Modern Dari Alphabet
"Alef mad" (آ ) is considered to be
the first letter (separate from "alef") of the modern Dari alphabet by
To differentiate between the two " heys" (ح
& ه), the 32nd one (ه) is
also referred to as hey girdak in Dari. ح is the 6th
letter of the Arabic alphabet. In Dari, this letter is used to write
Arabic loan words starting with ح.
"Hamza" (ء) is typically not included in
the Dari alphabet in school textbooks. It is an orthographic sign to denote a
glottal stop, it does not occur at the beginning of words.
Last updated on April 22, 2012 by Abdullah