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Zazaki is spoken by about 3 to 6 million people in parts of central and eastern Turkey. It belongs to the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian language family and has quite a lot in common with such languages as Gilaki and Talyshi.

Zazaki was first written in 1850 using a version of the Arabic alphabet. In the 1980s use of the Latin alphabet to write Zazaki became popular among the Zazaki diaspora in Sweden, France and Germany. Since then a number of books and magazines have been published in Zazaki, and there are some radio and TV programmes in the language.

Zazaki Arabic alphabet

Zazaki Arabic alphabet

Zazaki Latin alphabet (Elifba Zazaki)

Zazaki alphabet and pronunciation

Zazaki sample text

Visp mashyi zayene verdais ra hem heuuant rasnuyay hem heseveyai. I thvarshiyane pe muni hem baodenga ; i gehe vera jumini mainyaiha birariye shiaonere.

Sample text provided by Avesta Zazaki


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Information about Zazaki | Useful phrases in Zazaki


Information about Zazaki

Zazaki phrases

Enstitüyê Zazaki (Zazaki Language Institute)

Zazaki radio

Zazali portal

Iranian languages

Avestan, Baluchi, Dari, Gilaki, Juhuri, Kurdish, Mazandarani, Ossetian, Persian, Parthian, Pashto, Sarikoli, Shabaki, Shughni, Tajik, Talysh, Tat, Wakhi, Yaghnobi, Zazaki

Other languages written with the Latin, Cyrillic and Arabic alphabets.