International Center for Teaching Persian Language to non-Persian Speakers
The University of Kurdistan’s International Center for Teaching Persian Language to non-Persian Speakers was officially established with the approval of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology on 26/07/2017 and soon after began accepting students from a wide range of educational backgrounds for learning Persian. This centre currently has three well-equipped language laboratories and highly qualified teaching staff to assist language learners. Not only does this centre offer students an opportunity to discover a language but also it offers an opportunity to discover the Iranian culture, history and way of life as visits to cinemas, museums and other places of interest are included in the course. So why learn Persian? Here are some good reasons and interesting facts:
The Iranian educational system is one of the most advanced in the region and has produced some of the greatest scientists and academicians in the world. Thus, Iran is a country that attracts many foreign students to continue their studies and learning the language is an essential aspect.
Persian is an important language of the Middle East and Central Asia. It is known as Farsi in Iran, Dari in Afghanistan and Tajik in Tajikistan. It has over 120 million native speakers, ranking it among the world’s 20 most widely spoken first languages. Persian is an Indo-European language, related to English, French and German and written in Arabic script.
Learning some Persian will certainly assist with Arabic, Kurdish, Urdu and Hindi. Similarities across the languages as a percentage are 90% of the facts, 40% of the words and 30% of the grammar.
Persian has not changed significantly in over a millennium, the basic grammar for the classical and modern forms of the language is virtually the same and is relatively easy to learn. Nouns have no gender and there are no articles.
One of the oldest texts, discovered in 6th century BC, is the clay Cyrus cylinder inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform script, which is the earliest known writing system in the world. Persian writing has evolved over the years and this would be classed as ‘Old Persian’. The text refers to the Great King Cyrus of Persia, his genealogy, his great conquest of Babylon in 539BC and capture of Nabodinus, the last Babylonian king. The cylinder is currently on display at the British Museum.
The first handwritten book dates back to 1055. It was a medical book by Asadi Tusi, an eminent Persian poet and linguist.
Studying Persian provides an entry into a rich and diverse culture that produced major epic and Sufi poets such as Ferdowsi, Rumi and Hafez, exquisite miniature paintings, fine carpets and world-class films.
|Don’t even think, just let yourself dream.|
Thoughts are veils that hide the moon’s bright face.
The heart’s a moon, where thinking has no place.
Toss these thoughts away into the stream.
Rumi (1207 – 1273)
Registration at Persian Language Center
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