Add Persian language
Hello everyone my name is Pedram and I'm a native Persian(Farsi) speaker who teaches English in Tehran , I would like to suggest duolingo to add a Persian language course and I'd be more than happy to help because it would be an honor for me to try to promote the Persian language and culture which are one of the richest, oldest and one of the most beautiful languages in the world.
I have always dreamed about visiting Tehran and Shiraz, doing some English teaching for a little while(though not more than a month or two because of my fiancee). I would be grateful beyond grateful if you were a part of getting this language up and running. Though I want to ask, will you do anything about Dari and Tajik? I am told Dari just has a few slight vocabulary differences, but Tajik uses a completely different alphabet. Will this be all three major dialects or just Farsi?
Hello, native Farsi speaker here! All three, Dari, Tajik and Farsi are major dialects of Persian. Farsi is more prominent and also more updated, and has more Arabic loanwords than the other two. Dari, is an older form of Persian with a completely different intonation and not-that-slight differences in vocabulary. Where Farsi speakers would prefer French words or pronunciations, Dari speakers prefer English. (For example, Farsi speakers call "chocolate" /shokolaat/, while Dari speakers call it /chaaklet/, according to Farhang Moaaser's Farsi-Dari Dari-Farsi Dictionary) Nonetheless, we understand each other pretty well. Tajik, on the other hand, is written in Cyrillic instead of the Persian alphabet, as you mentioned. People can understand each other when speaking, but usually not when writing. From the very little exposure I've had to Tajik, their vocabulary doesn't have striking differences from ours. Tajik is also newer than Dari.
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I would very much like to learn Farsi and Dari both. I actually almost got picked up by the US military just because I was in shape and could through some Persian around(in shape geeks who care about the middle East are a rare treat and the Navy eats us up), but then I realized that a job where one mistranslation during a peace talk or a negotation could kill everyone isn't for me. Too stressful, ya know? But I still want very badly to see Persia.
Regarding at resources, learning Farsi should be easier. (And possibly more useful as well.) I suggest you strengthen your Farsi, then branch out to Dari. I honestly have no idea of the actual relationship between US forces and the so-called "Islamic" republic's forces in the area, but I know this; Farsi is not a language of war and resentment, but quite the opposite. Persian literature is proof of that. Overall, you won't regret having learned Farsi! ^_^
I meant more for Afghanistan, but yeah. And oh I know, the literature from Persian is just lovely! Rumi is a genius of love!
That just proves my point, but at a larger scale; I know next to nothing about Middle-east relationships!
Lovely, literally! :D Indeed, and His Lordship Rumi is also skilled at what we call "educational literature". It also wouldn't be fair not to name Haafez (Hafiz) when it comes to love! :D
To keep it simple and not be political, just to where it counts for why I was considering military, if I spoke Persian I could be paid a lot of money to go to Afghanistan to speak to Afghan soldiers and help relay orders between them in allied movements with the USA.
And I have never read any Hafeez so thank you very much for pointing me towards a new name!
I'm pretty sure if a course is made that one dialect will be chosen, probably Farsi. I've heard that Dari and Farsi speakers can understand each other very well, but as you said Tajik uses the Cyrillic alphabet and differs in vocab and grammar. Maybe it could be added as a bonus skill?
That could possibly work. I am curious about what would happen if Dari and Farsi got sort of wrapped up into one course. Car and gun could be suggested translations for the same word.
Thanks! P.S. I hope they use your voice for the pronunciation if you get in. I am told that the Tehran accent is dignified and beautiful.
Your discussion will soon be buried under new discussions, and it may not be seen at all. I find that many people (specially non-native English speakers) don't even bother to read Lrtward's post here, on the procedure of adding a language. (You'll see it when you enter discussions) To vote for adding Farsi, you should upvote this discussion, as mentioned in Lrtward's post.
You're welcome :) Did you read my comment in that discussion? It's been for two years that I've been filling a lot of forms and still I have not got any emails for contribution :( sometimes Duolingo surprises people and suddenly adds a new language. I found many Iranians who want to add Persian (find them in the discussions below). Duolingo says first we've got to contribute English for Persian speakers first then Persian for English speakers, now we have English for Arabic speakers so Arabic for English speakers comes sooner. I can tell you more if you want (I'm experienced too much about Duolingo) but it's much better to read it by your own so please check out theses discussions :
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