Ingush is part of the small family of Nakh-Daghestanian or Northeast
Caucasian languages spoken by about 230,000 people in Ingushetia and Uzbekistan.
The Ingush call themselves Ghalghaaj and their language Ghalghaai
Mott. The name Ingush comes from the village of Angusht where the Russians
first encoutered Ingush speakers.
Ingush was originally written with a version of the Arabic alphabet. Between
1923 and 1937 it was written with the Latin alphabet. The Cyrillic alphabet
was adopted in 1938, and a new version of the Latin alphabet was adopted in 1992.
Cyrilic alphabet for Ingush
The letters in blue are only used in Russian loanwords and names.
Some songs in Ingush provided by Магомет
Албаков (Magomet Albakov)