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Bashkir/Bashkort (Башҡорт теле / Başqort tele)

Bashkir is a member of the Kypchak-Bolgar group of the Turkic languages. It is spoken by about 1.5 million people mainly in the Republic of Bashkortostan, in other parts of the Russian Federation, including Chelyabinsk, Orenburg, Perm, Kurgan, Samara, Saratov, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen regions, and also in Tatarstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan.

Bashkir first appeared in writing in a Runic alphabet during the 9th century AD. It was written with the Arabic alphabet between the 10th century and 1928, when it was replaced by the Latin alphabet, which itself was replaced by the Cyrillic alphabet in 1940.

Runic alphabet for Bashkir

Runic alphabet for Bashkir

Arabic alphabet for Bashkir

Arabic alphabet for Bashkir


Arabic alphabet for Bashkir provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Cyrillic alphabet for Bashkir (башҡорт әлифбаһы)

Cyrillic alphabet for Bashkir

The letters in blue are used in Russian loanwords and names.

Latin alphabet for Bashkir (Başḳort latın älifbahı)

Latin alphabet for Bashkir

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Information about the pronunciation of Bashkir compiled by Wolfram Siegel with improvements by 이윤호 and Haqmar

Sample text in Bashkir (Cyrillic alphabet)

Барлыҡ кешеләр ирекле, дәрәжәләре һәм хоҡуҡтары тигеҙ булып тыуалар. Улар аҡыл һәм выждан эйәһе һәм бер-береһенә ҡарата ҡәрҙәшлек рухында хәрәкәт итергә тейештәр.

Sample text in Bashkir (Latin alphabet)

Barlıq keşelär irekle, däräjäläre häm xoquqtarı tiñ bulıp tıualar. Ular aqıl häm vıjdan eyähe häm ber-berehenä qarata qärźäşlek ruxında xäräkät itergä teyeştär.

Translation by Haqmar


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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