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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.



Kidney App:  قربونت

Oct 15, 2013

Iranians say “Qorbun-e jigaret” a lot, which means “I’m the sacrifice for your liver.” Is this just t’Arof, or are Iranians more likely to be organ donors?


Donating Makes it Happen!

Oct 15, 2013

If you like ajaban, coolzabAn, Citizen Budget Balancing App and other things you find here, you are under no obligation to do anything beyond simply like them. However, if you want to see them continue….if you choose to go one step further and support them…here’s how to do it.


Improvisation:  Say “Yes, and…” بداهه گویی

Oct 12, 2013

What happens when you’re looking for a word, and you can’t find it?


You’ve got the Power:  extiAr dArid - اختیار دارید

Oct 11, 2013

ِYou’ve got the power!  As well as free will.  And choice.  Take your pick.


qAbel nadAre - قابل ندارد

Oct 08, 2013

Thank you so much for what you just did!
You shouldn’t have!
It’s not worthy of you.
قابل ندارد


Creativity

Oct 07, 2013

Some tips from Shakespeare to navigate the tension between “proper language use” and anarchy.  Leveraging Persian “affixal” qualities to make up new words.


Vine + Twitter + Word Magnets, Oh, My.

Oct 07, 2013

Do you want to have more fun with Persian?  By yourself? With the help of the community? You’re in luck!  We live in a world of Persian-English Word magnets PLUS social media!


Cyber Fridge

Oct 07, 2013

Subconscious Word Recognition

Oct 07, 2013

The goal of literacy is subconscious word recognition.  If, while you read, you can recognize words as a whole without having to analyze them, you’ve achieved literacy! How can we make this happen?


Assimilation Anxiety

Oct 04, 2013

This site was founded by an Iranian+American who suffers, as many Iranian+Americans do, from Assimilation Anxiety. Luckily, the cure is easy!


Two Veins

Oct 04, 2013

Some Iranian terms (a.k.a. slurs) for dual nationality.


What People Are Saying About the Magnets

Oct 04, 2013

Here are some quotes from people who bought the sets back in the day.  Please add your comments below!


Meet Ti-Chey

Oct 01, 2013

Ti-Chey, aka toxm-e cheshm, the @coolzabAn avatAr.


The Buddha on the Benz

Sep 25, 2013

Buddha, Benz and Being: Let the Buddha take you on a ride with all six Persian vowel sounds.


Vowels

Sep 25, 2013

Good news and bad news about Persian vowels.  Good news:  There are only six vowel sounds!  Bad news:  You only spell out half of them.  That’s right. Hlf f thm.  Th thr hlf dn’t shw.  You have to guess which vowel sound will be there in the word.

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