Best Pashto Lessons from Learn Direct
Pashto is a member of the southeastern Iranian branch of Indo-Iranian languages spoken in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. There are three main varieties of Pashto: Northern Pashto, spoken mainly in Pakistan; Southern Pashto, spoken mainly in Afghanistan; and Central Pashto, spoken mainly in Pakistan.
The exact number of Pashto speakers is not known for sure, but most estimates range from 45 million to 55 million. Pashto is the first language of between 40% and 55% (11 to 15.4 million) of the people of Afghanistan, and 10% to 28% (2.8 to 7.8 million) speak it as a second language, and the total is around 18 or 19 million.
Pashto has about 25 million speakers in Pakistan (15% of the population) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and the provinces of Balochistan, Mianwali, Attock, Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
These courses engage both the logical and creative sides of your brain by combining words in visual and audio form to make context, improving your memory and helping you to remember key words and phrases. The goals are achievable, broken down into a series of rewarding challenges. As you play interactive games, you’re fed new words and pictures to reinforce your memory, and then test your knowledge with quizzes. You’ll hear your new language constantly and, using the recording games, you can start speaking right away, and compare your voice to a native speaker.
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With our beginner course (Talk Now), you’ll soon be able to:
- Use greetings and essential phrases
- Order food and drink
- Ask for directions
- Describe food, colours, shopping, parts of the body, numbers, telling the time and countries
- Develop a wide vocabulary
Completing the course
Our language courses aren’t formally assessed, but there are many exercises and quizzes that you can do as often as you like to practise your language skills and test your knowledge. The language courses aren’t linked to a qualification, but you’ll get a statement of completion when you’ve achieved a certain score in your exercises and quizzes.
When you buy a language eCourse you’re given access to it for 12 months, but how long it takes for you to learn is really down to you. You can access your learning and practise with challenges, games and quizzes as often as you like within that time.
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