1. S

    Urdu, Hindi, Persian: People of colour and brown people

    Dear Foreros, I find this to be fairly odd in that whilst there are vogue terms in place for members of the White and black community in gora/gorii and kaalaa/kaalii no such term appears to be prominent for non-whites I.e. people of colour or brown people who are the most numerous in the...
  2. Godot.

    Persian: The emotions that we do

    They put forth a theory on why we feel the emotions *that we do*? That does the highlighted one mean? Thanks
  3. S

    Urdu, Persian: Firing Line, in the line of fire, cross-fire

    Dear Foreros, As you may well know the aforementioned term/phrase has very little to do with actual fire but relates to being in the middle of the spray of bullets or cross-fire I.e. the use of artillery or guns towards a certain target. I have enquired in the past about terminology concerning...
  4. taraa

    Persian: self-destructive

    How'd you translate 'self-destructive'? 'He's self-destructive'
  5. taraa

    Persian: our current crusade

    Would you translate 'crusade' as 'نهضت'? Or 'جهاد'? Or 'پيكار، مبارزه'? (Dracula is talking about Hector and Isaac (both of him forgemaster)) Dracula: I find myself wishing you two were better friends. Isaac: As I say to him, making human friends seems a little pointless given our current...
  6. taraa

    Persian: for potions

    Is 'potion' mean 'معجون'? Dracula a vampire saved Isaac that is human. Now he is talking about their first meeting that Dracula saved him Isaac: I was being hunted by brigand magicians who wanted to kill me, cut me up and sell my parts to other magicians. Someone like me is, in parts of the...
  7. C

    Persian: به همراه داشتن کارت ملی جهت احراز هویت الزامی است.

    Hi, How should I translate this sentence to English? به همراه داشتن کارت ملی جهت احراز هویت الزامی است. Thank you!
  8. taraa

    Persian: God forbid

    Is 'God forbid' like 'خدا نكنه'? "if, God forbid, a close family member of yours were killed"
  9. taraa

    Persian: strayed off course to Coddington

    Can you please explain the bold in Persian? Woman:Did you know that Trumpet Tooter's ship was once spotted in Coddington Bay? Man: You mean Tumpet Tooter is real? Woman: He is! And so is his ship. The Shiny Cutlass! Legend has it that Pirates stole the Shiny Cutlass and then strayed off course...
  10. Sarmed Ahmed Usmani

    Persian: using a noun without reference to its number

    Hi If a father wanted to encourage his daughter to watch less TV and read books instead (without referring to any specific books) would he say كتاب خوان or كتاب را خوان or كتابها خوان or كتابهارا خوان? Thank you
  11. taraa

    Persian: These are my souvenirs

    Is 'souvenirs' like 'سوغاتي' or 'يادگاري'? These are my souvenirs from when Iwent to Coddington as a kid.
  12. H

    Persian: تا تنور داغ است، نان را بچسبان

    I understand that the meaning of the verb چسباندن is "to stick, glue", but it doesn't make sense to me in this context. What am I misunderstanding? Is it referring to how in a traditional oven the baker sticks the dough on the inner wall of the oven?
  13. taraa

    Persian: has come to her senses

    Is 'has come to her senses' like 'سر عقل امدن'? Watch Fetcher. Let's see if old Attila the Hen has come to her senses
  14. taraa

    Persian: desperate

    How'd you translate 'desperate'? Like 'وخيم، حاد، مبرم، بسيار بد'? Ginger: Mr. Rhodes, is this you? (Its photo on a poster) Rhodes: Ah, who wants to know? Ginger: A group of desperate chickens. You see, if it is you. You may be the answer to our prayers. Rhodes: The, call me a miracle, Doll...
  15. 9

    Persian: Etymology of yargamal

    Hello all, I recently heard this word on an Urdu news channel: یر غمال meaning hostage. Platts' dictionary says that it is a Persian word, but I can't seem to find it on my Persian dictionary or on Google. Does anyone know the etymology of the word? Thank you
  16. taraa

    Persian: How dare you

    Is 'dare' like 'brave'/'not being afraid of'? Does it mean 'چطور جرات ميكني ...' How dare you talk back to a senior ranking officer!
  17. zj73

    Persian: vocative ending ا

    Hi Was the vocative ending ا originally يا, as in Arabic? Like كريما which occurs in a famous poem by Saadi.
  18. taraa

    Persian: Spot

    How'd you translate 'site' and 'spot'? Spot A spot is a place where something happens The kitchen is a good spot to eat meals Site A site is a place We found the perfect site for our picnic. (4000 Essential English Words)
  19. taraa

