It might be that for you, as it was for me, the knowledge about things Persian limits with cats, rugs and the computer game with some fighty prince. You may even know that Persian adopted Arabic script and visually, of course, looks similar to it. But Persian is not Arabic, and some people consider rude this unawareness about how different Arabic and Persian really are.
What came first, Arabic or Persian? And what Farsi has to do with all of it? In order to avoid embarrassment and hurting somebody's feelings, let's learn several important facts about the Persian language:
Texts written in Arabic (on the left) and in Persian (on the right)
As you see, though it looks Arabic, it sounds Persian. And not only pronunciation is different. These two languages originate in different families: Arabic is a Semitic language, like Hebrew, for example, while Persian is Indo-European, like English. They say it is easier to an English speaking person to learn Farsi than Arabic—now you can see why ;)
Doesn't it amaze you how the language that appeared about 12 centuries before Arabic was influenced by the latter? I mean, they are so distinct, not even related in any way, and yet to the eye they seem almost brothers. What a trick! Farsi–Parsi–Booms!
Now that you know that they're not, I invite you to go deeper into Farsi as the magic continues...
!دست بردار (Des-behr-dehr) Come on!
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