I had been only in Almaty so I cannot compare with the rest of the country but being the biggest and most populated city you can get an idea.
|This text is in Kazakh language. The "K" is different.|
Being honest, you won’t get very far with English or another European languages. You must have at least a basic knowledge of Russian language to survive. Being able to read Cyrillic alphabet will help you a lot. You won’t find many people with languages skills, not even young people. And they are usually not nice if you are lost and ask them in English. During my stay I meet only 6 people who were able to speak English, 5 of them from the couchsurfing network. And one taxi driver who spoke a few words of French (but still not enough French to explain me why he spoke some French).
|What should I order now? I can just understand tea or coffee|
Russian is the most spoken language with the new government doing a lot of effort to implement Kazakh language at school, together with English. Kazakh language uses the Cyrillic alphabet as the Russian, but they have some extra letters. That's how I could recognize when something was written in Kazakh or Russian (Still I can try to read but not understand).
|Street name. Even Google Maps gets lost here sometimes.|
You really need to love to be in a place where no Latin alphabet is , otherwise it can be a little bit frustrating. But for me is motivation and I was learning a lot of Russian every second (not other chance!).
|Instructions about how to reach the top of Medeu mountain. Very useful if I could understand.|
|Forbidden things to do...I will just not do anything, just in case...|