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Question Words in Pashto Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in language, Uncategorized

Question words are some of the most commonly used words in a language. And this is true with the Pashto language too.  The use of the question words in Pashto is very simple and by only knowing the question words and the “to be” verbs you can make simple sentences. Here we will teach you all the question words and their usage.

In Pashto the question word comes at the beginning of a sentence if the subject is not used. If the subject is used in the sentence, then the question words come after the subject of the sentence. Since the subject of the sentence in Pashto is usually omitted, the question word is usually the first word in the sentence.

The following is the list of question words in Pashto:

English                     Pashto         Transliteration

What                                        څه                 Tsa

Who                                      څوک                 Tsook

Where                                 چېرته                chaerta

When                                څه وخت                tsa wakht

Why                                        ولې                 walae

How much                        په څو                  pa tsoo

How                                       څنګه                 tsanga

The following is a short list of vocabulary that we will be using to make example sentences.

This                دا         daa

You           تاسې          taasae

Is                  دی          day

You are   یاست          yaast

Kind       مهربان          mehrabaan

He/she      هغه         hagha

Examples:

  1. Daa tsa day?  دا څه دی؟  what is this?
  2. Ahmad chaerae day?  احمد چیرې دی؟  Where is Ahmad?
  3. Daa pa tsoo day?       دا په څو دی؟How much is this?

Please watch the following video for the correct pronunciation of the words and more example sentences.

 

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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”.


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  1. Janana01302017 Janana:

    May I asked. What is english translation of this Wallah. Da. Talajay. Chargoore. rana. Jor. Shaw. D…???