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Useful phrases in Chechen

A collection of useful phrases in Chechen, a North East Caucasian language spoken mainly in Chechnya in the Russian Federation.

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Key to abbreviations: m = said to males, f = said to females, pl = said to more than one person

English Нохчийн мотт (Chechen)
Welcome Марша вагIийла хьо (Marşa vaġiyla ẋo) - m
Марша йагIийла хьо (Marşa iyaġiyla ẋo) - f
Марша дагIийла шу (Marşa daġiyla şu) - pl
Hello (General greeting) Салам (Salam)
How are you? Хьо муха ву? (Ẋo muxa vu?) - m
Хьо муха ю? (Ẋo muxa yü?) - f
Шу муха ду? (Şu muxa du?) - pl
Reply to 'How are you?' Со дика ву, баркалла. хьо муха ву?
(So dika bu, barkalla, ẋo muxa vu?) - m
Со дика ю, баркалла. хьо муха ю?
(So dika yu, barkalla, ẋo muxa yu?) - f
Тхо дика ду, баркалла. шу муха ду?
(Txo dika du, barkalla, şu muxa du?) - pl
Long time no see Дукха хан ю хьо ганза (Duqa xan yü ẋo ganza)
What's your name? Хьан цIе хIун ю? (Ẋan ċe hyn yü?)
My name is ... Сан цIe ... ю (San ċe ... yü)
Where are you from? Мичара ву хьо?
(Miҫara vu ẋo?) - m
Мичара ю хьо?
(Miҫara yü ẋo?) - f
Мичара ду шу?
(Miҫara du şu?) - pl
I'm from ... Со ... ву (So ... vu) - m
Со ... ю (So ... yü) - f
Тхо ... ду (Txo ... du) - pl
Pleased to meet you Хьо гайна хаза хетта
(Ẋo gayna xaza xetta)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Iуьйре дика йойла (Jüyre dika yoyla)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Суьйре дика йойла (Süyre dika yoyla)
Good night Буьйса дика хуьлда хьан (Büysa dika xülda ẋan)
(Parting phrases)
Іан дика йойла (Jan dika yoyla)
Марша Iайла! (Marşa jayla!)
Good luck! Ирс хилийла хьан (Irs xiliyla ẋan)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Маршалла! (Marşalla!)
Have a nice day Де дика хуьлда хьан (De dika xülda ẋan)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
ГIоза яийла ахь! (Ġoza yaiyla aẋ!)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Марша гІойла! (Marşa ġoyla!)
Yes ХIаъ (Haə)
No ХIан-хIа (Han-ha)
Maybe Хила тарло (Xila tarlo)
I don't know Суна ца хаа (Suna ca xaa)
I understand Со кхита (So qita)
I don't understand Со ца кхита (So ca qita)
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again Юхаала хьар ахь (Yuxaala ẋar aẋ)
Please write it down Яздан хьар ахь (Yazlan ẋar aẋ)
Do you speak English? Ахь ингалс мотт бийций?
(Aẋ ingals mott biyciy?)
Do you speak Chechen? Ахь нохчийн мотт бийций?
(Aẋ noxçiyn mott biyciy?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
ХIаъ бийц цхьан жимма
(Haə biyc cẋan ƶimma)
How do you say ... in Chechen? ... нохчех муха олу (noxçex muxa olu)
Excuse me Суна бехк ма билла (Suna bexk ma billa)
How much is this? ХІара мелнаха ю (Hara melnaxa yu)
Sorry Бехк ма билла (Bexk ma billa)
Thank you Баркалла (Barkalla)
Reply to thank you Массара (Massara)
Where's the toilet? Ара мичахь ю (Ara miçaẋ yu)
This gentleman will pay for everything ХIара стага (Hara staga)
This lady will pay for everything ХIара зуда (Hara zyda)
Would you like to dance with me?  
I love you Суна хьо дукха веза (Suna ẋo duqa beza) - m
Суна хьо дукха веза (Suna ẋo duqa beza) - f
Суна шу дукха деза (Suna şu duqa deza) - pl
Get well soon  
Leave me alone!  
Help! Орца! (Orca!)
Fire! ЦІе ю! (Ċe yu!)
Stop! Саца! (Saca!)
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings Керлачу шарца (Kerlaču şartsa)
- Happy new year
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings Вина де декъала хуьлда хьан
(Wina de deqil xilda ha) - m
Йина де декъала хуьлда хьан
(Yina de deqil xilda ha) - f
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
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Translations provided by Zamzam Haddad

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