Turkic Languages

Hi there, I thought that it is a good idea to start a topic about the Turkic languages. I am an unofficial ambasador of the Turkic languages on the social networks. :slight_smile:

Today I want to talk about the Telenget (Teleut) language which is spoken by the Altay people, located in the south of the Altay Area, in Russia. It was the language of literature and religion until the Soviet Revolution. Today, it is spoken by 2500 native speakers. This language is a Turkic language. It’s such shame that the language is dying slowly.

While reading the following poem in this language, I feel like I am talking to a 2000 years-old man. This language is so pure!

Have fun! Later!

Teleut (in cyrill alphabet, English translation, in latin alphabet, Turkish translation)

Mother’s Words

Кöбöк, Кöбöк, кöл кечет,
Köbök, Köbök, is crossing the lake,
Köbök, Köbök, köl keçer
Köbök, Köbök, göl geçer

Кöмÿр аласы суу кечет.
Is crossing a charcoal(?) river.
Kömür alası süü keçer
Kömür alası su geçer

Кöбöктең артык эр туулса,
If a man better than Köbök is born,
Köbökten artık er tuulsa
Köbökten artık (iyi) er doğarsa (doğsa)

Теңис кечире мост салсын.
He will build a bridge across the ocean.
Tenis keçire most salsın
Deniz geçen köprü yapsın

Myrat’s Reply

Эки ташты колтыктанып,
Holding two stones in my armpit,
Eki taştı koltıktanıp
İki taşı koltuklanıp

Теңисти кечкен, Мырат мен!
I crossed the ocean, Myrat is my name!
Tenisti keçken, Mırat men
Denizi geçen Mırat ben

Йаңыс ташты колтыктанып,
Holding one stone in my armpit,
Yanıs taştı koltuktanıp
Yalnız (tek) taşı koltuklanıp

Йайыкты кечкен, Мырат мен!
Crossed the Ural (River), Myrat is my name!
Yayıktı keçken Mırat men
Ural’ı geçen Mırat ben