Ranging from an intensive one-to-one Pashto language course at our London training centre to an in-company Pashto course at your place of work, we can provide you and your organisation with a language course that meets your Pashto needs. With training centres in London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York providing countrywide coverage and partner organisations worldwide, Communicaid is uniquely placed to be your local, national and international training partner for Pashto courses.
Why a Pashto training course in London? Communicaid’s Pashto courses are highly personalised and designed to improve your Pashto language and communication skills, whether your focus is social, business, financial, diplomatic or legal. Upon completion of a Pashto course with Communicaid here in London, you will have the confidence to communicate in Pashto with colleagues, clients and suppliers.
Location: In addition to our Pashto courses in London, we are also able to provide Pashto language training courses worldwide via our training centres and global partners.
Benefits of our Pashto language course
A Communicaid Pashto language training course will provide you with the ability to:
- Speak Pashto with confidence
- Interact more confidently when visiting a Pashto-speaking region or dealing with Pashto
- Build rapport and strengthen relationships with Pashto-speaking colleagues and counterparts
through a show of interest in the Pashto language and culture
- Demonstrate goodwill and facilitate international communication at both a personal and
Who should attend our Pashto school
A Communicaid Pashto language course is suitable for:
- Anyone working with Pashto speakers and/or Afghanistan
- Anyone planning to relocate to a Pashto-speaking region and wishing to attend an Pashto
course in order to prepare in advance for their assignment
- Business professionals conducting business regularly with Pashto speakers who wish to build
rapport and strengthen relationships by attending an Pashto course
- Government and non-governmental agency representatives working in a Pashto-speaking
region who need to be able to communicate at all levels
Pashto course overview
The content and format of your Pashto training course will depend on your profession, proficiency in Pashto and objectives. Whether beginner, survival, intermediate or advanced, key areas covered in all our Pashto courses include:
- Spoken fluency
- Listening skills
- Pronunciation and accent
- Reading skills
- Telephone skills in Pashto
- Email skills in Pashto
- Sector-specific terminology
- Presentation & negotiation skills
Communicaid’s Pashto courses are available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Training takes place between 08:00 and 20:00 although courses are also available outside of these hours upon request.
Suitable tailored and published Pashto course materials will be used throughout, with recommendations on self-study material and extra reading made at the beginning and during your Pashto course.
We offer a variety of training formats for your Pashto course – from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, modular lessons. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy (please click here to read more about our approach).
Pashto course trainer
All Communicaid Pashto trainers are native speakers with at least 3 years’ professional Pashto training experience. In addition to relevant academic and linguistic qualifications and experience, many of our Pashto trainers also possess considerable exposure and expertise in the professional world.
Your Pashto trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. Detailed below is a sample profile of a member of our Pashto training team.
AR has been delivering Pashto courses for Communicaid since 2002. Among his clients have been the British Ambassador and a number of military personnel posted to Kabul. Before joining Communicaid, AR was a language trainer and programme co-ordinator for the Society of Afghan Residents in the UK. He has been faculty member of the Asian Languages department teaching Pashto at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
In addition to his training experience, AR was a News Editor for the Afghan Radio station run by Afghan Broadcasting Company in London and was a regular outside contributor to the BBC World Services’ Pashto section between 1989 and 1996. AR is also a qualified civil engineer, possessing Masters Degrees from both India and the UK.
پښتو – Facts about the Pashto language
Pashto is interchangeably known as Afghan, Pathan, Pakhto, Pushto, Pashtoe or Pashtu and was declared in 1936 the official language of Afghanistan, along with Dari. It is estimated that between 9 and 12 million people speak Pashto as their first language, primarily ethnic Pashtuns.
Pashto is an Eastern Iranian language of the Indo-European language family. Notably, it is single dialect branch with its closest relation thought to be Ossetic, a language of the Caucasus region. However, it is far removed from Pashto and there is no mutual intelligibility. Pashto dialects can be split into two broad groups – Northern and Southern dialects, the differences being primarily phonological. Standard Pashto in Afghanistan is based on the Kandahar dialect, which is of the Southwest.
Pashto is written using a modified Perso-Arabic script. However, with the rise of internet usage, it has become more of a frequent occurrence to see Pashto written using the Latin alphabet.