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Also called: Kicruli; Gruzinic

Caucasian Kartvelian language spoken in Israel and Georgia, by a total of 80,000, of which 60,000 live in Israel.
The language is only spoken by Jews, that through history formed isolated communities across Georgia. The Israeli presence is from modern day immigration from Georgia, in particular since the 1970's.
Georgian and Judeo-Georgian is mutually intelligible. No consensus has been formed about whether Judeo-Georgian constitutes a separate language from Georgian, or should be considered a dialect primarily characterized by a number of Hebrew loanwords, as well as some from Aramaic.
In modern Israel, Judeo-Georgian is rapidly losing ground to Hebrew.

By Tore Kjeilen