"As an educator of Pashto language, I found [this] textbook particularly useful for those who intend to learn Pashto as a second language. In addition to the author's choice of topics and vocabulary, as well as the way grammar is organized, Inomkhojayev portrays Pashtun culture in a nonjudgmental manner, which makes this book exceptionally unique."
—Shirshah Said, Pashto language instructor
Pashto, designated a critical language by the US Department of Defense, is one of two official languages of Afghanistan and is also spoken in parts of Pakistan. Designed to cover one year of beginning-level language instruction, Pashto: An Elementary Textbook provides learners and instructors with a wide selection of task-oriented, communicative language materials to facilitate the development of language learning. It features a functional approach to grammar, an emphasis on integrated skills development, and the use of authentic materials.
The activities provided in the textbook will help learners to develop strong skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In addition to the cultural background embedded in the video materials, the textbook contains cultural notes that improve competency.
Volume 1: The Pashto alphabet, writing, reading, pronunciation, greetings and introductions, university life, daily activities, in the city, and family.
Volume 2: Seasons, weather, holidays, health, food, sport, and shopping.
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."
Rahmon Inomkhojayev is a professor from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He teaches introductory and intermediate Pashto classes at Indiana University.