The Kurdish population is spread across several countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, among others. There are multiple dialects, as well. If someone wanted to study a single Kurdish dialect with the purpose of communicating with Kurds across each of these countries, is one dialect more preferable than the others?

My understanding is that Northern Kurdish is the most dominant, but is it comprehensible to the other dialects? Or is a smaller dialect more universally intelligible among Kurds? Or are all the dialects similar enough that it doesn't matter?


The Kurdish language contains many dialects and most of them are different from each other and there are two main dialects of Surani and Kurmanji, for example, the Kurds of Syria speak Kermangi and Iraqi Kurds speak the two by region

  • Are Surani and Kurmanji mutually intelligible? Is one more dominant than the other? Is "Kurmanji" the same thing as "Kermangi"? – AML Aug 20 at 14:02

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