    Persian: I try to be responsible and save money

    Is 'responsible' like 'وظيفه شناس'? Responsible If a person is responsible, they do the right things. I try to be responsible and save money.
  20. Anglia767

    Persian: Use of an indefinite marker in a sentence with a determiner

    I saw this sentence on page 41 of 'Persian: A Comprehensive Grammar' by Saeed Yousef: ان دختر جوانی را که با مینا حرف می زند نمی شناسم The translation is 'I do not know that young girl who is talking to Mina'. Notice the use of دختر جوانی. My understanding is that جوان is an adjective meaning...
  21. H

    Persian: علف خرس

    What does this expression mean exactly? Is it a type of plant? And how should it be pronounced? I found it in the phrase مگه پول علف خرسه
  22. I

    Sanskrit, Persian: changing dh to d_h

    Hi! I found a thread on this forum where a couple of users mention how 'dh' in Sanskrit/Prakrit was often changed to 'd_h' in Persian, with the blank being a vowel. What other examples of this are there (apart from dhilli --> dehli)? And why was 'dh' changed to 'd_h' instead of 'z' like the...
  23. taraa

    Persian: A charge punishable

    ِDoes 'charge' here mean 'اتهام' ? You have violated intergalactic law 90210! A charge punishable by immediate particle disintegration! Oh, snap.
  24. taraa

    Persian: Reports of panic and mayhem

    Chicken Little sees that a piece of the sky falls on his head and warns everyone that the sky is falling. That cause a lot of chaos in tow. Now for the second time it's happening. This is what that is reporting in TV: Reports of panic and mayhem are pouring in after yet another Chicken Little...
  25. A

    Persian, Urdu: -shaming, -shamed

    Background: relevant dictionary entries: Outline of potential translations/words/compounds: shame - خجلت/خجَل، عار، شرم، شرمندگی، شرم ساری، وغیرہ ashamed - مخجَّل شرمندہ/شرم سار (کردہ/کیا ہوا)...؟ shamer - مخجِّل شرمندہ کنندہ یا شرمندہ کار...؟ shaming - تخجیل (یا تعییر) شرمندہ کاری...؟...
  26. taraa

    Persian: sugarcoat it

    there are almost no players available to enter the game as replacements. They have to use Chicken Little, who hasn't been up to bat once since joining the team. Uh... Strike one! I'm not going to sugarcoat it. I've seen roadkill with faster reflexes. The catcher lays down the signals. Here's...
  27. T

    هر کی تک بیاره اون ..... میشه

    Hi all, In Persian there is a phrase which is used (mostly among children) to pick/elect someone at random. (هر کی تک بیاره اون ..... میشه) Children bring their hands in front of them form the back of their heads with the palm of their hands either facing upwards or downwards. Then the one with...
  28. taraa

    Persian: ego get bruised

    What is the Persian equivalent for 'ego'? Is this like 'self-esteem/respect'? Oh… poor thing. Did your ego get bruised?
  29. taraa

    Persian: It's about gloating and rubbing their noses in it

    Two baseball teams have a match. The reporter is saying: This excitement isn't about the fun of baseball, it's not about the prize. It's about gloating and rubbing their noses in it Chicken Little, animation What is the Persian equivalent for the part in bold?
  30. taraa

    Persian: gibberish

    Little Chicken was hit by an acorn and he thinks the sky is falling. He announce to all others run for their lives and take a cover. After they found that he is mistaken: The interviewers: Chicken Little! What were you thinkin'? Why put your town's safety in jeopardy? How could you mistake a...
  31. Anglia767


    I saw this sentence in the title of a video online: چرا ما در محل هایی پراکنده دارای مو هستیم؟ The use of دارای combined with the verb 'to be' is new to me. How common is this construction? I would expect the sentence to be: چرا ما در محل هایی پراکنده مو داریم؟ Any help is appreciated.
  32. taraa

    Persian: to take it

    What is the Persian equivalent for 'take it'? To accept something that is offered is to take it.
  33. Y

    Nasmiya and Amniya police

    How to write "Nasmiya" and "Amniya" in Persian/Arabic letters? Text: "There are two kinds of police: the Nasmiya, which controls the towns; and the Amniya, which controls the roads and such of the hinterland as admits the law." Note: They are in Persia. Source: The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  34. Y


    How to write the name of this kind of tree in Persian/Arabic letters? Text: "The inner court is planted with the same trees; horhju they are called." Source: The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  35. taraa

    Persian: ازمون را به تعويق بندازيد

    What is the Persian equivalent for this? لطفا ازمون را به تعويق بندازيد و در زمان مناسب و بدون استرس برگزار كنيد
  36. Y

    Sarakh bisyar harab!

