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Astana, Kazakhstan • 23 August 2022

American Students Learning Kazakh? Just Ask Moldir

Fulbright scholar mastering pronunciation and making baursaks for her students

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“I am lucky that I won the Fulbright scholarship because it is given to only one or two people every year. I found out about this program on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan. There was also a great professor named Valerie Sartor at Karaganda Buketov University who was a ‘Fulbrighter’ herself. While I was working as an English and Chinese teacher at KarSU, she inspired me to apply to Indiana University specifically.”

How Americans learn Kazakh

Kazakh vs. American students

Nauryz in Indiana

"Some of them are: ‘why are you all so different?’ while looking at pictures of Kazakhs, ‘why do you all know Russian?’ when they hear me speak Russian, ‘where is Kazakhstan?’ since American schools don't talk much about Central Asia in geography class, ‘does everyone in Kazakhstan speak English as perfectly as you do?’ when they hear me speak English. But my least favorite one of all is ‘Is the movie Borat accurate?’”

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