Dari (Tajik)

Photo courtesy of Sgt Kimberly Lamb (US Armed Forces)

Quick Facts


Total Worldwide Speakers: 9,600,000


Language Family: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian, Western, Southwestern, Persian


Spoken in:


Western, Central, Northern, and Northeastern Afghanistan; Kabul Province.


Dari is the the variety of Persian spoken in Afghanistan, where it is one of the two official languages, along with Pashto, and is used as a lingua franca among the different language communities. Dari is also used as the medium of instruction in Afghan schools. About 5 million people speak Dari in Afghanistan. There are also about 2.5 million Dari speakers in the Iran and Pakistan.


Sources:The Ethnologue & Omniglot

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