Kurdish Translation

Looking for Kurdish translation? Whether you’re trying to learn business English phrases or need education translation, we’ve got you covered.


The Kurdish language is spoken in five countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. There are three Kurdish languages, including Northern, Central, and Southern Kurdish.


Northern Kurdish (also known as Kurmanji) is spoken in northern Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. It’s the most common form of Kurdish spoken across the world. It’s also spoken by non-Kurds in Armenia, Chechnia, Circassia, and Bulgaria.


Central Kurdish (also known as Sorani) is spoken in Iraq and Iran. It’s one of the official languages of Iran, and most people refer to this language simply as ‘Kurdish’ — not ‘Central Kurdish’.


Southern Kurdish (also known as Palewani or Xwarîn) is spoken in Iraq and Iran. Laki is a Southern Kurdish dialect (though many linguists argue that it’s completely separate from Kurdish altogether). 


Experts estimate that 20.2 million people speak Kurdish all over the world. 15 million of those speakers live in Turkey, the country most populated by the Kurdish. It’s the third most-commonly-spoken Iranian language.


Unsurprisingly, it’s the main language of Kurdistan, an area where Kurdish is the predominantly spoken language. Kurdistan encompasses northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey, northern Syria, and northwestern Iran. 


Northern Kurdish (Kurmanji) is the language most closely related to the original Kurdish. The other dialects have taken on words and pronunciations from other neighboring languages, while Kurmanji has remained true to its origins.

Kurdish Alphabet

The Kurdish language uses two alphabets: Latin and Arabic; it uses four different writing systems. The Kurdish Unified Alphabet has 34 characters. 


The Arabic script was composed by activist and religious scholar Sa’id Kaban. 


Prior to 1932, Kurdish in Turkey and Syria used Arabic script; from the 1930s on, Kurds in this area began using Latin script. In Iraq and Iran, Kurds still use the Arabic script.


Sorani (Central Kurdish) uses the Arabic alphabet. Kaban created this script in the 1920s, but it wasn’t widely used in media until after the fall of Sadam Hussein (who persecuted Kurdish speakers). 

Kurdish Culture

The Sorani Kurds predominantly practice Sunni Islam and Christianity. Oral traditions are very important in this part of the world, and Kurdish epic poems called Lawj tell stories of love, adventure, and battles. The first evidence of Kurdish literature is from the seventh century. 

Kurdish to English Translation

Translating English to Kurdish isn’t extremely difficult. English and Kurdish share many rules of grammar, which many native English speakers pick up pretty easily. 


This language’s grammar follows the subject, object, verb order. 


The one difficulty many native English speakers run into when learning Kurdish is the pronunciation of words. Hearing Kurdish spoken out loud is one of the best ways to properly learn how to pronounce different words.


Many native English speakers may also run into challenges when translating Kurdish to English (and vice versa) because the language is written using Latin or Arabic lettering. 


Deciphering an entirely new language can be difficult for many native English speakers. Yet, if you already have some experience reading Arabic or Latin texts, you may find translations a little easier. 


Kurdish also doesn’t have mutually intelligible dialects. Meaning the different dialects of the language don’t differ from each other very much. You can travel to different Kurdish-speaking nations throughout the world and generally understand the language’s variations easily — once you’ve mastered basic Kurdish translation.


Trying to learn Kurdish online? Need fast translations for travel, school, or business? We recommend using machine translation software that has a Kurdish translation tool and can easily translate text to speech, such as the Vocre app, available on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iOS. 


Software such as Google Translate or Microsoft’s language learning app doesn’t offer the same English translation accuracy as paid apps. 

Kurdish Translation Services

English-Kurdish translators and translation services often charge nearly $100 an hour, as this is considered a specialized language. If you’re trying to translate longer texts, this can get pretty pricey, so we recommend inputting the text into a language translation software program or app. 


Check out our online translation tool that can help you learn basic words and phrases, such as hello in other languages

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Do you have experience with Kurdish translation? What challenges do you run into when translation Kurdish to English or English to Kurdish? 

Common Chinese Phrases

Chinese is a beautiful (yet challenging) language. In addition to words, phrases and verb conjugations, you’ll need to learn an entirely new alphabet that’s comprised of symbols. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. These common Chinese phrases will get you started if you’re traveling east for business or pleasure.


Common Chinese Phrases: Greetings and Formalities

Looking for a crash-course in Mandarin? Don’t have time to learn an entirely new alphabet in a few weeks or days? These common Chinese phrases will get you started in case you’re traveling to China for a short trip. They’ll also impress your friends (and possibly even Chinese clients!). One of the best tips for learning a new language is immersing yourself in the culture.


