. It is spoken by a total of 4.5 million people, out of which approximately 2 million of the speakers are based in Kyrgyzstan. Apart from Kirghiz, the other language that is spoken in Kyrgyzstan is Russian. The language has 2 dialects: northern and southern. The standard Kirghiz language is based on the northern dialects. The northern dialect was influenced by the Kazakh language, while the southern dialect was influenced by the Uzbek language, Persian and Tajik. The Cyrillic alphabet has been used to write the Kirghiz language since 1940. Before that, the Arabic script was used, which was later on replaced by the Unified Turkic Latin Alphabet. A Latin alphabet was briefly introduced in the 20th century.
Some people tend to confuse Kirghiz and Kazakh. While Kirghiz is the standard term used to refer to the people in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakh is spoken by the people in Kazakhstan. Kazakh has previously been referred to as Kirghiz, Kazakh-Kirghiz and Kirghiz-Kaisak. There is a degree of mutual intelligibility between Kirghiz and Kazakh. Instruction in secondary school level in Kyrgyzstan is done using the Kirghiz language. There are newspapers, journals and books that have been published using the Kirghiz language. There are also TV and radio programs that are broadcast in Kirghiz.