General Tech Support - Kurdish Language
Thread poster: Maria Henning Saud

Maria Henning Saud
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Dec 19, 2003


I have a friend that needs help in finding a way to write in Kurdish Language. She has Windows XP. Can someone give me a hint? What does she need? She's got the right keyboard but it seems something else is needded.
Any help is welcome!

Thank you very much.


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Andrzej Lejman  Identity Verified
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Go to Control Panel Dec 20, 2003

then to Local Settings and install language support for the language of your need. Windows XP CD-ROM may be needed.

This should work.

Good luck!

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Kurdish (Arabic and Latinized Alphabets) in Win XP Dec 22, 2003


Hope the following helps.

I use MS Windows XP and MS Office XP for word-processing into Kurdish (Kurmanji and Sorany dialects), both the Latinzied (left-to-right) and "Arabized" (right-to=left, cursive) alphabets.

Although Kurdish is not included in the selection of supported languages inside MS Windows XP, the closest and most-workable versin is Farsi, due to the fonts and distinctove characters involved in the Arabized Kurdish alphabet

This should work:

START => control panel => regional settings => add Languages => (dropdown list appears) => Farsi => insert CD for Windows XP and proceed with the installation. Reboot the PC.

A small language selection box should appear in the lower-left or lower-right side of your desktop. EN = English; FA = Farsi


Next, to get the correct keyboard layout diagram, go to the Micosoftt website.

Enter "Farsi" (without the quotes) in the box for searching the MS site.

Go to one of the linked pages that shows the Farsi keyboard layout diagram.

Print that diagram, then copy the page X 150% larger so the characters on the keys appear more clearly and legible.

Then your friend needs to practice, practice, practice keyboard mapping until your friend becomes accustomed to the keystrokes.

If other technical questions about wotking in Kurdish (Latinized or Arabized alpahbets), let me know. Glad to advise and assist on such things.

Kurdish is not hard to word-process in XP when the right support is installed and enabled.

*** Do not install Arabic support, as some into-Kurdish characters, when typed inside Arabic support, will be mangled or missing, but Farsi support handles those correctly.

Hope this helps.


Stephen H. Franke
(English Arabic,
Kurdish, and Farsi)

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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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It all depends on which script your friend would use Dec 22, 2003

Here are some links to downloads both for Arabic and Latin scripts - still more (including Kurdish fonts with Cyrillic script maybe) could be found on the search engines with keywords like "Kurdish+Windows XP":

I am not sure to what extent it could be of help to you, but in the link below there is also info on the efforts to create a pan-Kurdish alphabet encompassing all three scripts used for this language:

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