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Chechen, The Language of Love

On Chechen Language Day, Aslan Doukaev, the director of RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service (and a trained linguist), talks about the particular challenges -- and deeply romantic side -- of his native tongue:

Chrystal Callahan, a Canadian model now hosting a weekly TV show in Chechnya, describes her own attempts to take on the Chechen language:

-- Daisy Sindelar

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