Reading Exercises

Want to learn to read and write in the Sorani Kurdish script?

A lot of people are visual learners and it’s helpful for them to see the language written as they are learning it. Others may know the language but may have never learned how to read or write it. Others still may just be interested in the Kurdish script. The Kurdish alphabet is composed of 34 unique characters with four possible forms of each character. Here is a table of the full Kurdish alphabet.

But this is a lot to digest at once; it’s better to take it in, step by step. Here is a table that breaks down each letter and its sound.

Letter Example Translation
ئ
ئەسپ
Horse
ا
ئاو \ نازانم
Water / I don’t know
ب
بزن
Goat
پ
پڕ \ په‌ڕۆ
Full / Rag
ت
تۆز
Dirt / Dust
ج
جووت
Pair
چ
چونکە
Because
ح
حەبل
Rope
خ
خەت
Line
د
دەست
Hand
ر
درێژ
Long
ڕ
دڕاو
Tear (in fabric)
ز
خێزان
Family
ژ
ژمارە
Number
س
سه‌وزه
Vegetable
ش
سروشتی
Natural
ع
عه‌ره‌بانه‌‌ \ مه‌منوع
Cart / Forbidden
غ
بناغه‌
Foundation
ف
فه‌رش
Carpet
ڤ
مرۆڤ
Human
ق
فه‌قیر
Poor Person or Thing
كـ
كتێب
Book
گ
مانگا
Cow
ل
پشیلە
Cat
ڵ
ته‌پڵه‌ك
Small Table
م
من
1st Person Singular Pronoun (I, Me)
ن
كۆن
Old
هـ
هیچ
None / Not Any
ه‌
ئەو
3rd Person Singular Pronoun (He, Him / She, Her)
و
مراوی \ قتو
Duck / Container
وو
دووباره‌
Again
ۆ
سه‌هۆڵ
Ice
ی
یادگاری
Fond Memory
ێ
به‌هێز
Strong