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Learn Kurdish (Kurmanji)

The Kurdish languages are divided into three main dialects - Kurmanji, Sorani and Pehlewani - of which Kurmanji, or Northern Kurdish, is the most widespread and has the highest number of native speakers. Most of these speakers live in Turkey, with others in Iran, Iraq and Syria. Kurdish is an Iranian language and shares some characteristics with Persian, although they belong to different branches of the Indo-Iranian language family.

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Turkey

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Iraq

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Indo-European

Indo-Iranian

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Fun facts — Kurdish (Kurmanji)

Kurmanji is unintelligible with Sorani, also called Central Kurdish.

Kurmanji is the most widespread of the Kurdish dialects.

In the past tense, verbs involving an object actually become something like the passive in English, so 'I saw him' would be 'he was seen by me'.

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