Friday, March 16, 2007

Rodnik Publishes Dari Phrasebook

When Bob Powers of Rodnik Publishing said that they added a Dari phrasebook to their list, we had to ask "What is Dari?" and here's Bob's reply:

I thought you'd never ask: Dari is one of the two main languages of Afghanistan and the one spoken by most people in Kabul. It's very close to Persian, which, fortuitously, I studied for a year at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. It helped me a lot when proof-reading the phrasebook. I chose Dari for a phrasebook because it's an instant conversation starter: "Dari? What's Dari?"

Bob is busy traveling Europe but hopes to make April's BPNW meeting. If you have news to share about new publications, just e-mail bpnwnews at And be sure to check out Rodnik's phrasebooks at