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Farsi and Persian
Thread poster: Matthias Quaschning-Kirsch

Matthias Quaschning-Kirsch  Identity Verified
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May 10, 2006

Just noticed that, in the list, the languages of both Farsi and Persian do exist.
In fact, I earned KudoZ in English to both of them - and now I wonder if there is anyone in the staff who could explain to me the difference between these two languages.

Matthias


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Richard Creech  Identity Verified
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No difference May 10, 2006

Both terms refer to the same language. The word "Persian" derives from the Iranian province of Pars, which was the dominant area in the Persian empire. This region was referred to as "Fars" by the Arabs, as Arabic doesn't have a "p" sound. When Persia adopted the Arabic alphabet, they invented a new letter for "p," but the Arabacized name of "Farsi" has stuck.

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Matthias Quaschning-Kirsch  Identity Verified
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That's right May 10, 2006

Yes, Richard, I know. This was only meant as a humorous invitation to the staff to delete one of the two. So sad if someone looks for a Farsi-English translator and can't find anyone because there are only Persian-English translators in the database...

Best regards
Matthias


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Could be worse May 10, 2006

Even sadder if someone is looking for a Farsi-Persian translator.

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