The language Dari is the variety of Persian spoken in Afghanistan, where it is one of the two official languages, along with Pashto, and is used as a lingua franca among the different language communities.
Dari is also used as the medium of instruction in Afghan schools. About 5 million people speak Dari in Afghanistan. There are also about 2.5 million Dari speakers in the Iran and Pakistan.
Dari is known as دری (Darī), فارسی دری (Fārsī-ye Darī) or Afghan Persian.
It is mutually intelligible with Persian (Farsi) of Iran, though there are some differences in pronunciation and grammar. Dari is written with a version of the Perso-Arabic script.