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The Kurdish people are the world's largest ethnic group without a state of their own. Due to this, the Kurdish people are spread across regions of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, and have suffered persecution in all areas. Sorani is one of two main dia

How to get started learning Sorani

The Kurdish people are the world's largest ethnic group without a state of their own. Due to this, the Kurdish people are spread across regions of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, and have suffered persecution in all areas. Sorani is one of two main dialects spoken by Kurdish people, the other is Kurmanji. The majority of Sorani speakers come from Iran and Iraq. It is the primary dialect used for UK public information leaflets for Kurds.

Skill level:Moderately Challenging

Things you need

Kurdish Sorani-English dictionarySorani language course - textbook or audioEvening course in SoraniPrivate Sorani tutor

Instructions

1 Teach yourself initially. Buy a Kurdish Sorani-English dictionary and either a textbook language course, or an audio course from an online retailer. If you prefer not to shop online, try one of the larger bookshops, which will order books or audio courses for you if the shop doesn't have any in stock. You can also learn some basic phrases from online websites. Although Sorani has its own script, it also appears in Roman script so you can learn the words phonetically. Start with all the basics like hello, good morning and all those other phrases that break the ice if you're trying to talk to a Sorani speaker.

2 Look for an evening course in Sorani at an adult education centre. Course directories are usually available at a local library or online. Health, education or social service professionals who want to learn Sorani to improve communication with Kurdish clients might prefer a professional language school. The same applies to those in business, legal or diplomatic fields who want better communication with clients and colleagues.

3 Contact one of the Kurdish community and cultural centres around the UK. They may be able to supply you with details of private tutors who can help you progress faster and give you an insight into Sorani culture as well. Alternatively, the Kurdish centres may offer an opportunity to practice Sorani in a more informal setting, for example, at a cross-cultural social event.

4 Locate the Kurdish centre nearest to you if there isn't one in your town. It may be able to put you in touch with Sorani speakers in your area who you could either meet socially, or pay for classes.

Tips and warnings

Ask at your local library for Sorani learning materials. If the library doesn't have any, it should be able to borrow them from another library.

Students at a university with an Arab and Islamic studies department may be able to take Sorani courses there. Some university departments may make courses available to external students.

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