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mollybugzWednesday 29th of September 2004 10:27:21 AM
any good kurdish books?? - HEllo guys!! I am trying to learn kurdish!!!! Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can find a good study book/cd's etc?? I have reached the end of the internet and can't seem to find anything helpful!! I would appreciate all of your help! Thank you so much!! If anyone wants to learn spanish I am pretty fluent!
AnyaWednesday 29th of September 2004 11:58:12 AM
- Hi Natasha,
I went digging around for a similar book to the one I have been using to learn Nepali (it's excellent) and I came up short. I can't believe they haven't made a Kurdish one yet. I left them some feedback on that (this is the Teach Yourself).
I found a couple of other ones you can try, maybe you've already seen them, their ISBN's are: 0884329402 and 0300091524. They are a lessonbook and audio and a dictionary. I don't know what your budget is, but I couldn't find anything in a lower price range :(

In general I've found that it's helpful to have an audio component to whatever you're learning. But, you're absolutely right and I can't believe how sparse the literature seems for Kurdish! :(

I wish you the best of luck and I'll let you know if I come up with anything else.

mollybugzWednesday 29th of September 2004 08:20:46 PM
kayguarnay - Thanks so much for the response.....I don't mind paying money do you know the titles/websites for the books?? I would like sorani kurdish. I wonder why it is so hard?? Good luck..oh you know any words or phrases you could write down for me?? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
AnyaWednesday 29th of September 2004 08:40:34 PM
- hi Natasha,
You can generally go to or and just plug in the ISBN numbers to search for the books. (this way you get the exact edition and with the right components, I learned this the hardway). Anyway the books that I could find are:
Easy Way to Kurdish (Book/Cassette Course)
by Soraya Mofty $55 (new)
and Kurdish Dictionary: Kurmanji-English
by Michael L. Chyet $75 (new)
You can actually click on the "more information from the publisher" and read the first 20 or so pages to start learning! Sometimes you can even find a whole book online, but I haven't found anything for Kurdish.

You can probably find other editions of these books for less. There typically isn't much of a difference in editions except possibly font and typesettings that are made to make a new edition and cause people to have to buy it.

Anyway, that's it for now, I will keep you posted what the TYS company says, maybe they are ABOUT to release a Kurdish book? How cool would that be?!?

I'm not sure what you mean about words and phrases?
mollybugzWednesday 29th of September 2004 08:46:19 PM
thanks! - Thanks alot! I meant do you know ant kurdish words like i miss you, i love you, please, no, yes etc? I would greatly appreciate it. Also are the books helping you learn?
AnyaThursday 30th of September 2004 12:18:15 AM
Natasha - Well, I just heard back:
[quote]Dear Anya
Thank you for taking the trouble to write. I will pass on your comment to
the author.
I'm sorry; we don't have a 'Teach Yourself Kurdish' title, but we are always
interested to consider possible future publishing ventures.
Best wishes
I'm sorry that I wasn't very clear, but I don't know any Kurdish that I could share. :-/
Maybe they'll come out with one though and that would be awesome!

Good luck in your search!
AnyaFriday 01st of October 2004 08:35:26 PM
- we have progress!!!
Just got this in the email:
[quote]Dear Anya
My boss was so pleased by your comments that she has asked me to seek your
permission to reproduce it on our promotional material. Do you agree?
You may be interested to know that your request on behalf of your friend has
sent me scurrying to the Internet to do some research on the possibility of
our producing a 'Teach Yourself Kurdish' title. The first stage will be to
convince my colleagues that this makes commercial sense!
Thanks again for taking the trouble to write.
You may find a good Kurdish book soon!!!!!!!
How is your search coming along?

I wonder while I'm at it, if I should ask about other resources people on here might like to exist?
Let me know what you think!
LL12Tuesday 09th of November 2004 07:38:53 AM
- Hey molleybugz, you seem pretty keen to learn kurdish - any major influences from anyone, anything.

Nevertheless am glad you're willing and i am more than happy to help out.

ok. Phrases in kurdish (sorani):

i miss you - Birit akam
i love you - xoshm ('x' like the sound 'j' in spanish) awey.
please - zahmat nabe
yes - ah (or more politely 'bale' - ring a bell use this term when replying to people who are older than you; new acquaintances / or in any other formal situations. The only exception is when talking to kids; hence, no need to show them respect. It's the same with using 'usted'.
No - na ( strongly hit the breaks on the 'a' vowel just as you would when stopping mid-term between a word e.g. Bu't

Other useful words/phrases:

how are you - choni
what's your name - nawt chiya
sorry - bbura

Tip: each vowel should be pronounced as the case with spanish. e.g. the word 'cama'(bed) is pronounced the same in kurdish meaning: 'which'. cama yan = which one

AnyaSaturday 27th of November 2004 11:14:41 AM
- I just wanted to follow up on these posts. I haven't heard from the TYS people one way or another for some time now. It is possible that they are working on putting the book together.
I just want you to know that I haven't forgotten and am keeping it on my radar. Have you had any luck with books and/or native speakers?
LisyaMonday 03rd of January 2005 05:57:59 AM
Kurdish language and culture - Hi Folks,
I am also intersted in learning Kurdish language and Culture. I am a Jewish origined Turkish studying PhD in the US. I am intersted in sociopolitics of English language, language subordination and minority language rights. Recently I have developed interest in Kurdish people's(especially living in Turkey) culture and language related problems. That would be great if any of you can give direct me to some good resources to teach Kurdish language and culture. Plus, I can teach Turkish in exchange if somebody agrees to be my Kurdish language buddy!

Thanks a lot!

gmbroomeThursday 03rd of February 2005 06:47:14 AM
Scarcity of material... - Unfortunatly, the only thing I've been able to find (in FOUR college libraries, mind you) is a good old-fashioned *drumroll* grammar. There doesn't seem to be any material available for normal people, at least not yet.

BTW, when/if that Kurdish book mentioned above comes out, somebody PLEASE let me know!!!