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Your First Words in Dari Posted by on Aug 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

In order to familiarize you with the Dari sounds and give you some absolutely essential vocabulary for your Dari, we have prepared a list of words that contains the words that you are most likely to use when you arrive in  Afghanistan or communicate in Dari. Sometimes knowing even one word in a language can help you make a friend. For instance, if you are able to say thank you to someone in their own language is far more interesting for both you and the other party than saying it through a translator. The other thing to always remember is that Afghans likes it when you speak even a few words of their language. So here are your first absolutely essential words in Dari, also watch the video for the correct pronunciation of these words.



Transliteration English Pashto 
Aab Water آب
naan Bread نان
Tashakor Thanks/thank you تشکر
motar Car موتر
Chaai Tea چای
Chawkee Chair چوکي
Passport Passport پاسپورت
Sard Cold سرد
garm Hot/warm ګرم
Maza daar Delicious مزه دار
gorosna Hungry ګرسنه
Ejaaza Permission اجازه
Aks Picture عکس
koja Where کجا
Az man mine از من
Tashnaab Bathroom تشناب
Bale Yes بلی
Nakhair No نخیر
Khoob Good خوب






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About the Author: Sayed Naqibullah

Sayed Naqibullah speaks Pashto and Dari as his native languages. Since 2004 he has been teaching Dari and Pashto and working as cultrual advisor to NGO workers, foreigners who live, work, or are visiting Afghanistan. Sayed has worked as a linguist for several companies that produce language course-ware. He has worked as a guide, interpreter and translator of a number of NGOs working in Afghanistan. Sayed is also a blog writer on Afghan culture and languages. He is the author of a Dari language textbook called “Dari as a Second Language”.