Modern Dari Alphabet

الفبای دری

Notes:

  • "Alef mad" (آ ) is considered to be the first letter (separate from "alef") of the modern Dari alphabet by contemporary lexicographers.

  • 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 Qazi

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