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Kurmanci and Sorani instructional materials - for free!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:06 am
Author: daristani
English-speakers interested in learning Kurdish should check out this page on Iranian languages from Harvard University:

http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~iranian/

It has two sets of documents by Wheeler Thackston, who's already published textbooks of Persian, Arabic, and Syriac, on Kurmanci and Sorani Kurdish. Each consists of a "reference grammar", which gives the fundamentals of the grammar in rather brief form, an annotated reader, and a glossary.

I think the site has just been put on line, but in my initial review of the Kurdish materials, they seem to be very well done. The Kurmanci reader, for instance, even has a few pages in the Kurdish Cyrillic alphabet used in the former Soviet Union. The documents are in PDF form, and total about 250 pages for each dialect.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:06 pm
Author: Diri
Sipas Daristanî :)


Dest xosh... I saw this site about a day ago... It's very useful indeed...

I dislike the inconsistency with reality, though - as in Soranî Kurdî being presented with a slightly different alphabet...

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:50 am
Author: Parsi
That's pretty cool - but I wonder how many people actually use it - I mean most of those languages, aside from Kurdi, have either evolved or are extinct like Sogdian!

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:11 pm
Author: dyaoko
wow wow ,,,,,,,,, it is GREAT , thank you..

it also has a part of mem u zin in sorani by hejar ! thank you