https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

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.

Iranian Kurdistan

Badab-e Surt,Mazandaran, Iran

Sanandaj, Kurdistan, Iran

Shahrak-e Namak Abrud, Iran

Mazandaran Province, Iran

Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests, Iran

Amir Kabir Dam, Iran

Dasht-e Lut, Iran

Rudkhan Castle, Iran

Nasqh-e Rustam. Here's a link to more pictures of the temples and palaces of the ancient city of Persepolis, most of them are absolutely beautiful! This city was part of the Achaemenid PersianEmpire.

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.

September 29, 2014

107 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

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 :)

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

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

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

ha ha, Thanks :D I hope you someday have the chance to come here dear friend :)

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raans
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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!)

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TavarishKotik

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.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/espi731

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

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

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... :)

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pleurocystites

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.

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

¡Tienes razón! :)

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazzdragon022

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!

September 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

I have created a basic Farsi course on Memrise, try it :) http://www.memrise.com/course/385800/basic-farsi-6/

September 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazzdragon022

awesome! I have it bookmarked and once I get a good grip on spanish I will for sure check it out, thank you!

October 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

you're welcome :)

October 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Polyglottomaniac

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.

July 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

Thank you so much for your nice words and "khahesh mikonam"! :)

July 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandApple

If two people contribute for a course and have good applications, it means it'll start soon!

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

I have applied to be a course contributor in August...

September 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sinaerf

Did you get a reply? Cause im going to appli soon. My native language is persian I just live in canada. :(

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

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

September 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

Thank you, Ehsan! It's my pleasure. :)

September 30, 2014

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    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) :)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarboraZel

    The truth has been spoken :).

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

    Persia cultural treasure chest

    Lyrical tradition

    poetry is their X-factor

    un-believable

    but marvelous

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

    . 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

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    Glad to hear that you know something about Persian Literature :)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

    We should all become acquainted

    A marvelous historical tradition

    that continues to this day

    Something to be proud of

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackedTortoise

    Beautiful pictures! I think I found my next desktop image :)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Ha! Thank you ! :)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    ha ha, I love your comment :D

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_helmer

    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.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Thank you! :) Next time your brother calls say salâm.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    You are a good teacher for Farsi :P

    October 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    You're an even better teacher :D

    October 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andro777

    Thanks for making this post Jack! I hope Duo accept Persian course too!

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    Jack is Awesome :P

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andro777

    I`m agree with you! He is one of the best users in Duolingo!

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Thank you, Andro, but I don't know if I'm worthy of that title. :)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Mersi Maede, but I'm only a Genius, you're the one who's Awesome.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pewpy

    I didn't realize Iran was such a pretty country. It has a very interesting history to boot.

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandApple

    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.

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/espi731

    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)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

    I would love to learn Farsi!

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    I have created a basic Farsi course on Memrise, you can try it :)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

    Thank you, it is great to have something while we wait for the duolingo course!

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_helmer

    Please what is Memrise?

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee
    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_helmer

    Thanks, I am going to start using it tomorrow. For some reason I never thought there were on line Farsi programs.

    October 2, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    You're welcome :)

    October 2, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LilPeterPan

    Farsi is an absolutely beautiful language! :D #MaedeIsAwesome #FarsiForever

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

    The Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forest is beautiful! Sorry for not voting for Persian in the poll. ;)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    It's Ok Lexi, you voted for what you liked the most :)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

    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.

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    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 :)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alekhandro

    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.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    Hope you someday have the chance to visit all the cities :)

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Mersi! :D I hope you get to visit again! :)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moomingirl

    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.

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    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.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    You are encouraging others while you haven't started yet :D

    October 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Yes I have! I started learning the alphabet :P

    October 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SkillsInPills

    I thought the Middle East was all desert. I had no idea they had actual greenery.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    That is a common misconception. There are many beautiful places there, especially Iran.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    desert?? :D :D

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SkillsInPills

    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."

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    Ah I got it.... you're talking about Saudi Arabia :)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SkillsInPills

    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.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlejoPF

    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!

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    And I'm glad to hear that :)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_helmer

    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.

    October 2, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/espi731

    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.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirifis

    Same here ! Thanks for the beautiful pics, GeniusJack.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    You're welcome! It's my pleasure! :)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Azure_Waters

    Yes, I am happy to report that there is actual greenery in Iran and it is verdant and full of life! (:

    January 20, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaydub2000

    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! :)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlejoPF

    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)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laya_a

    I'm an Iranian studying Spanish. Would love to help you learn Farsi, and get some help from you if you don't mind.

    October 7, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlejoPF

    Thank you! :) and of course I'd love to help you with your Spanish :D

    October 7, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laya_a

    estupendo!

    October 7, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Have you applied in the Incubator to contribute for Farsi?

    October 7, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laya_a

    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:)

    October 7, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    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 :)

    October 7, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cepeleux

    I live in Mazandaran ! It'll be our pleasure to have you here as a guest ;)

    October 13, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    Really? how's the weather like now? :)

    October 13, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cepeleux

    Cloudy with sporadic raining :)

    October 13, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    I love this weather, it is so cold here these days... :)

    October 13, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cepeleux

    yeah it's just lovely ! a two person kind of weather !

    October 13, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

    ha ha ha :D

    October 13, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlejoPF

    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 :)

    October 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cepeleux

    greetings ;) yeah , it's a real heaven up here . wish you come & see ;) www.youtube.com/watch?v=gscRsNv5BhE

    October 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shlafirylang

    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?

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andro777

    It is just the government! We don`t hate anyone!

    October 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shlafirylang

    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)

    October 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Azure_Waters

    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! ^_^

    January 20, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beppe

    Awesome images! Thanks

    September 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    My pleasure! :)

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alekhandro

    Nice Pictures Jack! I can provide you more information for your next parts.

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Thank you! That would be great!

    September 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nick90587

    Those photos are pretty amazing; never really had a good look at Iran

    October 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ForgedbyHistoria

    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.

    October 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_helmer

    Please be sure to have a post that talks about the delicious food.

    October 2, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

    Of course :D

    October 7, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soroush94

    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/

    February 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaralahAli

    How can we introduce a course for Persian??

    October 13, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chuggy370

    If you guys want to learn Farsi, try out this website:

    http://www.easypersian.com/

    February 10, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/afarrokhi

    Add Persian please

    January 2, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TavarishKotik

    I'm interested in Farsi as well. You have my vote and, if it ever gets into the incubator, count me in as an alpha tester =]

    April 5, 2017
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