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Afghan children

Pashto, (also known as Afghan) is the native language of the indigenous Pashtun people who are found primarily in the area between the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan and the Indus River in Pakistan. It is a member of the Eastern Iranian languages group spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as by the Pashtun diaspora around the world. 

The number of Pashtuns or Pashto-speakers is estimated 50-60 million people world wide. The Constitution of Afghanistan declares Pashto as one of the two official languages of the country, the other being Dari. Resources in the Language Resources Centre

Pashto Resources Catalogue
The PDF file contains all resources for Pashto that can be found in the Language Resources Centre. It is divided into 3 categories:


  • Book
  • Audio CD/DVD
  • Films/TV

In the 'Notes' column you will find details of, for example, CDs that accompany textbooks and vice versa. Other information had been included throughout the catalogue to help identify a specific item if viewing these off-site.

Please note that these resources are offered on a reference-only basis.


Khpala Pashto
A useful site covering essentials from the alphabet, numbers and Pashto grammar.

Pashto Survival Phrases
Learn how to read and pronounce essential words and phrases.

Pashto Writing Video Tutorial (only works on some computers)
An online video tutorial on how to write the different letters of the Pashto alphabet plus punctuation, diacritics, joint writing and mode.

Omniglot: Pashto
A collection of useful phrases in Pashto.
Introduction to Pashto beginners level, with flash cards , tests, games as well as videos.


QAMOSONA: Pashto-English dictionary
This website has several free dictionaries from/to Pashto. You can download them or use them online.


Pashto Culture
Colourful website about the culture in Afghanistan.


BBC Pashto news

Deutsche Welle Pashto
News and analysis on top international and European topics, current affairs and background information on politics, business, science or culture.

Online Pashto radio and news

Various YouTube lessons on different topics: for example the Family.

Radio and Podcasts

Azadir Radio

Voice of America Pashto
News coverage from around the world.

Study Pashto at King's

Tailor-made Tuition
We offer tailor-made courses in Pashto for individuals and groups.

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