My case for Farsi (Persian), Part 1: Landscapes of Iran
This is the first post in a series that I'll be making about Iran, including talking about the culture, the beauty of the landscape, the architecture, the long history of the country and, of course, the fascinating language. These posts are meant to build support for the addition of the language.
The most fascinating part of a language isn't necessarily how it's spoken, whether something is pronounced one way, or something else another. That's interesting, but it's not what is at the heart of a language. The heart, the core of a language is the people who speak it, how they act, where they live, what their culture is like, their history, what they write, say, and eat. At its core, Farsi is one of the amazing languages ever spoken. Let me show you why I think this.<h1>One of the most beautiful countries in the world</h1>
Iran, the country where Farsi is spoken, is the 18th largest in the world by land area. It's also one of the most varied, beautiful and interesting. Here are some pictures of the many different landscapes:
Mount Damavand, the highest mountain in the Middle East.
Badab-e Surt,Mazandaran, Iran
Sanandaj, Kurdistan, Iran
Shahrak-e Namak Abrud, Iran
Mazandaran Province, Iran
Amir Kabir Dam, Iran
Dasht-e Lut, Iran
Rudkhan Castle, Iran
These are only a few pictures, but there are many more stunning landscapes and locations in Iran. This page shows many more beautiful places there.
This is the end of my first post, I hope you enjoyed it! My next post will be about Persian culture. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, or my good friend Maede who has applied to build a course for the Farsi language.
First of all I appreciate you dear Jack, I know you have spent a lot of time to prepare this post, I'm glad to see you've become interested in Iran and anything related to this country... :) To tell you the truth, I have not had the chance to visit all the cities of Iran myself, but those places that I've gone were really nice, Isfahan, Shiraz, Hamedan, Mash'had, Gilan, Mazandaran and.... No description can tell you how great Iran is, I hope someday we travel all around Iran together to see the beautiful landscapes including beaches, mountains and historical monuments... And I hope Duolingo accepts me as a contributor for Farsi-English course :)
Mersi, my friend! I will make a post including all the beautiful cities of your country! I hope someday to see all of this! And I also hope that you're accepted as a contributor, then I would know that the course would definitely be amazing :D
ha ha, Thanks :D I hope you someday have the chance to come here dear friend :)
Yeah! You're right. I haven't been there myself but I saw some nice documentaries about Iranian landscapes. I liked it instantly.. (not to mention Jack's pictures above!)
Thank you very much for your contributions, Maede =]. I love your Memrise course, and I hope Farsi gets admitted into the incubator in the future. I'm a fan of Iranian history and literature, and I would love being able to read Persian poems someday. All my best wishes for you.
Hey! Great post! It's a pleasure to see language lovers like you GeniusJack, overcome different barriers and try to connect the hearts. Actually that's what Duolingo does in the first place!
I am definitely for Persian and being my mother tongue, I'll be more than happy to contribute to a Farsi course.
P.S. I didn't know there are such active fellow Persians here like Maede! (Hi there!) Most of whom I've met were like stealth or something! :D
Thanks Ehsan, I hope Farsi course would be at the Incubator as soon as possible :) and you're right, unfortunately I've found no active Iranians here... :)
There have been a fair number of Iranians on here, but I think a lot of the ones I met found they needed to work on their English before they could use it to work on other languages, which only underscores the need for an English for Persian/Farsi speakers course.
Wow awesome pics! I am ashamed that I never looked into the country more, I didn't realize it could have such a varied geography (never has been my strongest pursuit, to be honest). Yes I hope there is a farsi course on here soon. In my city there are a lot of people who speak farsi and I would love to be able to learn a bit so I can at least greet people and carry a basic conversation in shops etc!
I have created a basic Farsi course on Memrise, try it :) http://www.memrise.com/course/385800/basic-farsi-6/
awesome! I have it bookmarked and once I get a good grip on spanish I will for sure check it out, thank you!
Motshakeram for creating this course, I started it two weeks ago and made more progress than in another Farsi course in a month! :) You seem to know pretty well what's most important for beginners and how to implement grammar exercises in the Memrise format (takes creativity). Still it would be even cooler if you and fellows Persians could develop a Duolingo course.
If two people contribute for a course and have good applications, it means it'll start soon!
Did you get a reply? Cause im going to appli soon. My native language is persian I just live in canada. :(
You are such an Ambassador of Persian culture
always a pleasure to hear from you
you such re-post the literary magazine
and introduce us to some of the new writings
that open up that marvelous world
Persia and Armenia are, in my opinion, one of the coolest places in the world. Not to mention that I believe Armenian and Farsi are one of the most beautiful languages in the world (alongside French) :)
Persia cultural treasure chest
poetry is their X-factor
. Classical Persian poetry
The Qasideh, Masnavi, Qazal and Ruba’i.
are largely unsuited to translation
but their language and music
bring delight to all that hear
We should all become acquainted
A marvelous historical tradition
that continues to this day
Something to be proud of
This is the next language I want to learn. I hope Duolingo gets this course started soon. I could then say more than hello to my brother in law when he calls.
I didn't realize Iran was such a pretty country. It has a very interesting history to boot.
Iran is prettier than it is on the map. Which means even though a map shows a plateau and desert, it still has a lot of pretty features.
