Persian

Persian translation services

Classification

Indo-European > Iranian

Script

Persian

Text direction

Right-to-left

Speakers

24 million

Other names

Farsi

Official language

Iran

Interesting Fact

The word "checkmate", as used in chess, comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat", meaning "the king is dead".

Profile

Persian, otherwise known as Farsi, is spoken in Iran. The variety of Persian spoken in Tajikistan is referred to as Tajik, and the variety spoken in Afghanistan is referred to as Dari. These three varieties are all mutually intelligible.

Along with other Iranian languages, Persian is member of the Indo-European language group, along with other branches such as Celtic, Germanic, Balto-Slavic and Indo-Aryan. Persian, in Iran, is written using a right-to-left Persian script that is similar to the Arabic script.

Persian loanwords to English include “assassin”, “balcony”, “bazaar”, “caviar” and “kiosk”. The word for “thank you” in Persian is borrowed from French: “merci”.

Services offered for this language

Translation / Transcreation / Subtitling / Localization / Adaptation / Copywriting / Authoring / Proofreading / Revision / Editing / Translation quality assurance / Terminology / Linguistic validation / Glossary creation / Dubbing / Voice-overs / Transcription / Typesetting / Simultaneous interpreting / Consecutive interpreting / Conference interpreting / Telephone interpreting / Public service interpreting / Interpreting equipment hire / Foreign language consulting

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