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Chechen is spoken in Russia's Chechen Republic, located in the Caucasus with its capital at Grozny. Together with the closely related Ingush language (the two are for the most part mutually intelligible), it constitutes the Eastern branch of the Caucasian family of languages. There are about 750,000 speakers. As in Kabardian and other Caucasian languages, the alphabet contains the additional letter I.

Chechen is spoken/used in Russia

Language Family
Family: Caucasian
Subgroup: Eastern

Copyright © Kenneth Katzner, The Languages of the World, Published by Routledge.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample


From the depths of the mountains gush the ice-cold springs,
But he doesn't fill his lean stomach there.
Rather he descends to the depths of the ravine and drinks from a warm puddle.
The wooded slope is bordered by rising fresh blue grass,
But he doesn't fill his noble belly there.
Coming out below the wooded hills, he listens carefully,
Anxious to av oid the dreaded hunter's gun.
Licking his long body with his slender tongue,
Sharpening his branched antlers on the flinty shore,
Striking his spotted hind leg on the planes tree's root,
Pointing his ears forward, tossing his antlers onto his back,
Climbing high on the hill, bellowing to the does,
How many stags walk without their mates?
And are there not many lads besides us of whom the same is true?

The Stag (Chechen folk song)

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