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Introduction to Tajik Persian 4 – Differences in Grammar

Posted  26 Jun 2020

The Persian language, at its core, represents a continuum of regional dialects standardised in history through convergence and literary prestige, and in modern times through nation building. Although Iranian Persian, Afghan Persian, and Tajik Persian came from one and same literary standard moulded through a long history of common usage, the three Persian-speaking nation states …

Tips for reading classical poetry 3 – the little things to watch out for

Posted  18 Jun 2020

I have named this week’s post such, for what I am going to talk about is a collection of miscellaneous differences between Classical and Modern Persian usages which are hard to categorise. The words and grammatical points addressed in this post can sometimes be confusing to learners of Persian, who do not necessarily learn them …

Iskandar Ding: Introduction to Tajik Persian 3 – Differences in Vocabulary

Posted  12 Jun 2020

Although formal Tajik and formal Iranian are largely identical in terms of vocabulary, many differences exist in everyday words. To go through every difference would be out of the scope of this blog post, so this week we will learn about some of the most basic and interesting differences which will help you communicate more …

Iskandar Ding: Tips for reading Classical Persian poetry 2 – What’s going on with rā?

Posted  02 Jun 2020

In my last blog post, I briefly mentioned that the Classical Persian را/rā is different from the Modern Persian را/rā, in that its function as a dative marker has largely disappeared in the latter except in some instances. In Modern Persian, را/rā is primarily an accusative marker, which signals the direct object when it is …