Tag: "Afghanistan"

Dari Language Facts

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Afghanistan is a country full of diversity, both ethnic and linguistic. It has a rich history that has led to it being what it is today, which includes having two official languages: Pashto and Dari. Dari is Dari is sometimes called “Dari Persian” or even “Afghan Persian”, hinting at the fact that […]

Afghan Culture: Some Things to Know

By Sarah-Claire Jordan We know now a bit more about the different linguistic and ethnic groups that make up Afghanistan, but we still could benefit from knowing a bit more about how the people there live.A language may be the key to understanding the culture of the people who speak it, but culture is the […]

Ethnolinguistic Groups of Afghanistan

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Afghanistan has always been a country with a huge diversity of ethnolinguistic groups. Much of this may be attributed to the fact that it has long been a bridge between the Middle East and the rest of Asia. This means that many ethnolinguistic groups originally from other areas may have passed through […]

Three Reasons Persian is Important

By Sarah-Claire Jordan The word “Persian” nowadays has the tendency to evoke feelings of an ancient time and place that doesn’t exist anymore the way it did before. However, in Iran and a few other countries, the language of the Persian Empire lives on, albeit in a modernized form. Persian is the official language of […]

What Languages are Spoken in Afghanistan?

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Though once a reasonably peaceful country, in the past 20 years or so it has been ravaged by civil war and occupation by other countries. The media coverage in the U.S. tends to paint it as a country full of Muslim extremists who are more or less grouped in with the rest […]

A Glimpse into the Persian Language

Persian is an Iranian language categorized on the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family of languages. There are an estimated 56 million Persian speakers in the world today. It is widely spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzebekistan and, to some extent, in Armenia, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Oman and Bahrain and throughout the Iranian diasporas […]