Gagauz love poem
Сенин суратыны айнада гёрерим,
О беним эн гюзел шиирим,
Ама, хызлы ол нечин ани о кайбелер,
Сана битки кере сёйлерим "Бян сени бенерим"
In latin letters
Senin suratin aynada gorerim,
O benim en güzel şiirim,
Ama, hızlı ol neçin ani o kaybeler,
Sana bitki kere söylerim "Ben seni benerim"
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Translation of my love poem into Gagauz language (Gagauzi, Maritime Gagauz, Maritime Gagauzi, Bulgar Gagauz, Bulgar Gagauzi, autonym: Gagauzça, Gökoğuzca). Gagauz is the Turkish language of the descendants of the Cumans. There are no more than 200,000 people likely to understand my little poem translated into this Oghuz language.
Gagauz is a language close to Turkish, but with some peculiarities, developed in contact with the Slavic languages.
Gagauz speakers reside mainly in the south of the Republic of Moldova, where they represent less than 5% of the population, but where 90% speak the language. Others are in Ukraine, in the Oblast of Odessa, and in Russia ... even if in Russia, they dont use a lot their language, except to speak with their family in Moldova.
The Gagauzes of the former Soviet Union began to emigrate at the end of the 18th, and at the beginning of the 19th century, from Bulgaria to Bessarabia, where they are today in numbers. Today, in Bulgaria, their number is particularly small.
It was not until 1957 that the literary language was created in Moldova, but its teaching will really start after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Today, Gagauz is one of the official languages of Gagauz Yeri (Gagaouziya), an autonomous region in southern Moldova. It is taught there ... and if some books, and newspaper articles have been published in Gagauz, its use remains very very discreet among the population, and Russian remains the language, in which write the inhabitants of Gagauz Yeri.
Gagauz people & Her
Gagauz are Christians, who speak a variety of Turkish. They live in Gagauzia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Eastern Bulgaria, in the regions of Varna, Balcik and Bessarabia.
The origin of the Gagauz people is uncertain and debated. Some believe that the Gagauz ethnic group was born from a mixture of Kipchak (Kuman and Petcheneg), and Oghuz populations from northern Bulgaria. Others believe they are descendants of Seljuk Turks (Oghuz) who came from Anatolia to Bulgaria in the 13th century. Still others claim that they are of Bulgarian descent.
The ethnonym Gagauz is also very much discussed. Is it origin, the name of a 13th century sultan "Kaykā'us"?
She is Gagauz, she still wears from time to time, in red and white her beautiful traditional clothes, without forgetting her jewels, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, set with gold and pearls.