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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 [Paperback]

By Ghayan Chand (Compiler)
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Pages   361
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2007
Publisher   Simon Wallenburg Press
ISBN  1843560089  
EAN  9781843560081  

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Pashto also known as Pakhto, Pushto, Pukhto, Pashtoe, Pashtu, Pushtu, Pushtoo, Pathan, or Afghan language) is an Iranian language of the Indo-Iranian language family spoken by Pashtuns living in southeastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan. This major new edition of the Wallenberg English Pashto Dictionary has been completely updated to include the very latest vocabulary. Language is now studied in the context of its culture, so this new edition now includes cultural notes, providing interesting and helpful information on life in the Pashtun people. The Dictionary is an essential reference tool for all serious students of Pashto at university level and beyond, and for those who need an authoritative and comprehensive guide to Pashto. The book is a new and fully updated edition of the Paperback English Pashto or dictionary and offers over 480 pages of definitions. It covers all the words you need for everyday use in Pashto, The words have been carefully selected after consulting a database of newspapers and Pashto contemporary literature. Definitions have been made clearer than before. This portable and affordable dictionary is perfect for general reference at home, at school, or in the office. Review: "I have been a loyal user of the Wallenberg Pashto Dictionary since my Posting in Kabul. In my current position as Battalion Commander, I use the Wallenberg Pashto Dictionary every morning to help prepare the local news bulletin for the people of the area" - A NATO Soldier in Afghanistan

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Good tool for deployment  Sep 11, 2008
This book is a good tool for the Soldier/Marine deploying to Afghanistan. Bear in mind that the book does not say which dialect to use, but it does list the word variations. What you need to do is get with your terp in the area you are in, and circle the proper dialect as needed. Proper Pashto varies from region to region. I brought it out on every op and was able to compose rudimentary phrases and questions with it. Worth having in your truck, just get a terp to help you with it.
A legendary dictionary now updated and improved!!  Apr 22, 2008
Firstly this is a great dictionary!! and it is very suitable for me. It also has been very useful for its cultural notes on Afghan manners and customs. The dictionary is an expanded work by Prof Gayan Chand based on the original lexicon word order of the late Major Henry Walter Bellew's dictionary. Gayan Chand has brought improvements in a number of ways to it amongst other things the cultural notes and the Introduction of new words and word order.

The history of this dictionary is intresting as the udated version continues to be useful in a similiar situation to its original version by Major Bellew over a hundred years ago.

Until the First Afghan War the East India Company had an overwhelming reputation for efficiency and good luck. The British were considered to be unconquerable and omnipotent. The Afghan War severely undermined this view. The retreat from Kabul in January 1842 and the annihilation of Elphinstone's Kabul garrison dealt a mortal blow to British prestige.

The causes of the disaster are easily stated: the difficulties of campaigning in Afghanistan's inhospitable mountainous terrain with its extremes of weather, the turbulent politics of the country and its armed and refractory population and finally the failure of the British authorities to appoint senior officers capable of conducting the campaign competently and decisively.

Last but not least was the lack of knowledge of the people their language and culture
To remedy this the first dictionary on Pashto of which this is an improved version was commission by the British army's northern command based in Rawalpindi, and used extensively by British forces in their war against the Afghans.

The successor to that dictionary is now this Gayan Chand dictionary which has now become the standard dictionary for British and American forces fighting the Taliban today.

I find this dictionary very useful for my work, it is slightly old fashioned but nevertheless in the absence of anything better I will recommend it. It is definitely an improvement on the original dictionary of the late Major Bellew a copy of which I also own.
This dictionary was written in 1867!  Apr 12, 2008
This book is not what it claims to be. It is a photoreproduction of Henry Walter Bellew's English-Pashto Pashto-English dictionary published in 1867. It is not a particularly good photoreproduction, by the way. Dr. Bellew's name is not mentioned anywhere in this publication. If it is "revised updated & expanded" any way it could only have been with the introduction -- THERE ARE NO WORDS MORE RECENT THAN 1867. Nothing about electricity, aircraft, communications, post-US Civil War Weaponry, medicine, technology -- NOTHING.

Especially not the word "rip-off", which would be ideal for describing this publication.

There are other Pashto dictionaries -- and if one wishes to get it for less that the $48.00 which I paid, one can get the exact same book for less -- with Dr. Bellew honestly identified as its author -- from Star Publications in New Delhi.

I gave it one star because I didn't know how to give it a zero.
Almost the only good dictionary for this language and used by the Afgans themselves  May 11, 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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