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18 Words to Make You Fall in Love With the Persian Language

Picture of Pontia Fallahi
Updated: 11 June 2017
With poets like Sa’adi, Hafez, and Khayyam, it’s hardly surprising that Persian is considered to be a poetic language. Iranians commonly refer to it as “the sweet language,” claiming that everything sounds better in Persian. Here are just some of the most beautiful words that will have you falling in love with this language.

Ârezu

Pronounce it like this: â-re-zoo

Write it like this: آرزو

Arezu-Wish
Arezu-Wish | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Zibâ

Pronounce it like this: zee-bâ

Write it like this: زیبا

Ziba-Beautiful
Ziba-Beautiful | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Mahtâb

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: مهتاب

Mahtab-Moonlight
Mahtab-Moonlight | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Sokut

Pronounce it like this: so-koot

Write it like this: سکوت

Sokut-Silence
Sokut-Silence | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Ârmân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: آرمان

Arman-Aim-Goal
Arman-Aim-Goal | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Penhân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: پنهان

Penhan-Hidden
Penhan-Hidden | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Delsuzi

Pronounce it like this: del-soo-zee

Write it like this: دلسوزی

Delsuzi-Compassion
Delsuzi-Compassion | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Nasim

Pronounce it like this: na-seem

Write it like this: نسیم

Nasim-Breeze
Nasim-Breeze | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Jân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Use it like this: Iranians tack on jân after a person’s name as a term of endearment or sign of respect. It can be pronounced jân or joon. Another use is if you ask someone a question, and they didn’t hear you, they say Jân?, instead of ‘What?’ as it just sounds nicer.

Write it like this: جان

Jan-Life-Soul
Jan-Life-Soul | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Royâ

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: رویا

Roya-Dream
Roya-Dream | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Nik

Pronounce it like this: neek

Use it like this: Nik is more than just good as there is a sense of purity in it as well. The three pillars of Zoroastrianism- good thoughts, good deeds, good words- all use nik.

Write it like this: نیک

Nik-Good
Nik-Good | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Ashk

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: اشک

Ashk-Tear
Ashk-Tear | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Bârân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: باران

Baran-Rain
Baran-Rain | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Ârâm

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: آرام

Aram-Calm
Aram-Calm | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Sepehr

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: سپهر

Sepehr-Sky
Sepehr-Sky | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Denj

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: دنج

Denj-Cozy
Denj-Cozy | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Omid

Pronounce it like this: o-meed

Write it like this: امید

Omid-Hope
Omid-Hope | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi

Qorbunet beram

Pronounce it like this: qor-boo-net be-ram

Use it like this: Contrary to what you might think, this phrase is not reserved for special occasions, but is used in everyday conversation. Literally ‘I’ll sacrifice myself for you’, it can be used with your loved ones or, in some contexts, as a substitute for ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you’.

Write it like this: قربونت برم

Ghorbunet beram-I would die for you
Ghorbunet beram-I would die for you | © Culture Trip/Pontia Fallahi