Pashto voice-over production made simple
As an established Pashto voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Pashto Voice-Over Service and Pashto Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Pashto voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Pashto voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Pashto voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Pashto voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Pashto audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Pashto voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email email@example.com or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the Pashto language
Pashto (also written as Pukhto, Pakhto or Pushto and historically known as Afghani or Pathani) belongs to the Eastern Iranian sub-group of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family of languages. Its closest relatives are Persian and Kurdish.
Pashto is the native language of the Pashtun people of South-Central Asia. Experts are unsure about the specific origins of the language, but generally agree that the earliest written example dates back to the 16th century (an account of Shekh Mali’s conquest of Swat).
The development of Pashto has been influenced by a number of other languages, including Greek, Saka, Parthian, Persian, Tajik, Uzbek and the Prakrit languages of northwestern India.
Pashto became the national language of Afghanistan in 1936. Read more
Which countries have Pashto as a national language?
Pashto is co-official in Afghanistan, along with Dari, and is recognised as a minority language in Pakistan.
How many people speak Pashto as their first language?
It is estimated that between 40-60 million people speak Pashto as their first language worldwide. Most of these live in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but there are also significant Pashto-speaking communities in Iran, India, Tajikstan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the United States.
Did you know…
- There are several dialects of Pashto. One way of grouping them distinguishes two main dialects – a ‘softer’ dialect spoken in the south (which can be further divided into southwestern and southeastern varieties) and a ‘harsher’ dialect spoken in the north (further divided into northwestern – sometimes called central – and northeastern varieties).
- Pashto is written using a modified version of the Arabic script, with the Pashto alphabet consisting of 44 letters and four diacritic marks. It has extra letters to represent Pashto sounds. There are two standard written forms of the language – one based on the dialect of Kandahar and one on the dialect of Peshawar.
- In Afghanistan, Dari is the more prestigious language, used in business and higher education. But Pashto is a required subject in schools and the lyrics of Afghanistan’s national anthem are in Pashto.
The Afghanistan economy
Years of conflict have taken their toll on Afghanistan, and although the economy has grown since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, around 35% of the population is unemployed and 36% live below the national poverty line.
The country suffers from lack of infrastructure, criminality, weak governance and high dependence on foreign aid.
There is some hope for the future, however; the government claims that the country could be one of the richest mining regions in the world, with up to $3 trillion in proven untapped mineral deposits.