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Kurdish language is an Indo-European language spoken by the Kurdish people of Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. Their homeland spans the borders of five countries but they have no country of their own. There are also many Kurdish language speakers in Europe, especially in Germany, because many Kurds have had to emigrate to escape oppression.

Kurdish language is related to Persian (farsi) and is a member of the Indo-Iranian (Indo-Aryan) branch of the Indo-European language family. Kurdish used to be an oral language and was not written down except in rare cases until the 15th century. Kurdish dialects vary geographically and the main ones are Kurmanji, Sorani and Pehlewani. They are not entirely mutually intelligible so some people consider these dialects to be separate languages.

In Kurmanji all nouns are gendered but genders apply only to singular nouns, not plural nouns. You can hear some spoken examples in the video above from the Langfocus channel. The video also explains a complicated concept known as Ergatvity which is only found in some Indo-Aryan languages like Kurdish and Pashto. There are also some important grammatical differences between Kurdish dialects which are explained in the video.

If you require Kurdish Translation services then you must be sure you know which exact dialect of Kurdish is required, as they vary significantly.

Written by David Smith