Abkhaz language belongs to the West Caucasian (Abkhaz-Adyg) group of the Caucasian language family. The closest to it is the Abaza language and they are related to the Adyg, Kabardino-Circassian languages, as well as the now extinct Ubykh. The Abkhaz language is one of the oldest and archaic languages of the world, which has survived to this day. The alphabet of the Abkhaz language consists of 64 letters: 56 consonants, 6 vowels, as well as two signs - a soft sign and a labialization sign.
Viacheslav Chirikba, Chairman of the Bagrat Shinkuba Abkhaz Language Foundation, member of the Supreme Council of the WAC, spoke about the methods of preserving the Abkhaz language using the example of the Wales experience in the UK.
Continuing the series of articles on how to learn the Abkhaz language, the WAC web information portal publishes material on teaching Abkhaz at the Bosphorus University and classes at the national centers of Turkey.
WAC web info portal set out to find out where in Abkhazia today one can learn the native language, what are the features of each of the methods, and whether it is necessary to act “on all fronts”.
More than 20 participants of the London dernek attend Abkhaz language courses, which are conducted by a student from Abkhazia.
Teacher of the Abkhaz language at the Abkhaz Cultural Center in Istanbul Dali Sandzawa told our correspondent about her students and shared that the main problem today is the lack of good textbooks, and admitted that, watching the progress of her wards, she is now firmly convinced that one can learn Abkhazian from scratch even in adulthood.