Persian/Lesson 9

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فارسی (‹fârsi›, “Persian”)
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ContentsIntroduction
Persian Alphabet lessons: 1 ( ۱ )2 ( ۲ )3 ( ۳ )4 ( ۴ )
Elementary grammar: 5 ( ۵ )6 ( ۶ )7 ( ۷ )8 ( ۸ )9 ( ۹ )
10 ( ۱۰ )11 ( ۱۱ )12 ( ۱۲ )13 ( ۱۳ )14 ( ۱۴ )15 ( ۱۵ )
Intermediate: 16 ( ۱۶ )17 ( ۱۷ )18 ( ۱۸ )19 ( ۱۹ )20 ( ۲۰ )
21 ( ۲۱ )22 ( ۲۲ )23 ( ۲۳ )24 ( ۲۴ )25 ( ۲۵ )26 ( ۲۶ )
Advanced:
Appendix: AlphabetGlossaryHandwriting

Farsi

To continue, your computer must display Persian. The box below should show these Persian letters on the far right: Paa-individua.svgBaa-individua.svgAlif-individua.svg
ا ب پ ت ث ج چ ح خ د ذ ر ز ژ س ش ص ض ط ظ ع غ ف ق ک گ ل م ن و ه ی

If they are different or in the wrong order, see Persian Computing.


In this lesson, you will learn how to create and use plurals of nouns in Persian.

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Vocabulary

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امروزvandaag (today)
د يروزgisteren (yesterday)
د بستانbasisschool
بودنzijn (be)
آمدنkomen (come)
اسمnaam (name)
باريد نregenen,sneeuwen
من - ik (I)
نامnaam
نادرNader (jongensnaam) (boys name)
كتابboek (book)
امينAmin (jongensnaam) (boys name)
پس دادنteruggeven
پس دادhij geeft, zij geeft
امروز باران باريدvandaag regent het (today it rains)
من از دبستان آمدم - ik kom uit school (I come from school)
من از د بستان تند آمدمik kom snel uit school (I come fast from school)


Plural nouns[edit]

کتاب‌ها کتاب‌ ‌ها کتاب‌ها
‹ketâbhâ› ‹ketâb› ‹hâ›

The usual way to make a plural in Persian is to add the suffix ها ‹ha› to the noun. The suffix is written immediately after the noun with no intervening space, but it is not normally joined to the last letter in the noun.

Colloquially, ها is pronounced ‹â›.

Many words have an alternative plural form that may be used instead of the normal Persian form. In most cases, the alternative plural form comes from Arabic. For example, animate nouns (those that denote humans or things with human-like characteristics) and nouns that denote paired body parts (e.g. eyes, ears, and hands) have an alternative plural form made with the suffix ان ‹ân› :

  • پسر Look up پسر in Wiktionary ‹pesar› (“boy”) + ان ‹-an› (“-s”)
  • چشم Look up چشم in Wiktionary ‹cešm› (“eye”) + ان ‹-an› (“-s”)

Many Arabic words have different plural forms that may be used in Persian. Some are created by adding suffixes:

  • باغ Look up باغ in Wiktionary ‹bâq› (“garden”) + ت ‹-at› = باغت ‹bâqat› (“gardens”)
  • معلّم Look up معلّم in Wiktionary ‹mo’allem› (“teacher”) + ین ‹-in› = معلّمین ‹mo’allemin› (“teachers”)

Others are called “broken plurals”:

  • كِتاب ‹ketâb› (“book”), كُتُب ‹kotob› (“books”),کتاب
  • وِقْت ‹vaqt› (“time”), اوقات ‹owqat› (“times”)
  • طَرَف (“side, direction”), اَطْراف (“sides, directions”)
  • شَخْس (“person”), اَشْخاس (“persons”)
  • مُقَدَّمِه (“preliminary”), مُقّدَّمات (“preliminaries”)
  • علم (“science”), عُلوم (“sciences”)
  • وزير (“minister”), وُزَراء (“ministers”) (govt.)
  • لغت (“word”), لُغات (“words”)
  • شاعر (“poet”), شُعَرا (“poets”)
  • عَرَب (“Arab”), اَعْراب (“Arabs”)


  Each line below reads from right to left: the Persian expression, its components, transcription, and glosses.  “these books” 
  این کتاب‌ها  
  این کتاب ها  
 ←  ‹in› ‹ketâb› ‹-hâ›  
 ←  “this, these” “book” “-s”  

To make a noun phrase plural, only the main noun is changed. Adjectives and demonstrative adjectives are not, as shown on the right.

Numbers[edit]

  Each line below reads from right to left: the Persian expression, its components, transcription, and glosses.  “twenty-one (21)” 
  بیست و یک  
  بیست و یک  
 ←  ‹bist› ‹o› ‹yek›  
 ←  “twenty” “and” “one”  

After 20, Persian numbers use و Look up و in Wiktionary ‹o› (“and”) between digit, as shown in the example on the right.

  Each line below reads from right to left: the Persian expression, its components, transcription, and glosses.  “three thousand four hundred fifty-six (3,456)” 
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 ←  “{{{3}}}”  

Exercises[edit]

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Translate the following phrases into Persian.
the books

کتاب‌ها ‹ketâbhâ›

those girls

Using the regular Persian plural, آن دخترها ‹ân doxtarhâ› (“those girls, those daughters”)
Bonus points: The alternative plural from Arabic is آن دختران ‹ân doxtarân›

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ContentsIntroduction

Persian Alphabet lessons: 1 ( ۱ )2 ( ۲ )3 ( ۳ )4 ( ۴ )
Elementary grammar: 5 ( ۵ )6 ( ۶ )7 ( ۷ )8 ( ۸ )9 ( ۹ )
10 ( ۱۰ )11 ( ۱۱ )12 ( ۱۲ )13 ( ۱۳ )14 ( ۱۴ )15 ( ۱۵ )
Intermediate: 16 ( ۱۶ )17 ( ۱۷ )18 ( ۱۸ )19 ( ۱۹ )20 ( ۲۰ )
21 ( ۲۱ )22 ( ۲۲ )23 ( ۲۳ )24 ( ۲۴ )25 ( ۲۵ )26 ( ۲۶ )
Advanced:
Appendix: AlphabetGlossaryHandwriting


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