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English - Pashto, Pashto - English Dictionary: A Modern Dictionary of the Pakhto, Pushto, Pukhto Pashtoe, Pashtu, Pushtu, Pushtoo, Pathan, or Afghan Language (Iranian Languages) Paperback – 15 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Wallenburg Press; Bilingual edition (15 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: Iranian Languages
  • ISBN-10: 1843560089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843560081
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Bagnall on 4 May 2007
I am currently a student of Pashto, and I bought a copy of this believing that it would fill the void that exists in Pashto dictionaries. Sadly, it doesn't even come close to doing that. It claims to contain 480 pages, yet only contains 360 or so. It also claims to have been "fully revised and updated with all the latest vocabulary", yet doesn't contain such basic vocabulary as "car", "aircraft", "holiday" or "television", so it just doesn't deliver what it promises. It just seems to be a re-cover of a dictionary that I saw that was written at the turn of the last century, and on first glance, it would appear that not a single item of new vocabulary has been added, although a few pages of cultural notes have been added at the beginning. My advice; don't make the same mistake I did and think that you're getting the answer to your prayers. This book is no better than the several outdated Pashto dictionaries that are available on the market, it just claims to be.
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Not very happy with the dictionary. It's suitable for people, English speaking who want to learn Pashto, not for native speakers who want to learn English. Expensive too :-(
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By Sir on 6 April 2011
I purchased this dictionary for our Pashto speakers in school. They tell me that they find the printed Pashto script very difficult to read and they won't use it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Book worm on 12 May 2007
This is great tool for our Pashto language course with our teacher who always asks " Has everyone brought in their Gayan Chand Dictionary " I have spent a long time in language bookshops searching for a better dictionary and have been unable to find one.. This book packs a lot of bang for your buck. I highly recommend this as your choice of dictionary.

The best part about it is that it's small and portable, while the worst part is that, for a more advanced student/speaker, there are quite a few words that can't be found in it.

If you're just starting out with Pashto, this is probably perfect for you. If you're more advanced then hard luck there is no other dictionary in Pashto in the market. This dictionary is used by students learning English in the University of Kabul.

Gayan Chand compiled this dictionary in Waziristan he was an ethnic Kashmiri Pundit and a teacher at Amar Sing College Srinagar, before he lived in Waziristan and Kabul being a non native English speaker the dictionary can be quite quirky at times with many modern definitions missing.

Nevertheless the dictionary has proved a valuable resource for language schools and as a ready reference for those who try and communicate with the Pashtoon people.

As a bonus this dictionary has a few dozen very informative pages on Pashtoon culture and language
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The dictionary has Romanized script (English) along with the Arabic script which enabled me to learn Pashto in the beginning without knowledge of the Arabic script.

I leaned the Pashto language from the first edition of the Dictionary. I have only bought this second edition as my previous edition is falling apart. Pashto does not have a proper dictionary but this one gets as close as it gets. I went for my field trip to Pakistan and this dictionary is used in the schools there too. The new Edition has an introduction from the head of department Kabul University. I have own practically all the Pashto dictionaries and this one is the best of the bunch.

The Dictionary seems to be unpopular with some people in Pakistan because it is dedicated to Hamid Karzai a leading Pashtun and head of State. That is why it incurs some disparaging comments and negative reviews. Also in the cultural notes it seems to welcome new regime in Kabul. The publishers might have been wise to do away with this politically sensitive introduction. Some people in Pakistan have also attacked this dictionary because the impression the publishers are a Jewish company.

Pashto is a language with split ergativity. Adjectives come before nouns. Nouns and adjectives are inflected for gender (Masculine/Feminine), number (Singular/Plural) and case (Direct/Oblique). Direct case is used for subjects and direct objects in the present tense. Oblique case is used after most pre- and post-positions as well as in the past tense as the subject of transitive verbs.

The dictionary gives several alternatives and forms, which I have not found in any other dictionary.

The difference between the old and new versions, are the cultural notes section which have been added on to the 361 pages.
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