Learn Balochi 101

Posted on July 24, 2008
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Owais Mughal

Growing up in the city called mini-Pakistan (Karachi), my ears got accustomed to listening to almost every spoken language and dialects of Pakistan. So much so that in some areas of the city one could even hear languages whose origin was as far as in South India e.g. Malabari, Malyalam etc. As I try to recall, the words of one language that is unfortunately missing from my memory’s audio library is Balochi. How many of us can recall the sounds and words of Balochi?

So we have thought of this blog as an experiment on spoken Balochi at ATP where we’ll try to learn few words; you and us together. If you know Balochi, please help us learn and correct any mistakes we may be making here. If you don’t, please join us in learning a few words. If people find this interesting we may try this for other languages too.

The image to the right is a Zahoor Shah Hashmi’s poem about Balochi langauge

So here is a lesson in learning basic Balochi which I have compiled from other sources (references below). Let’s start with the greetings and if there is enough interest generated in this post, we will continue it to further lessons or spread it to other languages of Pakistan. By the way you are also welcome to give translation of following words/salutations as comments in any language that you know of.

Image to the right is the set of Balochi alphabets alongwith their Urdu and English counterparts as well as their pronunciation.

welcome = washaatke
Live long life = zendag baate
How are you = chone tao?
I am fine = man washon’ or man washan’ everybody is okay = duraen’ washaan’

washon (For first person)
washan’ (For first and third person)
washe’ (For second person)

thanks = minnat vaar
thank you = taee minnat vaaran’

Dear = dousten’ / doustigen’
Dear Brother = dousten’ / doustigen’ braat
Dear Sister = dousten’ / doustigen’ gohaar
Sister = gohaar / gwaar / gowaar
Dear Sis: Banoken’ gohar
sorry = bebaksh / bebagsh
Excuse Me = mana bebahgsh
Congrats = Mubarek baa

are you feeling well? = taee jaan washen’
are you okay? = tao washen’

ATP’s Other Posts Related to Balochistan

Balochistan and topics related to it have remained very popular at Pakistaniat. Following is a recap of our earlier posts on these related topics.

1. Pakistan Gives: ATP’s Contribution to Balochistan Cyclone Relief
2. Baluchitherium – The Beast of Balochistan
3. Nawab Akbar Bugti Killed
4. Gwadar Port: A Great Development Project or A Great Game
5. Zhob Valley Railway (ZVR)
6. Bolan Pass Railway
7. The Trans-Balochistan Railway
8. Learning Resource Center, Nushki – Balochistan
9. Owning Fred Bremner – Historic Photos of Balochistan
10. Balochistan Travelogue: Ziarat ke zaair
11. Mud Volcanoes of Balochistan
12. Hingol National Park of Balochistan
13. Cyclone Havoc in Balochistan
14. Lasbela, Balochistan – Tourism
15. Khojak Tunnel – Railways in Balochistan
16. Chappar Rift – Railways in Balochistan
17. Karez Irrigation in Balochistan
18. Pishin: Food, Fruit and History
19. Astola Island – Off the coast of Balochistan, Pakistan

References For Learn Balochi 101:

(1) Zahida Raees
(2) Title photo is a sample Balochi text from Omniglot

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31 responses to “Learn Balochi 101”

  1. Adil Najam says:

    Owais, I think this is a wonderful idea. I do hope you also do it with other languages.

    By the way, that first piece (black) sounds so much like Farsi (Persian) testifying, I think, to similar roots and close contacts between the two languages.

  2. Owais Mughal says:

    Adil you are right about the resemblance. Yesterday, I spent atleast an hour trying to verify if title text is Baluchi and not Farsi. I am still not 100% sure. That is why we need some help from our readers. I had found this ‘sher’ on a Balochi website but It looks very similar to Farsi.

  3. falcon says:

    I’m pretty sure the text above is Farsi. The words, the grammer, it looks like farsi to me. If it is indeed Balochi, it’ll be an interesting surprise :)

  4. Saqib says:

    I have two comments. The above text in black is for sure in persian. The point to note is, that Baluchi language contains about 50% of Persian words. Secondly the Baluchi of “How are you” is ” Che Haal ae”. I checked these from my Baluchi collegue, but he himself cannot fully speak and read Baluchi language so I did not get much help.

  5. Anwer says:

    Yes, this is pure Persian and the two verses are part of a long and beautiful poem in the “Kulyat Shams Tabrizi” of Maulana Jalal-ud-Din Rumi. The original is slightly different from the version given in this post and is as follows:

  6. Owais Mughal says:

    Anwer Saheb, thanks for educating us. I’ve now changed the title text with an authentic Balochi ‘ghazal’. Its English or Urdu translation is unknown to me.

    Saqib, see if your friend can translate the title ghazal for us.

  7. Raza Haider says:

    Could someone please tell me just how similar Baluchi is to Farsi (or different) and also to Pushto. Is it closer to Pushto or Farsi?

  8. Anwer says:

    Balochi is related to North Western Iranian languages such as Kurdish. Both Balochi and Pushto have been influenced by Persian; however, as a language it is closer to Persian than Pushto.

    A couple of useful links for Balochi language:


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