Sorani (also called Kurdi) is a Kurdish language spoken mainly in Iraq and Iran, with an estimated 15 million speakers world-wide. The Kurds are spread across the countries of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, as well as Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Lebanon. There is also a large diaspora of Kurds, which is es-pecially prominent in Europe. In all, there are up to 40 million speakers of the Kurdish languages world-wide. Generally written in Perso-Arabic script, Sorani is now also found in Romanised form. This easy-to-use phrasebook uses the official Sorani Latin alphabet to aid instant communica-tion. In addition to a pronunciation guide, included are: A resourceful two-way dictionary, containing over 4,000 entries; An informative grammar section; Useful appendices of Sorani numbers, opposites, and key verbs; Useful lists covering such things as emergency, health care, political, relief aid, and combat terms; A collection of travel-oriented phrases.
Nicholas Awde is a writer and regional consultant based in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Peter Maghashyan is a freelance journalist, analyst, and consultant on regional, political, and economic issues. He is based in Yerevan, Armenia.