Pashto: An Elementary Textbook

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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 a beginning level of 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.

Each volume includes:• a CD-ROM featuring authentic audio and video materials to accompany the text• extensive Pashto--English and English--Pashto glossaries• material for teaching the Arabic-based Pashto alphabet • color illustrations and photographs throughout

Topics Covered Volume One: The Pashto alphabet, writing, reading, pronunciation, greetings and introductions, university, daily activities, in the city, family

Volume Two: Seasons, weather, holidays, health, food, sport, and shopping

Minimum System Requirements• Intel® Pentium® II 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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589017733
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2011
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 813,803
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rahmon Inomkhojayev is a professor from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He teaches introductory and intermediate Pashto classes at Indiana University.

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Table of Contents


Note to the Instructor

Note to the Student


1. Seasons and the Weather

2. Happy Holiday!

3. Did You Recognize This Man?

4. What Seems to Be the Problem?

5. Sports

6. At a Restaurant

7. How Much Is a Kilogram of Apples?

8. I Want a Blue ShirtAppendix A: Grammar SummaryAppendix B: TranscriptsAppendix C: Pashto-English GlossaryAppendix D: English-Pashto Glossary


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