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Introduction to Pashto (Afghan)

Duration: One year course of 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week


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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

This SOAS Language Centre course in Pashto is designed to give participants a basic conversational ability in the language. The course takes the form of a series of situation contexts in which participants will be asked to understand what is taking place around them and to respond in comprehensible and clear Pashto.


The course is taught in English and Pashto. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Continuing your study

Subject to demand, the Language Centre will schedule an Introduction to Pashto (Afghan) 2. The Pashto script will be incorporated gradually into this course, whilst speaking and comprehension skills continue to be developed, allowing students to make the transition to Pashto script with confidence.


Summary of course contents (by session)

Introduction to the Pashto language

The Pashto alphabet and pronunciation of sounds

Greetings and responses

Introducing oneself and others

Asking for and sharing information

Vocabulary building and basic grammar

Numbers; telling time; days of the week; the calendar

Getting around and asking for directions (1)

Getting around and asking for directions (2): role play

Culture points: food; customs; social etiquette



Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk. You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed. 

Language Centre How To Apply


You can view our short course timetables here.

You can enrol:

Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 35kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.