Persian Language

rial

Photos – Iranian currency of rial

The name Iran means the Land of the Aryans (source: Wikipedia) and it is not a big surprise when we find common Hindi words in Farsi (or rather common Farsi words in Hindi).

There are couple of Hindi words that we use here quite often – dosth (friend), yek (one), panj (five) and chai (tea). So who ever can speak Urdu or Hindi, can learn Farsi quite fast. We, the non-speaking Hindi / Urdu Malaysians on the other hand are learning Farsi on rather slower pace – probably one word one day. Words like:-

Boro boro – go go (used by cab driver when wanted the car in front to speed up before the light turns red)

Tatil – holiday (our favourite word on Wednesdays – Thursdays and Fridays are off days here in Tehran)

Chetori – how are you? (for which the answer to this would be khubam or good even though one is not feeling well)

And of the favourite of my colleague here – dus say ta ram (I love you) and he is learning new ones too – panjshambe berim cinema (on Thursday, let’s go for cinema).

(To be continued)

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