Astana, Kazakhstan, 9th April 2015: In partnership with the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan, Knowledge Partners, Exclusive Country Partner of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. USA, in the Republic of Kazakhstan, launched the Kazakh to English online dictionary of more than 27,000 words. The announcement launching this comprehensive online dictionary was made at the WORLDDIDAC exhibition in Astana by Manish Wahie, Managing Director, and Knowledge Partners LLP: “We are very proud to be associated with the launch of this online dictionary. As a responsible corporate entity, Knowledge Partners is committed to Kazakhstan’s mission of making itself a Knowledge Economy. Comprehensive Encyclopaedia Britannica World class product offerings, which include English Language Lab, e-Library, Digital Learning Resources, and Curriculum text books will enable the students of Kazakhstan to compete with their peers worldwide.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Aleisha Woodward, Counselor for Press, Culture, and Education at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, said: “This is a part of our efforts to support English instruction and learning across Kazakhstan. This country has made an ambitious goal to become a trilingual society and we want to do all we can to help achieve that goal. This dictionary is a wonderful tool and we were pleased to help create it. This digital platform, which will be available 24×7 on any internet enabled device, will allow Kazakhstanis to quickly and easily incorporate English in their daily personal as well as professional lives. The U.S. Embassy is grateful to Knowledge Partner LLP, for generously hosting the dictionary on their platform.”
In an effort to support President Nazarbayev’s vision of a ‘Knowledge Economy’ in which the majority of the population is able to speak English the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan worked with the Institute of Economic Strategies – Central Asia (Институт экономических стратегий – Центральная Азия) over a four-year period to create this dictionary. Dozens of Kazakh and American scholars, students, and editors helped to translate into English the wealth of words and expressions of the Kazakh language. The dictionary was completed in July 2014. Knowledge Partners is now making this important resource available to the general public.
The online dictionary is available free of cost from the official website of Knowledge Partners.