Let’s learn about the Persian language

Though we haven’t discussed specific languages in a while, we’d love to continue this series of languages and the next language we’re going to cover is Persian. In the past, we’ve learned about Spanish and Cantonese.

 

Persian is the national language in Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. It has twenty-three consonants and six vowel sounds. Unlike English, it is written from right to left, though numbers are written from left to right. It uses an alphabet that is based on Arabic script.

 

What are the Persian dialects?

 

There are three recognized Persian dialects.

 

In Iran, the language is known as Farsi, but it is known as Dari in Afghanistan and Tajik in Tajikistan.

 

Boston University wrote, “Persian is not related to Arabic, though it is written in a variety of the same alphabet. Its relatives are the languages of northern India and, more distantly, the major European languages, including English.”

 

Who speaks Persian?

 

People across the world speak Persian. In fact, a lot of people across the world do. It is believed that over 62 million people speak Persian worldwide as their first language, and 50 million speak Persian as a second language. This puts Persian on the list of the top 20 most popular languages.

 

There are over half a million Persians living in the USA.

 

The history of Persian.

 

Persian is a language with a long history, and it has been around for an incredibly long time. Old Persian was used until about the 3rd century BCE, then Middle Persian was used until about the 9th century BCE, and since then, Modern Persian has emerged.

 

The importance of Persian translators.

 

 

Since Persian is one of the top 20 most popular languages in the world, it’s common that a Persian translator is needed. When you work with a Persian translator, there is benefit in working with a translator who understands the specific dialectic you’re working with to ensure that the context and interpretation are true to the original meaning.

 

If you need a Persian translator, we can help! We are connected with translators across the world who speak a variety of languages. If you need someone to translate to or from Farsi, Dari, Tajik, or another language/dialectic, please contact us. We would be happy to connect you with a translator who can help with your specific project.


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