Dari: vowels


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I have read that Dari has 8 vowels while Farsi has only 6. Are these differences represented orthographically? I believe the orthographies are the same, so will I just have to trust my ear?
Thanks in advance for any help.
  • Hi
    You read the right article. Whatever you have read is right and whatever you said about trusting your ear is right too. There is orthographical differences between them. The only difference is in the way they pronounce the words and letters of the language since Dari and Farsi are both two standard dialects of Persian and including Tajiki it will be three standard dialects.
    Each of these dialects has their own different ways of pronunciation, their own different ways of using the syntax, word choice and allophones. Each dialect has special names for some of the objects available that are not existing in the other. For example, "khosh" in tajiki; "sai eest" in Dari; "baashe" in Farsi all mean "okay".
    I hope this short information could have helped you.
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    Formal Iranian Persian has 7 vowels including a, e, o, ā, ī, ū and the often-neglected ō. The informal Persian have more including eʰ, aʰ and āʰ (the sign ʰ indicate a mute after the respective vowels). That is, if we don't consider stretching of the stressed long vowels as a separate vowel.