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texting fArsi campaign - 10 rules


Do the inconsistencies of texted fArsi annoy you? These ten quick rules simplify Persian texting and make it accessible to a global audience.


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Semi Cursive Script


You can read Persian today.  At first it seems intimidating, but the code is easy to crack.  Read right to left; only 32 letters, and a simple semi-cursive script.  Check it out! One post explains ALL!


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Persian-English Word Magnets


Persian-English Magnetic Word Play kits will help you bond with the Persian (a.k.a. Farsi) language. The kits are fun and educational and spark creativity! They are great for any level of language ability. Each kit has different words chosen around a theme.



Chain of foods

Oct 12, 2014

There’s this guy I know who says, “it’s all good.”

Is it?


Life is not empty

Oct 06, 2014

Zendegi - A poem by sohrAb sepehri. Sung by shahrAm nAzeri.


Cruising with Magnets

May 12, 2014

So, apparently you can take magnets on the road and high seas.


Bad Words and Cussing Contests

Dec 01, 2013

Vsauce asks “Why are Bad Words Bad?” And John Astin wins a cussing contest.


From Lingua Franca to Heritage Language to Expanding Memeplex!

Nov 30, 2013

Persian was once the Lingua Franca of the civilized world.  Today, its variants are spoken in few countries, and as native speakers migrate from those countries, their children and grandchildren are losing the language. Is there a way to reverse this trend?  YES!  It requires conscious effort, strategy, some apps, and FUN!


The Dragon Quadrilogy

Nov 26, 2013

It started out as a trilogy.  “What’s a trilogy?”  Setareh said.  “A story with three parts,”  I said.  “What?!  That’s nothing.  Let’s do four parts.  What’s the word for four parts?”  she asked.


George Clooney Beshkans and Promotes Conversation

Nov 14, 2013

Ladies man, man’s man, Beshkan.  Magnet man?


fArsi Cheerleader Metaphor

Oct 29, 2013

In which we look at the letters of the Persian alphabet as cheerleaders who come together to form a word/pyramid.  This post inspired by my niece, Best Cheerleader Ever!


Babak v. bAbak

Oct 25, 2013

My pet peeve: the way people mispronounce “Babak”.  Here’s a quick fix, and it leads straight to the fabulous #textingfArsi protocol.


Woo Women (and Men)

Oct 25, 2013

“Language was invented for one reason.  To woo.  And in that endeavor - laziness will not do.”


Aunt Beetle - xAle suskeh - خاله سوسکه

Oct 24, 2013

A beetle dresses up and goes on the road in search of a husband who won’t beat her.


Paradoxical Commandments in Persian - فرمان های متناقض

Oct 24, 2013

At last! A translation of Kent Keith’s “Paradoxical Commandments” in Persian! Translated with the collaboration of Dr. Razani and Ms. Javadpour.


Say qurbAqe - بگو قورباغه

Oct 22, 2013

My mission in life:  To get everyone I meet to say “frog” in Persian.


Persian-English Word Magnet REBOOT

Oct 22, 2013

UPDATE:  Thank you to everyone for participating in the Indiegogo Campaign last December.  We got up to $3,005!!!  Alas, not enough to green light the reboot.  Sign up on the form in the sidebar to get on the list for the next campaign.  This time we’ll do it right!  When we get 300 people signed up who we know want the fabulous magnets - we’ll re-launch.  Spread the word!  More info on the campaign below.  Your feedback welcome!


Magnetic Dry Erase Boards and Wall Panels

Oct 17, 2013

Take your magnets on the road!

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