Excuse me: láojià (劳驾)

Goodbye: zàijiàn (再见)

Hello: nǐ hǎo (你好)

How are you?: nǐ hǎo ma (你好吗)

I’m sorry: duì bu qǐ (对不起)

My name is: wǒ de míngzì shì (我的名字是)

Nice to meet you: hěn gāoxìng jiàn dào nǐ (很高兴见到你)

No: méiyǒu (没有)

No good: bù hǎo (不好)

Okay: hǎo (好)

Please: qǐng (请)

Thank you: xiè xie (谢谢)

Yes: shì (是)

You’re welcome: bú yòng xiè (不用谢)



Symbols Vs. Letters

The hardest part about learning common Chinese phrases is that you need to learn an entirely new alphabet in addition to new words — if you want to read and write in Mandarin. If you simply plan on memorizing the phonetic pronunciation of the word, you don’t really need to mess around with Chinese symbols too much.


The biggest difference between Chinese symbols and Western letters is that each symbol doesn’t represent a singular letter; it represents an entire concept. In addition to learning the symbols and words, you’ll also want to learn the more than 400 syllables that make up the language. 


Each Chinese syllable is also comprised of two parts: the sheng and yun (generally a syllable and a consonant). There are 21 shengs and 35 yuns in Chinese.


The best way to learn each? Take it step-by-step (and get some help along the way!).



Eating Out

Eating out in China can be slightly more challenging than in other countries (if you’re a westerner). Things move really fast in a Chinese restaurant and it’s easy to get mixed up. There are also many customs that westerners aren’t used to. You generally won’t ever need to ask for a menu because they’re almost always provided right away. 


Tipping is also not very common in most areas of China (especially ones that aren’t very touristy). Yet many westerners still want to leave gratuities, and leaving a small amount is appropriate.


Table for one: Yī zhuō (一桌)

How many people?: jǐ wèi (几位)

Have you eaten?: nǐ chī fàn le ma (你吃饭了吗)

I’d like a menu: bāng máng ná yī fèn cài dān (帮忙拿一个菜单)

I’m hungry: shí wǒ (饿)

What would you like?: Nín yào shénme?(您要什么)

Eat: chī ba (吃吧)

Waiter: fú wù yuán (服务员)

Gratuity: xiǎo fèi (费)

May I have the bill? mǎi dān (买单)

Spicy: là (辣)


Common Lodging Phrases 

If you’re checking into a large hotel in a touristy area, you won’t need to communicate in Chinese. Most hotel staff now know enough English to communicate with guests. But if you’re staying in a budget hotel or a hotel in a remote area, you might need a little Mandarin to get by. You might also need to know a little Mandarin if you’re checking into an Airbnb or home share. Many DIY hoteliers don’t know other languages — and generally don’t need to. 


Besides, you’ve come this far… why not try out your newfound skills with a local?


For these phrases, we have not included the Chinese characters along with the pinyin pronunciations as you won’t generally need to read or recognize these symbols as they won’t be posted on hotel signs generally.


I’m checking in: wǒ yào bàn rù zhù

I have a reservation: wǒ yù dìng le fáng jiān

I’d like to make a reservation: wǒ xiǎng yùdìng jīntiān wǎnshàng de fàndiàn

Do you have any vacancies?: yǒu kōng fáng jiān?

How do I get to the metro? Wǒ zěnme qù dìtiě

I need clean towels: Wǒ xūyào gānjìng de máojīn

I’m checking out: wǒ yào tuì fáng



Travel Phrases in Mandarin

Here are some common Chinese phrases you might need to use for basic travel throughout the country. If you’re trying to catch a taxi or pay for a souvenir, these will be extremely helpful. Of course, you can always download a translation app, such as the Vocre app, available on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iOS – to help you out, should you get stuck.


Where is the bathroom: Xǐshǒujiān zài nǎlǐ? (洗手间在哪里)

How much?/what is the cost?: Duō shǎo? (多少)

I don’t understand: Wǒ bù míngbái (我不明白)

Train: Péiyǎng (培养)

Taxi: Chūzū chē (出租车)

Car: Qìchē (汽车)

Wallet: Qiánbāo (钱包)

Bus: Zǒngxiàn (总线)

If you’re traveling to China soon, check out some of our other resources for travel, including the best travel apps for last-minute travel.

Headed to other areas of Asia? Check out our guide on Malay to English translation.

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