Kurdish language resources – Language Links Database

The Kurdish languages –  (Kurdî or کوردی) are several Iranian languages spoken by the Kurds in western Asia. The Kurdish languages, of which Kurmanji Kurdish has the largest number of speakers, are not mutually intelligible without acquired bilingualism. The languages spoken by Kurds do not form a linguistic group; the four in the box at right are commonly grouped together, whereas the Zaza–Gorani languages are more distantly related.

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Native speakers: 40 million (2007)

Official language in: Iraq

Kurdish Grammar and Pronunciation

  • Kurdishacademy.org - Articles on Kurdish Grammar
  • Gloss.dliflc.edu - 67 lessons
  • MIT - Kurdish Grammar
  • KurdishCentral - Grammar, texts, culture, tips, etc.
  • ILanguages.com - This site is designed to teach you and help you learn Kurdish for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer)
  • Omniglot - Kurdish Alphabet
  • MyLanguages - courses about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, excercises
  • Learn101 - “All the lessons contain audio and are all offered for free. We will learn the alphabet together. We will also review some simple grammar rules, practice common phrases, and we will have fun memorizing many important vocabulary lists.”
  • VokRadio.com - An Introductory Course on Kurdish Language
  • Kurdishacademy.org - Literature, phonology and many more
  • Wte.dliflc.edu - 50 lessons
  • Harvard University Sorani Kurdish: A Reference Grammar with Selected Readings by W. M. Thackston

Digitized Grammar Books

  • Archive.org Grammar of the Kurmanji or Kurdish Language by Soane, E. B.(1913)
  • Harvard University Grammar of the Kurmanji or Kurdish Language With Selected Readings by W. M. Thackston, 90 pages (pdf)
  • Academia.edu A Practical Kurdish Grammar by L.O. Fossum (pdf)(website requires free registration before downloading)
  • Academia.edu Kurmanji Kurdish For The Beginners, 250 pages (pdf)
  • Eric.edu.gov A Kurdish Grammar: Descriptive Analysis of the Kurdish of Sulaimaniya, Iraq by McCarus, Ernest N. (1958), 146 pages (pdf)

Kurdish Vocabulary

Vocabulary-related (and digitized) E-books

  • Google Books Onboard Kurdish Phrasebook by Eton Institute (2014)

Kurdish Reading Materials

Kurdish Dictionaries

Digitized Dictionaries

  • Ankawa.com - Assyrian, Kurdish & Yizidis Dictionary (1920), 71 pages (pdf)

Kurdish Listening and Video Resources


  • Forvo - Over 5000 words pronounced by native speakers



  • Rad.io - A List of Radio Stations

Kurdish In Other Languages

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