Population: Farsi, also called Persian, has 57 million native speakers, and 110 million total speakers. Approximately 60,000 have access to the internet.
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Language Code: fa
Geographical Location: Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
Literacy Rate: Iran 79%, Tajikistan 99%, Afghanistan 36%.
Dialects: Dari, the eastern dialect of Farsi, is one of the official languages of Afghanistan. Tajik is also an eastern dialect, but it is written using the Cyrillic alphabet.
Currency: Iranian rial (IRR), Tajikistani somoni, Afghanistani afghani (AFA).
Language Tips: Persian (Farsi) uses a modified Arabic alphabet with the addition of four letters. Text is printed right to left. Other variations of Persian use the Cyrillic alphabet and the Latin alphabet. (written left to right) Verbs are conjugated based on agreement with the subject. Nouns have no gender; neither do pronouns show gender. Normal sentence structure is subject-prepositional phrase-object-verb, or subject-object-prepositional phrase- verb. Sentence structure focuses on the object of the sentence. Pronouns are often optional in Persian when the context makes them clear. Loan words come from Arabic, English, French and Turkish. English also borrows many words from Persian such as algorithm, bazaar, bronze, caravan, chess etc… Farsi-speakers use the Arabic numbering system occasionally (mostly for numbers smaller than 10 000) For larger numbers, the Farsi number set, which resembles the Hindi number set, is used.
On a typical business card: We would recommend leaving the person’s name and company name in English and Farsi script where space allows. Where a choice must be made, foreign addresses should remain in English script, Middle Eastern addresses should be translated.
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