    This is a sentence by an Afridi man in English letters, how can I write it in Arabic\Persian\Pashto letters? and what does it mean? Text: "Sarakh bisyar harab! What an absolutely rotten road!' he shouted, grinning at its shiny complexion." Source: The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  37. Y

    the village of Rozah

    Is "Rozah" here written روضه in Persian? Text: "The famous 'Towers of Victory' stand 700 yards apart on the way to the village of Rozah: a pair of octagonal star-shaped stumps, each seventy feet high and now roofed with a tin hat to prevent further decay." Source: The Road to Oxiana by Robert...
  38. Y

    the Desert of Top

    Is there a desert in Afghanistan called "the Desert of Top"? Text: "The journey here occupied 4½ hours, along a good hard road through the Desert of Top, which was carpeted with irises." Source: The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  39. Y

    Pata Kissar

    What is Pata Kissar and how to write it in Persian/Arabic letters? Text: "We had hoped originally to make a journey by horse along the River from Pata Kissar to Hazrat Imam." Source: The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  40. Y

    Persian: Khoja Duka

    How to write Khoja Duka in Persian/Arabic letters? Text: "A green patch of pasture at Khoja Duka tempted us to stop again, to watch a drove of brood mares and their foals, among which cavorted a raw-boned old stallion of sixteen hands, which is big for these parts." Source: The Road to Oxiana...
  41. Y

    Persian: the Jihun

    What is "the Jihun"? Text: "'Yes,' he said, 'the ground is all cooked between here and Mazar, but it is green again near the Jihun,' employing this word for the Oxus, and not understanding our reference to it as the Amu Darya." Source: The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  42. S

    Classical & Iranian Persian: قر vs غر (seductive hip/movements)

    Dear Persophones, Young and old, this has been a subject which has been on my mind for a while and it pertains to the magically metaphorical and poetic nature of the language. Gher or Ger, whichever way you want to transliterate it (to avoid confusing the term with گھیر which is how some 2nd...
  43. Y


    How can I write "Robat" in Persian, Pashto or Arabic letters? "Robat is the Afghan term for caravanserai, and is also used as a measure of distance, since the main highways have these establishments every four farsakhs or sixteen miles." Source: The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  44. S

    Middle Persian spelling of برزافره

    I was wondering if anyone knows the Middle Persian spelling of Middle Persian spelling of برزافره (Barzapharnes)? And is there an Old Persian attestation of the name as well?
  45. S

    Urdu, Persian: Female Journalist

    Dear Foreros, I have a feeling that whilst in Dari they might use SaHaafii as well as they do in Arabic and Urdu, the term for a male journalist varies in Iranian Persian. That being said what is the accepted or acceptable term for a female journalist in the two languages above? Technically...
  46. S

    Urdu, Hindi, Persian: Differentiating between a beehive and a honeycomb.

    Dear Foreros, I was wondering whether there was a way to differentiate between a beehive I.e. an enclosed structure where bees reside out of sight with a honeycomb، the hexagonal wax structure where honey is stored? I am sure plenty of you already know this but you can buy boxes or bottles of...
  47. taraa

    Persian: interleaving frames

    How would you translate 'interleaving frames' into Persian? One problem that may occur is that a single packet contains multiple audio and video frames. As a consequence, when a packet is lost, the receiver may actually perceive a large gap when playing out frames. This effect can be somewhat...
  48. S

    Urdu, Hindi, Persian: Single, Double, Triple and Unvaccinated

    Dear Foreros, We've all been living through a global pandemic and the hysteria and consternation concerning everyone and sundry's medical records is something that has in some shape or form become a matter of public interest. The pandemic has given birth to novel nomenclature. You have levels...
  49. Ali Smith

    Persian: how to ask someone about his educational background

    السلام عليكم What is the most idiomatic way of inquiring about someone's level of education? I am not looking for a literal translation, but here's my guess: سطحِ تحصيلاتِ تان چندست? متشكرم
  50. Y


    Is "Trump-of-Raphael" here a translation of a Persian name, and if so what is it in Persian letters? Can his name be صور اسرافیل ? Text: "The name of the Governor of Isfahan is Mr Trump-of-Raphael. Before calling on him, I asked one of Wishaw's clerks to translate my letter of...