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English Pushto
Hello Assalam O Alaikum
Goodbye da khoday pa amaan
Good morning sahr pikheyr or Assalam O Alaikum or sahr mo pa kheyr
Good afternoon wradz mo pa kheyr or Assalam O Alaikum
Good evening maakhaam mo pa kheyr or Assalam O Alaikum
Good Night shpa mo pa kheyr
Have a nice day kha woraz walary
Yes Ho or Hao
No Na
Please Meharbani
Thanks deyra manana  or deyra Meharbani
Excuse me (Saying sorry) baKhana ghwaarom
My name is .......

zama num ............ deh

What is your name? staa num tsa deh?
Do you speak English ta pe English(Angrezi) Khabaree
I dont understand za na poheegum
Help! MRAS-ta!
Go away or Go! Rakasha or Za
I am lost Z wrk ym
Could you help me please? T me lg mrasta kawlai she?
Sorry mazeRat ghwaarom
Where are you going Charta Zaii
I am going to ................. mata ...... zaii

Pushto In a Shop

English Pushto
Hello Assalam O Alaikum
How are you ta sanga yea?
I am fine za kha yam, manana
How Much is this da somra di?
Its Expanssive Mehanga Hai
Please reduce the price a bit Kuch Kam Karain
I will give you 100 Rupees Main 100 rupees doonga
No Naheen
Sorry zeh mutaasif yum
Please mehrabai wakrey
Thanks manana
Where is Toilet khakandas cheerta di?
This gentleman will pay dagha khaghly be da har sa lagakht wakri

Counting in Pushto

All English counting words are understood well so if you don't know the urdu word you can easily use English counting

English Pushto
One yaw
Two Dwa
Three Dre

chalorr or Salor

Five pinja or Pinza
Six shpazh
Seven woh
Eight oota
Nine atta or naha
Ten Las
Eleven yaw las
Twenty shal
Fifty panzohs
One Hundred sel
One thousand zer   or yaw zer

Names of days

English Pushto
Monday do shamba
Tuesdy se shamba
Wednesday chaar shamba


punj shamba
Friday ju-MA
Saterday shamba
Sunday yakshamba
Today non
Yesterday parun
Tomorrow sabaa
Day after tomorrow sabaa na bla wraz
This week daa uni

About Pushto Language

Pushto is an indo european language spoken in North Western Pakistan and in Afghanistan. It is also called Pakhto, Pukhto, Pashtu,or Pushtu) in Afghanistan it is also referred to as Afghani Language. People who speak Pushto are known as Pashtun people or in English (Pathan people).  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.

Ethnologue lists Pashto as Southeastern Iranian but an article in Encyclopedia Iranica explains that it belongs to the North-Eastern Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian language family. Pushto is also declared as one of the two national languages of Afghanistan

In Pakistan, Pashto is spoken by about 15.42%  (Rough figures) of Pakistan. It is the main language of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and northwestern Balochistan while it is also spoken in Mianwali and Attock districts of the Punjab province. Pashtuns have migrated to many other cities like Karachi & Lahore where Pushto is also spoken and understood.

Other Pashtoons are found in northeastern Iran, primarily in South Khorasan Province to the east of Qaen, near the Afghan border, and in Tajikistan. There are also Pashtun communities in the southwestern part of Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Uttar Pradesh, India.


The word "Pashto" is said to be derived from Parsawā- meaning "Persian" which makes it a persian language however Pashtuns could alo be compared with the Pakhta tribes mentioned in the Rigveda (17001100 BC), apparently Greeks (Herodotus) also called them as "Pactyans" people, as living in the Achaemenid's Arachosia Satrapy as early as the 1st millennium BC however Herodotus did not mention the language Pactyans people spoke.

Strabo, who lived between 64 BC and 24 CE, explains that the tribes inhabiting the lands west of the Indus River were part of Ariana and to their east was India. Since the 3rd century CE and onward, they are mostly referred to by the name "Afghan" ("Abgan") and their language as "Afghani".

Pushto Literature

Scholars such as Abdul Hai Habibi and others believe that the earliest Pashto work dates back to Amir Kror Suri in the eighth century, and they use the writings found in Pata Khazana. However, this is disputed by several European experts due to lack of strong evidence. Pata Khazana is a Pashto manuscript claimed to be first compiled during the Hotaki dynasty (17091738) in Kandahar, Afghanistan. During the 17th century Pashto poetry was becoming very popular among the Pashtuns. Some of those who wrote Poetry in Pashto are Khushal Khan Khattak, Rahman Baba, Nazo Tokhi and Ahmad Shah Durrani, founder of the modern state of Afghanistan or the

Pushto Alphabet

ا a ي d ف f ئ y
آ ق ر ٢ ق q زم ف
٧ b < rr < k ض e
ب p ن z ى g ييش u
ت t ر zh ل ا زورش ق
ٽ t 4 z م m و U
ث ؟ ص s ن n و ه
ج ا ش sh ٧ n ه h
ة ch ش s و w
ح h ص s ه h
خ kh ض z ى y
٤ dz ط t ء hamza
  ts ظ z ي ا
د d ع a ي ة
ن z غ gh ى ay

Text and research by Jamal Panhwar Copy of the text strictly prohibited.


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