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Your First Words in Pashto Posted by on Aug 17, 2011 in language, Uncategorized

 In order to familiarize you with the Pashto sounds and give you some absolutely essential vocabulary for your Pashto, we have prepared a list of words that contains the words that you are most likely to use when you first arrive in Afghanistan or start to communicate in Pashto. 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, it 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 Pashto. Also, watch the video for the correct pronunciation of these words.


Transliteration English Pashto 
Ooba Water اوبه
DooDai Bread ډوډۍ
Manana Thanks/thank you مننه
moTar Car موټر
Chaai Tea چای
Chawkai Chair څوکۍ
Passport Passport پاسپورت
Yakhe Cold یخې
Tawde Hot/warm تودې
Khowandawar Delicious خوندور
Wagay Hungry وږی
Ejaaza Permission اجازه
Aks Picture عکس
Cherta Where چېرته
Zamaa mine زما
Tashnaab Bathroom تشناب
Hoo Yes هو
Na No نه
Kha Good ښه






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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”.


  1. Zaenab:


  2. Barbara Murphy-Bridge:

    Thank you ( manana ) for posting this . I teach English on Skype to a student in Kandahar.
    For our next lesson I will surprise her and use some of these Pashto words .

    Very helpful hearing how the words should sound.

    Again, my thanks-
    Barbara in Nova Scotia , Canada

  3. manar:

    Thankyou is actually nirboorni ok… get ur language straigtened up… its wrong. its nirboorni