Pashto Textbooks, Grammars and Readers

Pashto Textbooks

Randall Olson 2007. Speaking Afghan Pashto, Third Edition. Peshawar: Interlit Foundation. ~450 pages. Emphasis on the eastern dialect. Accompanied by an audio CD. A useful introduction to the language.

Rakhmon Inomkhojaev 2011. Pashto: An Elementary Textbook (Volume 1). Georgetown University Press. ~390 pages. Accompanied by an audio CD.

Rakhmon Inomkhojaev 2011. Pashto: An Elementary Textbook (Volume 2). Georgetown University Press. ~330 pages. Accompanied by an audio CD.

Habibullah Tegey and Barbara Robson 1993.
Beginning Pashto Textbook and Workbook, Revised Edition. Washington DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. ~370 pages. Part of CAL’s Pashto textbook series. Available for free download from ERIC. Accompanied by a Teacher’s Manual (intended for the native Pashto-speaker), Workbook Tapescript and Textbook Tapescript.

Habibullah Tegey and Barbara Robson 1993. Intermediate Pashto Textbook and Workbook, Revised Edition. Washington DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. ~340 pages. Part of CAL’s Pashto textbook series. Available for free download from ERIC. Accompanied by a Teacher’s Manual (intended for the native Pashto-speaker).

Habibullah Tegey and Barbara Robson 1993. Pashto Conversation Manual and Pashto Conversation Tapescript. Washington DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. ~230 pages. Organized as a series of lessons corresponding to those in the authors’ Beginning Pashto and Intermediate Pashto textbooks. Part of CAL’s Pashto textbook series. Available for free download from ERIC. Accompanying audio is available here.

Farid Saydee and Abdul Saboor Niazi 2011. Pashto Elementary Texbook. San Diego: SDSU.
~170 pages. Sample available for download here.

G. Roos-Keppel, Abdul Ghani Khan and Abdul Qayum 1901. A Manual of Pushtu. London. ~330 pages of grammar and exercises. Available for free download from Archive.org

Manfred Lorenz 1979. Lehrbuch des Pashto: Afghanisch Leipzig. Reprinted 2006 by the Afghanistan Information Center: Bonn. ~300 pages. Pashto textbook recommended for German speakers.

Pashto Readers

MRM Staff 1984. Pashto Newspaper Reader. Maryland: Dunwoody Press. ~250 pages. Provides 51 authentic newspaper articles of increasing length and complexity. Each article is printed in Pashto script accompanied by a glossary, transliteration, English translation and a photo-reproduction of the original source. Most material is taken from Hewad Daily and Islah Daily newspapers. Accompanying audio is available for ordering here.

Habibullah Tegey and Barbara Robson 1992. Pashto Reader. Washington DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. ~220 pages. Provides 45 authentic texts including essays, articles, and advertisements. Each text is accompanied by a glossary, exercises, and notes. Part of CAL’s Pashto textbook series. Available for free download from ERIC. Transliteration of texts is available here and original photo-reproduction of texts is available here.

Herbert Penzl 1962. A Reader of Pashto. Reprinted 2009 with an Introduction by Ismail Sloan. New York: Ishi Press.
~270 pages. Provides 25 authentic texts in Pashto script with transliteration, glossary, writing exercises and English translation.

Pashto Grammars

Habibullah Tegey and Barbara Robson 1996. A Reference Grammar of Pashto. Washington DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. ~240 pages. Part of CAL’s Pashto textbook series. Available for free download from ERIC. Quite useful.

Naseer Hoonar Pashtoon and Ziyar A. Pashtoon 2006.
A Handbook of Pashto Verbal Conjugation. Maryland: Dunwoody Press. ~625 pages. Provides conjugations in 20 major categories for 300 Pashto verbs. Also briefly describes the Pashto verb conjugation system.

Herbert Penzl 1955. A Grammar of Pashto: A Descriptive Study of the Dialect of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Reprinted 2009 with an Introduction by Ismail Sloan. New York: Ishi Press. ~200 pages. Oriented more towards linguists than language learners. Represents Pashto in a relatively obscure transliteration.

Qazi Rahimullah Khan 1938. The Modern Pushtu Instructor. Peshawar. Reprinted 2002 under the title Introduction to Pushtu. New York: Hippocrene Books.
~340 pages. Book is divided into two sections, with explanations and exercises: ‘Grammar’ and ‘Prose Composition’.

A. D. Cox 1911. Notes on Pushtu Grammar. London. Reprinted 2001 in facsimile by Asian Educational Services. ~150 pages.

Henry George Raverty 1880. The Pushtu Manual: Comprising a Concise Grammar; Exercises and Dialogues; Familiar Phrases, Proverbs, and Vocabulary. London: W. H. Allen & Co. ~270 pages. Available for free viewing or download from Google Books.

Henry George Raverty 1855. A Grammar of the Pukhto, Pushtu or the Language of the Afghans. Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press. ~200 pages. Available for free viewing or download from Google Books.

D.A. Shafeev 1963. “A Brief Grammatical Sketch of the Afghan Language” in P.B. Zudin (ed) Russian-Afghan Dictionary. Moscow.
~130 page Russian language description of Pashto grammar.

Other Books

David Burns 2007. Progressing in Pashto. Peshawar: Interlit Foundation. Intended as a supplement to Randall Olson’s Speaking Afghan Pashto.

Babur Abbas 2010. Pashto Language: Teach Yourself Pashto Alphabet. Seattle: CreateSpace. ~50 pages of very large print.

Jane Wightwick 2003. Your First 100 Words in Pashto. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Accent on Languages 2006. Accent on Afghanistan: Pashto. Berkeley. ~60 pages. Intended for military personnel. Includes an audio CD, flashcards, and index to ~350 Pashto words.

A. Khan Moulviz 1917. Pushtu Made Easy: Pushto Rozmarra or Everyday Pushtu. Nowshera. Reprinted 2001 by Asian Educational Services.
~120 pages.



These textbooks, grammars, and readers represent Pashto in both the Pashto script and romanized transliteration, unless otherwise noted.

When links to books are given, it is in the case of harder to find books and is generally to the original publisher. Books without links can usually be found at Amazon.com or other online sources.