The Kurdish Alphabet

Kurdish Latin Alphabet

A aB bC cÇ çD dE eÊ ê
F fG gH hI iÎ îJ jK k
L lŁ łM mN nŇ ňO oP p
R rŘ řS sŞ şT tU uÛ û
Ü üV vW wX xY yZ z

The Kurdish Latin Alphabet uses the Latin script. It has been derived from the Kurdish Hawar alphabet.

Example and Conversion Table

Kurdish Latin AlphabetExampleCyrillicAbjad
A aa in afterА аا
B bb in brotherБ бب
C cj in jogЩ щج
Ç çch in chatЧ чچ
D dd in doorД дد
E ea in about / e in redӘ әە
Ê êea in bearЭ эێ
F ff in fastФ фف
G gg in goatГ гگ
H hh in hillҺ һھ
I ii in tip / io in stationЬ ьئ
Î îee in treeИ иی
J js in measureЖ жژ
K kk in kiteК кک
L ll in lessonЛ лل
Ł łll in the Albanian word llojЛ’ л’ڵ
M mm in milkМ мم
N nn in noteН нن
Ň ňng in ringнгنگ
O oo in shoreO oۆ
P pp in panП пپ
R rr in the Spanish word peroР рر
Ř řrr in the Spanish word zorroР’ р’ڕ
S ss in sipС сس
Ş şsh in shellШ шش
T tt in tapТ тت
U uu in the Russian word sukhoj (сухой)Ӧ ӧو
Û ûu in the Spanish word tortugaУ уوو
Ü üü in the German word über——–ۊ
V vv in vestВ вڤ
W ww in waterԜ ԝو
X xch in the German word buchХ хخ
Y yy in yearЙ йی
Z zz in zebraЗ зز

We have removed the letter Q.

The letter Q, along with the sound it represents, are not from the Kurdish language.

The letter Ü is seen in the Kełhuřî dialect of the Kurdish language.


The Kurdish language has been spoken by people known as Kurds, native to the Zagros-Taurus mountains, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Transcaucasia, for thousands of years. The native people of this region developed two ancient writing systems known as Sumerian Cuneiform and Linear Elamite. The Kurdish language needs to use a writing script of its own. The Kurdish language should return to these writing scripts.

Cuneiform was used as early as the 4th millennium BCE within the Sumerian civilization of Mesopotamia. It began as Archaic Cuneiform until becoming Early Dynastic Cuneiform in the mid-3rd millennium BCE.

Elamite (Linear Elamite) was used as early as the 3rd millennium BCE within the Îlam region of the Zagros mountains.

Kurdish Writing

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