The name Iran in the Persian language means the Land of the Aryans and it is not a big surprise when we find common Hindi words in Farsi (or rather common Farsi words in Hindi).
There are a couple of Hindi words that we use here quite often – dosth (friend), yek (one), panj (five) and chai (tea). So whoever can speak Urdu or Hindi, can learn Farsi quite fast. We, the non-speaking Hindi / Urdu Malaysians, on the other hand, are learning Farsi on rather slower pace – probably one word one day. Words like:-
Boro boro – go go (used by cab driver when wanted the car in front to speed up before the light turns red)
Tatil – holiday (our favourite word on Wednesdays – Thursdays and Fridays are off days here in Tehran)
Chetori – how are you? (for which the answer to this would be khubam or good even though one is not feeling well)
And of the favourite of my colleague here – dus say ta ram (I love you) and he is learning new ones too – panjshambe berim cinema (on Thursday, let’s go for cinema).
Photos – Iranian currency of rial
(To be continued)