persian script

Problem people say u will have with German: Cases

Problem u actually have with German: Prefixes and compound words make words look similar and vocab hard to memorize. Also adjectives.

Problem people say u will have with Mandarin: Tones

Problem u actually have with Mandarin: LITeraCY

Problem people say u will have with Persian: Finding native speakers

Problem u actually have with Persian: ABJAD FckIGN ScRIpT DOESn’T WRiTe VowEls

Problem people say u will have with French: Pronunciation

Problem u actually have with French: Native speakers do not enunciate like at all it is a language of mumbles

Problem people say u will have with Spanish: People talk too fast!!!

Problem u actually have with Spanish: Ok so I take this ending and put that here but only if this word is over here and wait is this Argentina bc then it’s the opposite also el Athento de Ethpaña

Problem people say u will have with Swedish: They all speak English

Problem u actually have with Swedish: ^ That’s it actually 

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This is the best method I’ve found so far for learning Farsi (Persian) letters!

There are a lot of videos online that simply present a long list of letters and tell you how they sound. Some will show you their initial, middle, and final position, and even present you with a few words to practice reading, but both of these methods are really overwhelming! This guy has a simple way of teaching a few letters at a time and connecting them with others one by one, again and again, like a “memory game.” If you follow along with a pen and a notebook, you can learn to write without too much effort.

The video above is the first in a series.

Non-white passing half-Iranian

My mom is from Mazandaran (a province in northern Iran) and my dad is swiss; we are living in Switzerland.

I was born here, I grew up here, I’ve never known another home and growing up I had always thought of myself as swiss (well, that changed a bit lately, but anyway). The only difference between me and my white friends was the way I looked and my ~foreign~ name.

So naturally it bothered me that it always had to be me who was asked where I was from, or what language I spoke and where my parents were from. It confused me. Could I not be as swiss as my friends, just because I’m overall darker? I already was more of a shy kid, but always being singled out for being ~different~ made me really self conscious. When I started Elementary School, I had already stopped speaking persian and over the years I almost completely unlearned it.

Beauty Standards 

Though by now I am kinda pale-ish (but still not white passing lol), I tan quickly and as a child I spent a lot of time outside, so I had pretty dark skin. Which I didn’t like back then. My other concerns were mostly how hairy I was compared to others. Having very thick hair with a tendency to fluff out, I liked to wear it short during summer so I didn’t get to hot. But combine that with thick eyebrows and my older brother’s clothes I wore (what, they were spacey!), and I often got asked wether I was a girl or a boy, which made me even more insecure, because all my friends just naturally looked ‘girly’ with their long hair and thin eyebrows and light skin.

I still sometimes feel bad because of my ‘middle-eastern’ nose, although it’s actually kinda small? It’s just the hook that throws me off. But I’ve made my peace with it, on good days I even love this hook.

Racism/Microagressions

Being asked multiple times in stores if I work here; from age 14 onwards.

Butchered spellings/pronouncing of my name with people not even trying to get it right, like, it’s not that hard. My name already is spelled as phonetically as possible.

‘O.M.G. you don’t even have an accent!!!!1!’

‘Say smth in your language!!!’

‘Oh so you speak arabic?’ please don’t

'Doesn’t your religion say (insert idiotic thing)??’ Um, my religion? I’m (technically) christian?

Culture and Identity

Growing up in Switzerland, I am well acquainted with our customs here. But since most of my maternal relatives live in Iran and my mom and I aren’t really close, I’ve been distanced from her culture.  I’m still in the process of finding my identity but I’m pretty sure I won’t identify as swiss anymore, or at least only as half-swiss. I’m relearning persian and I’m informing myself about my mother’s culture -my culture- and I’m also hoping to go to Iran one day soon. I never really was accepted as swiss, I guess I was kind of the only one who thought of myself as swiss, because everyone else, including my own parents (my mom hoping I’d show more interest in her culture and my dad often being asked where I was from or even if I was his child) had always seen me as  a foreigner to some degree. But that doesn’t really bother me anymore. Maybe I’ve really never been swiss, but being persian is more than okay with me now.

I am however very grateful that the fact that I’m not straight (at least I don’t think I am? I’m kinda undecided) is not and will probably never be a problem, as many of my friends aren’t either and my parents are pretty accepting.

Family Issues

My mom and I not getting along all too well sometimes makes reconnecting to persian (and mazandarani) culture hard. I learned the arabic/persian script by myself and I’m doing most of my research alone too. The few times my mother’s relatives come to visit were fun, but the communication was kinda hard with my very limited persian skills. I do enjoy family get-togethers though; my relatives are mostly nice and fun, the food is amazing and i love hearing persian spoken around me; it reminds me of my early childhood, when my brother, my cousins and I used to all sleep together in my room on the floor when they visited.

