Persian (Farsi) alphabet and pronunciation - point of reference for Old Persian of Esther's day (5th century BC).

The Persian language, also known as Farsi, belongs to the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian languages. It gets its name from Persia, the former name of Iran.

Language: In this image you can see all of the Farsi letters and all 4 of their forms.There are 32 letters in the Farsi alphabet, but unlike our alphabet each letter is written differently depending on where it is in a sentence.This means if you were to learn to write in Farsi, you would have to memorize 32 letters x 4 forms to know how to write Farsi and that would equal 128 different characters to memorize!

Language: In this image you can see all of the Farsi letters and all 4 of their…

~Families of Writing Systems~ Another way to classify writing systems is by "family". This classification can get a bit fuzzy. "Family" can denote a group of writing systems that either have evolved from a common ancestor or have similar "style" or appearance. An example of this latter definition would be Old Persian, which looks like cuneiform but isn't directly descended from Summerian or Akkadian.

Ealiest symble was in china and it traveled to with pottery to west. Banpo(chinese)/Phoenician/old hebrew/linear A etc. Phoenician Many Phoenician many Old Hungarian Ancient Gr…

This is a handy diagram showing all the meanings of the symbols you see in Persian rugs.

Symbol Ideas (Waldorf ~ grade ~ Ancient Persia ~ Symbols and Motifs in Persian Rugs)

Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language, the national language of Pakistan and is closely related to and mutually intelligible with Hindi, though a lot of Urdu vocabulary comes from Persian and Arabic, while Hindi contains more vocabulary from Sanskrit. Urdu has been written with a version of the Perso-Arabic script since the 12th century and is normally written in Nastaliq style. The word Urdu is Turkish for 'foreign' or 'horde'.

Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language, the national language of Pakistan and Northern Indian States, and though a lot of Urdu vocabulary comes historically from Persian and Arabic.

My purpose is to simplify the learning experience and get acquainted with Urdu language as quickly as possible. First lesson I am going to teach is Urdu Alphabets, the “abjad“. Urdu alphabets are adopted from Persian alphabets which were in turn adopted from “abjad” script of Arabic. “abjad” script is said to have evolved from… Continue reading →

It is often said that the best way to learn a second language is to spend as much time as possible in the country where the language is spoken or at the very


Strange that the Persian alphabet, which is the oldest one, is not included !

An inspiration for my tattoos. In Arabic meaning 'beauty'.

An inspiration for my tattoos. In Arabic meaning 'beauty'.

Pashto was made the national language of Afghanistan by royal decree in 1936. Today both Dari and Pashto are official languages. There are two standard written forms: one based on the dialect of Kandahar, the other on the dialect of Peshawar. The name Pashto is thought to derive from the reconstructed proto-Iranian form, parsawā 'Persian language. In northen Afghanistan speakers of Pashto are called Pakhtūn; in sourthen Afghanistan they are known as Pashtūn, and as Pathān or Afghan in…

Pashto is a member of the southeastern Iranian branch of…

Shirin Neshat research/examples of work for school project. - Jess, Ryan, Jake, Sean

Life behind the veil: Stunning photographs seek to challenge Western misconceptions of what life is like for Middle Eastern women

Roja Shirin Neshat, Roja, Photograph, gelatin silver print with India ink. Charles Bain Hoyt Fund and Francis Welch Fund. In the exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World