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Five Tips for Reading Pashto Script Posted by on Jan 28, 2013

Pashto 1. The unique letters: Pashto adopted the Arabic alphabet and added some extra letters to accommodate for the sounds that are unique to Pashto.  In order to read the Pashto script correctly you need to be able to pronounce these letters correctly. The following are the letters that are unique to Pashto. You can…

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Pashto Alphabet: The Third Family Posted by on Jun 15, 2010

Before we get going onto the next part of the Pashto alphabet, let’s review the first two major families. First, “alef”: ا   alef Remember that “alef” is a non-connecting letter, with only two forms – isolated and final. It is very recognizable because it shows up in Arabic, too. … First Family – As you…

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Pashto Alphabet: Step III Posted by on May 26, 2010

To continue where we left off last time, we’ll start with the next family of letters: se: ث Transliteration: s “se” is the sixth letter in the Pashto alphabet. As with most Pashto letters, “se” is normally joined to the letters that precede and follow it. Therefore, “se” has four forms: isolated, initial, medial, and…

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The Pashto Alphabet: Step II Posted by on May 25, 2010

Let’s review the first five letters by going into detail with each of them. This will give you context as to how to use these letters for writing and reading. alef / alif : ا Transliteration: a, aa The letter “alef” is the first letter in the Pashto alphabet. It is also one of the…

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Learning the Pashto Alphabet Posted by on May 24, 2010

The Pashto Alphabet The Pashto language is an extension of the Arabic alphabet. Pashto script always runs from right to left, the opposite of English. An important thing to remember is that most Pashto letters connect to the letters preceding and following them, just as in English cursive writing. Therefore, letters often change shape depending…

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