The beauty of the place is that you can see every kind of whether in Iran at the same time. You can ski in Dizin today and ride a camel and sweat like hell in the desert the day after! (no pun intended)
Thank you, it is great to have something while we wait for the duolingo course!
Thanks, I am going to start using it tomorrow. For some reason I never thought there were on line Farsi programs.
Farsi is an absolutely beautiful language! :D #MaedeIsAwesome #FarsiForever
The Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forest is beautiful! Sorry for not voting for Persian in the poll. ;)
That is an incredible set of images, thanks for sharing them.
I have only been to Iran once back in the 60s and my recollection was of a very hot and humid place, but that was in Abadan on the Shatt-al-arab, but the town may not even be called that now of course.
I really liked the fantastic cosmopolitan feel of the place but was unable to see other parts of the country.
By the way, I have never been to Abadan but I think Shatt-al-Arab is called Arvandrood in Iran, because half of the river is located in Iraq and half in Iran :)
I have a collection of old picture of Abadan city. I can send them to you or maybe I will put them in new discussion on duolingo some day.
Beautiful pictures, this must have taken ages for you to write and set up. I'm sure you will be tempting more than a few people into learning Farsi.
Thank you! I sure hope I am encouraging people to learn this language, that's part of the point of the post :D It really didn't take that long, only about 2 hours, actually.
I thought the Middle East was all desert. I had no idea they had actual greenery.
That is a common misconception. There are many beautiful places there, especially Iran.
Yes. Every time they show it on TV its sand as far as the eye can see. It also looked hot and I would wonder "how on earth can those women stand to be in that black dress covered up like that when its like 600 degrees in the shade, lol."
Am I? Wouldn't be surprised. I don't know a thing about the Middle East, except what I've heard the few times I watch TV. It's always made to look like it's miserable there and that they've never progressed past the 12th century. I'm glad to be on Duolingo and talk to people from or who have an interest in that part of the world. It gets rid of those silly stereotypes and misconceptions.
Mass media makes that all time! I'm Colombian, my country is also a victim of stereotypes and misconceptions. No place is like you imagine, always there's a surprise waiting for you!
The cities of Iran are in the 21st century. If you go deep into the countryside like many 3rd world countries, things are totally different.
I'm really sad to hear these. Ironically I used to think people are more aware in more advanced countries! Anyway as a fun activity I suggest watching a 1997 movie called "Wag the dog" with Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. It might clear things up about media though it might suggest bit of an extreme case.
Yes, I am happy to report that there is actual greenery in Iran and it is verdant and full of life! (:
These pictures are extraordinarily beautiful. I hope someday in the near future that the onerous restrictions and bureaucratic obstacles for travelers to Iran will be improved.
Of course, to stay on topic, if Duolingo ever gets a course in this language there will be an argument over whether to call it "Persian" or "Farsi" the likes of which we have never seen. Linguist fights are the nastiest sort! :)
Thanks for posting Jack. I'm studying geology, so imagine how greatly surprised I am!! what a beautiful landscapes!! I'd like to go to Iran... Farsi for Spanish, please!
Sanandaj looks a bit like Bolivia and Shahrak-e Namak Abrud looks like the Colombian coffee region. So, if I'd see these pictures in other place I wouldn't know that they're Iranian landscapes (except Mazandaran's picture, it is just unmistakable)
I'm an Iranian studying Spanish. Would love to help you learn Farsi, and get some help from you if you don't mind.
I recall that I checked it out last year, but I'm not sure if I applied (maybe I did, but didn't get a reply?). Honestly I've kinda given up on Duo providing Farsi course. I've seen many posts asking for Farsi and yet there's no sign of starting one. It's sort of disappointing. Seems like they don't have any intention to -at least not for now. Cuz I don't think the problem is the lack of incubators.
But I'm applying again anyway. I'd love to help others learn Farsi:)
They haven't given up! Farsi is the 24th most spoken language by number of native speakers! :) Please, apply again! They will bring it soon, hopefully in a few months :)
Oh thank you! I've seen some Mazandaran's landscapes before, it's such a beautiful place (like the rest of Iran), you're so lucky!! And I also love that weather :3 haha! greetings :)
As much as I would like to visit Iran, I cannot. Our governments despise one another, and Iran blocked access to all Israelis(Israeli passport). But at least it proves that the Middle East is not all desert, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iran are all flourishing, and green (in some parts). I would also like to know if the Iranians hate the Israeli people, or is it just the governments?
Oh OK. that's good, I hope that someday, Israelis will be able to visit Israel, and Iranians will be able to visit Israel. Shalom(שלום) from Israel. (I believe it's salaam in Farsi, quite similar)
Oh this made me tear up a bit! This post has made me all emotional! LOL! Thank you so much for this post! (: Sepas az shoma! ^_^
Nice Pictures Jack! I can provide you more information for your next parts.
Governments never speak for the people and the news just lie and distort things (especially internationally). Beautiful pictures, cool discussion here. Can't wait for the next one.
Salam! first of all, like that post of iranian food, I love this one too! I'm from Iranian Kurdistan and I must say its natural landscapes are brilliant! There's a cave near my hometown Javanrud called the Quri Qaleh cave which is Asia's biggest water cave, I recommend visiting this cave upon your trip to iran Jack :D Everybody's welcome here! (^_^). Have a look: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/352899320772383245/