What language do Kurds speak mostly
Interesting facts about the Kurdish language (Kurmanji)
The Kurdish languages
The area in which Kurdish languages are spoken extends over several countries and the various dialects that Kurdish knows show quite clear differences. For example, many loan words from the respective contact languages (such as Turkish, Iraqi Arabic and Persian) have been incorporated into the regional dialects.
The exact number of native speakers is difficult to determine, but it is assumed that around 20 to 25 million people speak one of the Kurdish dialects as their mother tongue. Most of it lives in Turkey. The language spoken there is called Kurmanji or Northern Kurdish and is one of the Kurdish dialects with the most speakers. About twelve million Kurds speak Kurmanji.
Two other large language groups are Sorani (Central Kurdish) and Gorani (Southern Kurdish). These two dialects are each spoken by approximately four to five million people.
Outside the historical settlement area of the Kurds, which extends over the states of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey and some former Caucasian Soviet republics, many Kurdish native speakers also live in Western European states such as Great Britain, France, Belgium and Germany. Around 500,000 people of Kurdish origin live in the Federal Republic of Germany alone.
The Kurdish writings
Two writing systems are mainly used to record the Kurdish language: the Latin script, which is mainly used by the Kurds in Turkey and Syria for Kurmanji, and the Arabic alphabet, which is used to record the central and southern dialects in Iraq and Iran is used. The Kurds in the states of the former Soviet Union also write their language with the Cyrillic alphabet.
The Kurdish language course from Sprachlernen24
In the Kurdish language course from Sprachlernen24 you will learn and read the Kurdish Latin script, so you won't have any problems reading the language correctly right away. Here you will learn the Kurmanji language variant, the Kurdish dialect that is spoken the most with around twelve million speakers. The vast majority of Kurds living in Germany also speak Kurmanji.
You can also listen to all of the sentences and vocabulary in the lessons to help you get used to the pronunciation. These were of course spoken by real native speakers of Kurmanji, so you always hear the authentically spoken language.
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