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Dari Elementary Text Volume 1

"As a native Dari speaker from Afghanistan and a linguist by profession, I found Dari: An Elementary Textbook exceptionally well-written and easy to understand and follow, as the book offers authentic and culturally appropriate illustrations to help students to follow along. Beginners will find Dari extremely useful when applying the book's many practical elements to their learning process."
     —Homayun Saifi, linguist, media analyst, Legal Languages International

Dari is the most used language in Afghanistan; all official documents are written in it. This textbook, designed to cover one year of instruction, offers beginning learners a communicative approach to the Dari language that develops the four language skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—through culturally relevant activities. The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM with extensive authentic materials, including audio and videos recorded in Afghanistan, to help learners perform tasks and functions in both colloquial and standard forms. Grammar and vocabulary in each thematic lesson are chosen carefully to help learners perform these tasks and functions at an elementary level and beyond..

Dari: An Elementary Textbook prepares learners to perform at level 1+ or 2 on the ILR scale and at the novice high/intermediate low level on the ACTFL scale. Special notes are included for people with experience in Persian to help them learn Dari more efficiently. It is the fifth elementary level textbook published in partnership with the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR), following Pashto, Tajiki, Uzbek, and Uyghur.

Table of Contents
A Brief Introduction to Dari
1. An Introduction to Dari
2. What's Your Telephone Number?
3. Greetings and Introductions
4. In the Classroom
5. What Do you Do Every Day?
6. My Family
7. My Residence
8. At the Bazaar
9. Summer Vacations
10. During my Break

Minimum System Requirements
   • Intel® Pentium® III 1.26 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent); Mac OS 10.5 or higher
   • 512 MB of RAM
   • CD Drive
   • Speakers or headphones

 On a PC, files will load automatically.
 On a Mac, double click on the disk icon. Then, double click on the program icon that looks like an "f" in a red square labeled "Pashto."