Interesting Facts about Pushto

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Five Interesting Facts about Pushto

The Pashto language originated in the Kandahar district of Afghanistan. Pashto is an official language of Afghanistan and the official language of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan. Pashto-speaking small communities reside in Iran, Tajikistan, UAE, and the United Kingdom. Pashto is an Indo -Iranian language, and it has 45 letters and four diacritics marks. Pashto speakers are twice the Dutch speakers in the world. There are almost 40 to 60 million native speakers of Pashto. It writes from right to left, and it shares many structural similarities to languages such as Tajiki, Dari, Farsi. You may also like to learn about the Quran classes.

Pashto is a language with rich literature history; there are some following facts about Pashto written down:

Language of Jinns 

According to the Pashtuns, Afghan was the son of Prophet Sulaiman (A.S.) and wanted to learn the language of jinns as Prophet Sulaiman (A.S.) knows the many languages such as the language of birds, insects, and animals so. He asked his father to teach him the language of jinns. So the Prophet taught him the language and named it Pashto. 

Oldest Language 

Pashto is one of the oldest languages. It is 2500 years old. It has approximately 5,550 loanwords. Pir Roshan developed the First Pashto alphabet in the 16th century.

Pashto Literature 

The history of Pashto Literature is five thousand years; the first poet of the Pashto language is Amir Koror Suri, is a warrior poet. The golden era of the Pashto language at which language flourished was 1650 – 1900 A.D. In this span, almost forty-five thousand poems and two hundred books and ghazals by a single poet named Khushal Khan Khattak were written. The first book of the Pashto language was written in 1728 -29 and was translated into English by Khushal Habibi. The book’s name is Pata Khazana which means hidden treasure.

Pashto Is Easy To Learn

Pashto is easy to learn if a person wants to learn this beautiful language of brave people. Pashto might be a little hard for English speakers because all the alphabets and Grammar structures will be new and different to them, and also, Pashto grammar is quite difficult—which nouns go with which verbs depend on tense. And it uses both prepositions (at home) and postpositions (homeward) as well as something called ambipositions—words that surround nouns.  

Language Of Brave People:

People in and around the subcontinent consider Pashto-speaking people as brave and hardworking. Pashtuns are usually famous for their bravery throughout the globe. Pashto speakers possess a particular talking style, which has fame in the sub-continent and is considered the sweetest manner of speaking. The people love Pashtun’s way of speaking. Generally, Pakistani drama serials also possess Pakhtuns character sometimes to depict a funny role and sometimes extremely strict temper. Pashto speakers are imagined to be holy. Pashtuns are diligent.

Pashto dialect groups:

Like many other languages, Pashto is spoken in different regions, depending on your area. There are 2-3 dialects group of Pashto, mentioned below

  1. Northern Pashto is spoken in Pakistan’s province named KPK.
  2. Southern Pashto is spoken in Afghanistan.
  3. Central Pashto is divided into ‘Southern’ and ‘Northern’ languages.             


Concluding by increasing the knowledge, 25 million Pashto speakers reside in Pakistan, which makes up to 15% of the population. Pashto is spoken as a first language among 40% to 55% of the people of Afghanistan. 10%to 28% of people speak it as a second language. If you’re linguaphile, you must try to learn Pashto, and this would be fun. The Pashto language possesses vast literature and drama serials. 

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