But I don’t want to deny my swiss family either; which is the main reasons I’m not sure whether I still kinda want to identify as swiss or not. I spent a lot of time with my paternal grandparents, and though I think they weren’t all too happy at first when their son (my dad) married a foreigner (my mom), they do love having me and my brother around. They also helped me feel better about myself through my childhood, with my grandma always telling me how pretty my dark eyes were, and how lucky I was to have naturally curly hair and stuff. But at the same time, I can’t help but feel sad that I never really got to meet my maternal grandparents.

Food

Persian food definitively beats swiss food. I literally can’t live without rice and ghormeh sabzi. Also the sweets, oh my god. Every time my mom’s relatives come to visit I go up one clothing size and it’s so worth it.

What I’d like to see more of:

Real, diverse  and most importantly, positive representation of ME people!

ME LGBT+ people! Yes, we exist!

ME representation in children’s media!! This is so important!!!

What I’d like to never ever ever see again:

Terrorist jokes.

Fantasy-Villains that are very obviously inspired by Middle Eastern cultures, or rather, by stereotypes about those cultures.

Exotifying us.

Using ME people as barbaric idiots who all die at the hands of the ’“’”“heroic”“’”’ whites in movies.

Illegal immigrant jokes

White people making fun of the misogyny in ME countries when it’s literally just as bad in their own.

ME people being racist towards other POC. Like… why. Esp all this anti-blackness is so sad. Can’t we just collectively decide to dislike the west, instead of each other?

Read more POC Profiles here.

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From a series of 31 paintings by Ghulam Ali Khan (fl. 1817-55), consisting of views of monuments in and around Delhi.

Watercolour and gold on paper, black margin rules, three title pages, three sheets of portraits, all with identifying inscriptions in English and in Persian in nasta'liq script in black ink, the portraits with further inscriptions in nasta'liq script with the date November 1852 (Christian date written in Arabic). 

1. The Peacock Throne in the Dewan-i- Khas of the Red Fort.

2. The Chhutta within the Lahore Gate of the Palace in Delhi.

3.  Two views: The warm or inner room of the Bath; the cold or outer room of the Bath in the Red Fort.

4. The interior of the Dewan Khas - and the Tusbee Khana in the Red Fort.

5. The Zuffer Muhul in the Red Fort.

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[29 October, 2016] 009/100 Days of Productivity

At home today. It’s pretty cold and rainy here in Oregon, and since I don’t have a car it’s too much of a pain to haul ass to campus. I don’t mind though, I’m in my comfy clothes ☺️
I have things to do for ES, but my Spanish composition is worth more (points wise, long-term, etc.) I also did my Persian script work sheet. When I’m not studying today, I’m doing laundry and cleaning around the house.
It’s wild y'all

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A Coin Minted by Jahangir

India (Agra), Mughal, 1624

Gold

This coin bears a Leo symbol found on the other objects in the collection, but it was not created for talismanic purposes. This sign instead corresponds to the month in which it was minted. In his memoirs, the Mughal emperor Jahangir recorded his inspired idea for the unusual design of this and other coins depicting the signs of the zodiac.

Inscription: Inscription in Persian in nasta‘liq script on obverse:

یافت در اگره روی زر زیور از جهانگیر شاه، شاه اکبر

The face of gold was decorated in Agra by Jahangir Shah, [son of ] Shah Akbar.

Lions are particularly emblematic of the Mughal Empire, appearing in various contexts, like the flag and various paintings, so it’s no surprise that lions would appear on currency.

Here are the rest of the Zodiac coins:

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((mun is in Ecuador right now, as you’ve noticed from my absence! But here’s something mildly relevant to post here on ask-Iran! In a tiny town in Ecuador called Vilcabamba, there’s a Persian restaurant here run by a kinda hippie-ish Persian man from Tehran! (I originally thought he was from kermanshah bc of all the post cards of Sassanid relics in kermanshah all over the place haha) Iran’s diaspora spreads far!

It’s an interesting space, there’s old Persian music playing in the place and there are only Persian carpets to act as tables, where you eat the “sofreh” [spread (of food)]. There’s a faravahar painted on the wall with the Zoroastrian doctrine of “good thoughts, good words, good actions” in Persian script!

while I miss good ol’ Iranian non-vegetarian kebabs and koobideh, the saffron rice and spicy chai here are delicious! I was definitely surprised when my friend found the place.))