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Language: Persian

  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 02:30 PM

ICHR to launch project to teach fading classical languages
The Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) is launching an ambitious project to teach the fading classical languages to senior teachers for the benefit of the next generation, according to ICHR member secretary Dr Ishrat Alam. "Two languages, including Persian and Pragritham have been chosen for being taught to scholars.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 02:52 PM

New Languages Democratising Social Media in the Middle East

Journal of Turkish Weekly
Digital communication, as a way to share information and debate ideas, is now central to many parts of life. One prominent example is the focus on online activity in contentious political activities. Twitter and similar networks have been hailed as important tools of communication and organisation for opposition movements to authoritarian regimes.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 10:57 AM

Now playing: Bard in 37 languages

Sarju Kaul / The Asian Age
For the first time, it is hosting 37 international companies, including two from India, to present all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages. Theatre companies from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas will present plays in 37 different languages during the six-week drama festival, Globe to Globe, which is part of the World Shakespeare Festival due to run till November.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 07:59 PM

National Anthem Strikes A Chord In Iraq

Radio Free Europe
Iraqi lawmakers are expected to vote soon on a controversial proposal for a new national anthem that would alter the Arabic-language anthem to make room for verses in the minority Kurdish and Turkoman languages.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 03:23 PM

Algerian graduates of Persian language receive certificates

Islamic Republic News Agency
Algiers, March 15, IRNA – Algerian graduates of Persian language who have managed to pass the beginners level of Persian language courses of IRI Cultural Attaché received their certificates from that attaché Wednesday.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 05:45 PM

Translating Twitter into languages read right to left isn't easy

Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times
Twitter now comes in 28 languages. The newest ones -- Hebrew, Farsi, Arabic and Urdu -- were added just this week. Those four languages posed a particular problem to Twitter's team of translation volunteers because they are read from right to left, rather than left to right. Therefore the translation required not just word challenges, but technical and design challenges too.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 12:51 AM

Twitter Moves Right-To-Left, Adds Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and Urdu

Josh Wolford / WebProNews
In January, Twitter added four new right-to-left languages to their Translation Center, the crowdsourcing project that allows users from multiple different languages to help translate Twitter (the service, not the actual tweets). Now, they’ve announced that the work is complete and you can now interact with Twitter in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu.
  • Mar 01, 2012
  • 01:10 PM

Knowledge of Persian language to boost Pak-Iran ties: envoy

Pakistan Observer
Islamabad—The trend of learning Persian language in Pakistan is increasing as the ability to speak the language will boost the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran, said Iranian Ambassador-designate Ali Raza Haqiqian.
  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 09:45 PM

New restrictions on Christian worship in the Persian language: the faithful under pressure

Christian worship in the Persian language, which is the national language in Iran - is not welcomed by the authorities: the last two Christian churches offering rituals and celebrations in Persian in Tehran were ordered to immediately cease this activity.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 10:29 AM

With the verve of words: Learning foreign languages in Iran

Maryam Ala Amjadi / Tehran Times
Iran was invaded in different periods by various ethnicities speaking different languages like Arabic and Turkish. But the Persian language was never conquered by these languages. I think it is remarkable that despite their desire to learn languages, Iranians still want to preserve their mother tongue.
  • Dec 11, 2011
  • 11:11 PM

Syria plans Persian language and literature Olympiad

Iran Radio Culture
According to the IRNA, the objective of this scientific Olympiad is identifying the talents and potentials of the non-Persian speaking scholars of the Persian language and literature, as well as comprehensive deepening, strengthening, and expansion of the Persian language and literature’s status abroad.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 11:23 PM

Language Problem

Kaustuv Basu / Inside Higher Ed
In the weeks and months after 9/11, the talk in the United States was about the need to be better prepared to understand the culture and languages of the Middle East. There was a surge of college students enrolling in Arabic and Persian. More than a decade later, that initial surge is showing signs of slowing down even while the world focuses on the Arab world again as homegrown pro-democracy movements shake up governments in the region.
  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 11:56 AM

Rekindling Persian Past

Majid Maqbool / Kashmir Life
Once the official language of Kashmir, Persian is witnessing a resurgence of sorts in Kashmir as more youth show interest in Persian studies, opting to study the language at college and university levels. This is an attempt to reconnect with Kashmir’s rich but largely ignored literary and cultural history in Persian language.
  • Oct 31, 2011
  • 07:08 AM

Translating a lucrative and sometimes scary proposition

Robert Jordan / San Jose Mercury News
Jen Shelby uprooted from Texas last year to move to the Bay Area, committed to learning Pashto. It is a language spoken by few Americans, and Shelby hopes it will reunite her with her husband, who works in Afghanistan. Shelby, 28, is taking free, full-time training with Mission Essential Personnel in Pleasanton, the military's largest supplier of translators in Afghanistan, to become a Pashto interpreter.
  • Oct 18, 2011
  • 05:56 AM

If Ferdowsi Lived Today

Ghahremani / Iranian
There are too many books out there with a desperate attempt at giving the dying Persian language a useless CPR. So far all I’ve learned is that regardless of what I do, my beautiful mother tongue will continue to erode with time and soon it may not be the poetic heritage that I have known and loved.
  • Jul 13, 2011
  • 04:05 PM

What of Persian and the Lingua Franca of the New Century?

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh / Huffington Post
Could the tongue of Mowlana (Rumi), Omar Khayyam, Rudaki, Ferdowsi, Sa'adi, Hafez, Jabir ibn Haiyan (Geber), Ibrahim Fazari, Al-Ghazali (Algazel), Kamal al-Din Farsi, Musa Khwarizmi, Razi, Biruni, Farabi (Alpharabius), Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ibn Haytham (Alhazen), Tusi and, among many others, Abu Nasr Mansur once again rise to prominence on the world stage?
  • Jun 25, 2011
  • 10:12 PM

Iranology center, Persian language laboratory established at Pakistan university

Tehran Times
The center has the capability to improve teaching of the Persian language as well as holding iranology courses and provide resources for scholars, Aqa-Nuri mentioned at the event.
  • Jun 14, 2011
  • 04:03 PM

Samareh translating Comrie's textbook for doctorate students

Iran Book News Agency
Yadollah Samareh, linguist and main member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature, is translating a book by Bernard Comrie titled "Language Universals and Linguistic Typology: Syntax and Morphology" into Persian.
  • May 16, 2011
  • 08:49 PM

Importance of translating from Persian to Arabic reviewed

Iran Book News Agency
Bidaj expressed sorrow about the weak status of translating in comparison to writing. And when asked “what is the importance of translating from Persian to Arabic and from Arabic to Farsi?” he said:” the first factor is geographic and border unity of Iran with Arab world. The second factor is 1400-year written history between Iranians and Arabs...
  • Apr 24, 2011
  • 10:51 PM

Radio Discourses analyzed

Iran Book News Agency
...In these articles the author has attempted to record radio discourses and then provide a pathological analysis of different radio programmes of various channels like Radio Iran, Radio Maaref, Radio Quran, Radio Javan, Radio Rejarat, Radio Salamat, Radio Payam, etc. from a linguistic point of view.
  • Apr 20, 2011
  • 11:07 PM

Psst, Military: There’s Already a Universal Translator in the App Store

Spencer Ackerman / Wired
On one side of the scale: an app developer that wants to translate Pashto and Dari on your iPhone. On the other: around $50 million in federal money, this year alone, for research into a Cadillac version of the same translation tools. Which sounds like the better deal?