Dari has its roots in the Iranian branch of the Indo-European family of languages.

Dari, along with Pashto, is one of the official languages of Afghanistan. It is used as a lingua franca and taught in schools, and is the predominant language of broadcasting and the press. Some of the dialects spoken in Afghanistan are Herati Dari, Kabuli Dari, Khorasani Dari. It is also spoken by some communities in Iran (Yazd Dari and Kerman Dari) and Pakistan.

Although politics and geography have made them distinct, Dari shares a continuous history with Persian (Farsi) and Tajik. They share commonalities of grammar and vocabulary, however significant regional differences can be found between the three languages. Persian in Iran and Dari in Afghanistan can be mutually intelligible phonologically and lexically, owing to the latter's similarities with literary Persian. However, modern Dari is said to be moving closer to Tajik in vocabulary and usage.

CLASSIFICATION = Indo-European family, SCRIPT = Perso-Arabic
Beginner's Dari : With audio CD DARI CBEG 2(PACK)
Dari : an elementary textbook DARI CBEG 3(PACK)
Learn Dari DARI CBEG 1
English Pashto & Dari Dictionary - 2nd ed. DARI DICO 1
Dari grammar and phrase book DARI GRAM 1
Dari : Dari-English English-Dari dictionary & phrasebook DARI VOCAB 2
Dari phrasebook DARI VOCAB 1(PACK)
At five in the afternoon PER FILM 23(DVD)*
A flickering truth DARI DOCU 1(DVD)*
The patience stone DARI FILM 1(DVD)*