Krymchak (‍Кърымчах тыльы)

Krymchak is a Turkic language spoken by about 100 Jews of Turkish origin on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. Krymchak belongs to the Kypchak group of Turkic languages and developed from Crimean Tatar and is sometimes referred to as Judeo-Crimean Tatar. It contains numerous loan-words from Hebrew loan-words.

Krymchak was written with the Hebrew alphabet before the Soviet era, then in the 1920s and 1930s it was written with a version of the Latin alphabet known as the Uniform Turkic Alphabet. Since then it has been written with the Cyrillic alphabet.

Krymchak alphabet (Кърымчах алфавити)

Krymchak alphabet

Information about Krymchak pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text in Krymchak

Булут къап-къара, сэн нэге давранайсынъ?
Нэге ачылгъан кӧклерде долашайсынъ?
Нэге къарартайсынъ ярых кӱнлерны?
Нэге йыгълатайсынъ частлы аваны?..


Bulut qap-qara, sän näge davranaysıñ?
Näge açılğan kӧklerde dolaşaysıñ?
Näge qarartaysıñ yarıh künlernı?
Näge yığlataysıñ çastlı avanı?..


The last one of clouds of scattered a tempest,
Just single you're flying in azure, the prettiest,
Just single you're bringing the sorrowful shade,
Just single you're saddening day that is glad.

Krymchak translation by B. Baginski-Gurdzhi of "The Cloud" by Pushkin.

Sample video in Krymchak


Information about the Krymchak language

Turkic languages

Altay, Äynu, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Chagatai, Chelkan, Chuvash, Crimean Tatar, Dolgan, Fuyu Kyrgyz, Gagauz, Karachay-Balkar, Karaim, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Khakas, Khorasani Turkic, Krymchak, Kyrgyz, Nogai, Old Turkic, Qashqai, Salar, Shor, Soyot, Tatar, Teleut, Tofa, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Urum, Uyghur, Uzbek, Yakut

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet

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