Anyone here speak a middle eastern language?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Basschair, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    I teach in an area where there are quite a few students of middle eastern origin: Afghani, Iraqi, Irani, Pakistani, and others.

    Yesterday, I asked three of my students to begin teaching me words and phrases in Farsi , which is a Persian language. So far, I only know how to say "hello" and "goodbye," but I'm working on it.
  2. I know a good deal of persians. I've been told how to say some curse words in farsi, but I can't remember any of them.
  3. i have a friend who speaks farsi.
    cool language.
  4. dhadleyray

    dhadleyray Guest

    Dec 7, 2004
    Going by what I've been seeing in Europe, I'd advise anyone to learn Turkish. I've yet to clarify it, but I've been told Mike Stern has openend a club in Istanbul.

    There are a lot a Turks infiltrating the music hierarchy in big ways, and Istanbul is starting to have major connections with America, particularly New York. There is a serious music scene there now, and it's getting better... Trust me, Turkey will explode as a force to be reckoned with if they join the E.U. :cool:
  5. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    My dad can speak Farsi. He's Persian.
  6. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    my roommate can speak farsi, he's half persian iirc. It comes in hand when watching movies like Crash or others with random middle eastern yelling. :D
  7. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    I have couple of persian friends, and they all speak farsi. I'd learned at some point how to say 'happy birthday' but I forgot. I know water and thank you.

    The cool thing about having arab and persian friends I find (other than the stuff I've learned of their different cultures) is being able to tell the difference in between the languages. You know in 'True Lies', those terrorists are Iranian? Well, at some point in the movie, they speak arabic. :D :D
    As one of my friends commented about that: It's not because they're terrorists that they're not educated!
  8. Btw, has anyone else noticed that most of them prefer to be called "Persians" instead of "Iranians"?
  9. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    Yup. I'm not sure whether or not that's because Americans usually (not always) mis-pronounce it. So many people say it as if they're describing physical exercise: "I-ran a couple of laps."
  10. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    What's the correct pronounciation then?
  11. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    EE-ran I believe.
  12. I think it's because a person of Persian descent wants to be identifed as such, and not just an Iranian, which could be a person of any one of a number of different ethnic groups now living within the physical borders of Iran. I forget what percentage of the Iranian population it is, but there are X amount of people living in Iran* that can trace their ancestry back to Genghis Khan!

    Kind of like saying you're Irish or Polish rather than just saying you're an American.


    * Also many other central Asian countries.
  13. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    Not 100% certain, but I believe it's "E-rahn" (phonetically spelled): the "ran" portion sounds like the name Ron.
  14. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    True, true. My frenchness makes me forget some of those sound particularities.

    Speaking of Genghis Khan, about 8% of asian males are directly related to him or something. Google "Genghis Khan most prolific" and you'll find tons of stuff about it. I first heard this from my half taiwanese half mongolian friend. It has lately come to my attention that, while I am white, I have very few white friends. No offense to whites, tho :D ;)
  15. Farsi looks cool, when I finish my studies, I intend to learn Farsi. I now study archaeology, and my minor is Akkadian. It's an eastern language, introduced in Mesopotamia at about 2100 BC. It's cool:)
  16. greg


    Jun 1, 2004
    I speak a little bit of Hebrew. My brother on the other hand speaks fluent Hebrew, Arabic, and is learning Persian.
  17. fatbassjazzer


    Feb 27, 2004
    I only know a few words in farci. I know a few Armenian sentences.
  18. I speak Arabic, I'm Arabic, from Bahrain... I am not a terrorist :p, dont know why many people view arabs as terrorists, trust me we're not all like that, its just those al qaeda guys, they give us a bad name.
  19. One of my professors did lots of excavations at Bahrain, looks like a great place to dig!