Persian: what aspects of other languages can be understood?


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Greek - Athens
Hi all. This is not a specific question for Persian, but it is more general. Apologies in advance if it does not follow the strict rules.

I have learned Russian (at a respectful level) and I can understand whether a hearing language is Slavic or not in the first 2-3 seconds.

Having decided to learn Persian, I wonder whether I will be able to do something similar.

So this is my question: Let's suppose we have a person who only speaks Farsi. He will be hearing many languages and every time he should choose one of these choices:

1) It is an Iranian language (Kurdish, Pashto etc.)
2) It is an Indo-Aryan language (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi etc.)
3) It is a Semitic language (Arabic, Hebrew etc.)
4) None of them

What percentage of successful guess this person would have? Persian language gives you this background or it only works for Kurdish, Pashto etc.?

Thanks in advance.
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