Learning a new Language is Fun… #juststart

It has been scientifically proven that the people who knows many languages are the one with greater IQ level. So from a long time it was a wish of mine to learn any new language. So, I decided to learn Pashto.

I believe in a man’s life, exposure is something that can change his thinking. My story is also a bit like this. Before starting my graduation, I use to have very few friends and most of my time was spent in doing same kind of activities. Luckily I got admitted in one of the best institute of Pakistan, The University of Science and Technology, Lahore. Here I met different people who belong to different areas of Pakistan. Keeping my long story short, the thing which attracted me the most is the different languages of the people who are from other provinces of Pakistan, especially Pashto. I have few friends who are Pathans and they always like to have conversation with each other in Pashto. It’s a sort of tradition of their, to speak in Pashto with each other, whenever they find a chance to do so. That’s made me curious and finally I decided to learn their language.

I must say Pashto is hell of a language to learn without proper Pashtun environment. I believe no language is difficult to learn if you spend more time with that language. But as I mentioned, only few Pathans are in here in my environment so it was a quite a task for me to learn something about Pashto. However I made efforts for this and also irritate few of my friends by repeating the same sentences again and again. But at the last, it was fun.

When I finally decided to learn this language, I basically concentrated on three of the tasks.

Firstly I made a good research on the history of Pashto. Pashto is one of the two official languages of Afghanistan, along with Dari. Its speakers are called Pashtuns. In Pakistan, Pashto is the second-largest language and one of the provincial languages. Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are almost 100% Pashto-speaking.

Secondly I tried to learn some basics of Pashto and tried to memorize some of sentences. Some important words in Pashto: “Pkhair ragley” means doing fine. “Kor” means home. “Wayam” means study. “Ta” means you. “Taaluq” means belong. “. “Malgare” means friend. “Prekṛa” means decision.

Few sentences which are mostly use are:

How are you? How are you doing?

Sta sa hal dai? Ta sanga ye? Or Sanggey? Pkhair Raglay?

I am fine. How are you?

Za shaayam. Da zaan hal waya?

Everything is fine back at home?

Pa kor ki khariat dia?

Where you from?

Ta la kama za ya raghalai?

Thirdly I tried to interact with some of my friends by using this language.

My experience throughout this activity was very joyful. I made a lot of mistakes but it was fun because there is no one to judge me. Although my experience was full of challenges. Like many times I practiced with a page in my hand and I was just reading the sentence from the page, without making any eye contact with the opponent. Anyhow it was a good experience. At the last I conclude, it is not easy to learn a new language. Especially if you have no idea how to write or read in it. Hopefully in future I could strengthened my grip on this language. Thanks you for reading my first ever blog.