Quick facts for kidsPashto
Pashto written in Pashto script (Naskh style).
|Pronunciation||IPA: [paʂˈto], [paçˈto], [puxˈto]|
|Native to||Afghanistan, Khyber pashtonkhwa, Janobi pashtonkhwa and the Pashtun diaspora|
|Native speakers||40–60 million (2007–2009)|
Other Pashto dialects
|Writing system||Arabic (Pashto alphabet)|
|Official language in||Afghanistan|
|Recognised minority language in||Pakistan|
|Regulated by||Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan
Pashto Academy (Pakistan)
Pashto (Pushto or Pakhto) is the official language of Afghanistan. It is spoken by the Pashtuns living in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. It is the provincial language in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Pashto belongs to the Indo-European languages family. It has two main dialects, western dialect and eastern dialect. The small difference between these two dialects is in the use of sounds.
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