Badeshi written in the Arabic script
Native toPakistan
RegionBishigram Valley, Chail
Native speakers
3[1] (2018)
Arabic script,[2] words also transcribed in Latin script
Language codes
ISO 639-3bdz

Badeshi is an unclassified Indo-Iranian language spoken in northern Pakistan.[3] The language is critically endangered and considered at risk of extinction. In 2018, the BBC found three men who could still speak the language.[1]

Muhammad Zaman Sagar, a field linguist connected to the Forum for Language Initiative, has worked on this language. But as a result of his research during two years, he collected only about one hundred words.[1] In July 2007, he visited the Bishigram Valley again and spent some days with the people there. There are efforts to retain a record of the language by linguist Zubair Torwali among others.[4]

In 2018, BBC reporters found three old men (Said Gul, Ali Sher and Rahim Gul) who could still speak Badeshi in the Bishigram Valley in Northern Pakistan.[1] They said that the Torwali language had taken over from Badeshi in their village. The men also had worked in tourist areas in the Swat valley where they spoke Pashto. Some phrases of Badeshi were:


  1. ^ a b c d e Syed, Zafar (26 February 2018). "Only three people speak this language". BBC News. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Usage of Nasta'liq in the Modern Publications - Typography Day" (PDF). Typography Day.
  3. ^ Hulst, Harry van der; Goedemans, Rob; Zanten, Ellen van (2010). A Survey of Word Accentual Patterns in the Languages of the World. Walter de Gruyter. p. 551. ISBN 978-3-11-019631-3.
  4. ^ Khaliq, Fazal (10 January 2018). "Swat's ancient language breathing its last". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 5 December 2018.