The Kazakh language is actually part of the Turkic language family. It is spoken in the country of Kazakhstan and the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in China. The language is also spoken sparingly in Uzbekistan, Mongolia, and Afghanistan. Another dialect called Kipchak-Uzbek has many similarities to Kazakh. Some consider the dialect to be part of the Kazakh language.
The writing system of Kazakh has undergone many changes over its life. Until the 1900s, it was written with Arabic script. However, the written language changed to Latin script around 1917. It changed to Cyrillic script two decades later. Kazakhstan changed back to Latin script beginning in 2017 with changes to the spelling.