Word for the Travel Wise (05/24/06)

Last week during dinner, a few friends of mine decided to play a game of questions and one of them started with a question I ask myself everyday, “What three countries are the top three on your travel list?” If you’ve paid close attention to some of my darkest wishes over the last year, you’d be shouting out “Iran,” and I’m also sure there are several of you who have rolled your eyes, hoping I’d give up the dream, but my desire to go stays with me. Despite all the negative media attention Iran receives on a daily basis I always seem to get reports back from an occasional adventurous soul who dared find out for themselves. Until my day comes I’ll stick to practicing the language.

Today’s word is a Farsi (Persian) word used in Iran:

tazeh – new

Excellent sites for learning Persian online include a personal favorite called Easy Persian and Farhangsara. Both sites have an excellent beginner’s guide into the language and use images, sound and music to assist you in the process. Check out Lonely Planet’s Farsi (Persian) Phrasebook for a shorthand guide at the ancient lingo.

Past Farsi words: be salamati, toot farangee, kheyli golabi