German-Kyrgyz dictionary in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

A new German-Kyrgyz dictionary presentation was held in Zhusup Balasagyn Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on March 26. Teachers, students, graduate students participated at the presentation of the two-volume German-Kyrgyz Dictionary.

Dictionary, compiled under the guidance of Professor Pamira Kadyrbekova contains about 70.000 words and phrases and includes concepts from the field of literature, science, culture, politics, economy, sports and public life. The creation of two volumes took 15 years.

“I worked over the dictionary in co-authorship with KNU teachers – Venera Molkubatova, Kubat Osmonakunova and Saira Osmonova, – says Pamira Kadyrbekova. – In Soviet times there were pocket German-Kyrgyz dictionaries with 15,000 words, but it was impossible to find them. Our students used German-Russian dictionary under the editorship of Olga Moskalskaya and a dictionary of Elina Leping-Strakhova. The new dictionaries, probably, will be provided for German teaching schools, in German departments of universities and libraries. Total size of edition is 200 copies”

Ambassador of Germany in Kyrgyzstan Holger Gran expressed his joy at the fact that many people who came to the presentation of the dictionary, express interest in the German language. According to him, it is impossible to muitually understand each other without language, and that the language is a bridge of understanding between countries.

Teachers of German, in turn, called the publication of German dictionary “important event” and expressed the hope that in future its circulation will be increased.