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Part II: Why there is less tendency for learning Persian (Farsi) on italki? What is main reason?

Hi every body....

One of the my main reason on itaki is helping people to learn Persian(Farsi) language by correcting their essays and responding to their questions...I don't seek language partner and i prefer learn them by my self...

Every time i open italki site, at first i check is there essay or question in Persian or not...but there is few of them from all over the world nowadays...rather than other languages like Italy, France, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, German, Arabic, etc.

There is this question in my mind...why? Iran have very old and long history... I am Iranian Engineer, Poet and Athlete... I didn't study history in university, It isn't  my major but i studied about history of Iran and i love it...The Achaemenid Empire also called the (First) Persian Empire, was an empire based in Western Asia, founded by Cyrus the Great. it was one of the largest empires in history, spanning 5.5 million square kilometers, and was larger than any previous empire in history.  including 43 percent of people in all over the world that time...so, many of people that time followed this language...many excellent poet in Persian...many good books...

Farsi is very soft and sweet...but there is this question in our mind... Why there is less tendency for learning Persian (Farsi) on italki? What is main reason? is it because of veil, religion, traveling, accent and any thing you think? share it with me to find main reason...


Thanks all...

Apr 26, 2017 2:28 PM
Comments · 52

Thank you for that information. As you can see, it is not common here. I have not yet met anyone that I am aware that speaks Farsi. So, here in America, there is no use for it unless one is seeking to work with that concentrated demographic. I looked up if they are clustered anywhere and this map indicates there are no clusters of Iranians anywhere near me. 

http://www.city-data.com/top2/h83.html ;

Perhaps a good explanation of what use it would be for the average (who is not around Iranians) person to learn Farsi is in order. ☺ I do love hearing about other cultures. 

Also, according to this website, "The Iranian American community, like the population of Iran, is ethnically diverse and includes Persians, Azaris, Kurds, Lors, Gilakis, Arabs, Balochs, Armenians, Assyrians, and Turkmens."

http://paaia.org/iranian-americans/demographics-statistics

Do all of these groups speak Farsi?

April 26, 2017

From a midwestern American:

Though there are probably Farsi speakers in America, there is not a use for it here. People are unlikely to travel to Iran to use it. It seems as attractive as people find indigenous American languages from pre-European colonilization, which also have a rich history. In the U.S. I see interest in languages from free and open countries that one can travel to easily and that visit or come to live in the U.S. Is Farsi spoken in any other country other than Iran?

April 26, 2017
Perhaps something is lost in translation from my posts? I don't think Farsi is useless. I am answering the question of why more people aren't interested in learning it, from where I am from. I cannot answer for other regions/countries, only from here. It is not an insult that there are not many Farsi speakers in my region, it is not an insult that it is not a common language. My Congolese friends who are now in the U.S. did not learn English where they are from because it wasn't relevant for them, until they came here. I don't find it negative that they didn't learn English because it wasn't common to them back home. The U.S. is only one country, I do not expect that everyone should care about my language. There may be far more pertinent languages near them that they should learn!
April 26, 2017
From what I see here:

being a woman raises your chances to be upvoted.
being an ENglish speaker raises you chnces to be downvoted.

Saying that Persian is useless raises your chances to be upvoted.

Saying that Iran is not popular
or, worse, is not free and open raises your chances to be downvoted.

April 26, 2017

I don't doubt that Persian has a rich history and plenty of nuances to appreciate. Most people who learn languages online seem to fall into three groups:

1 Learning English to further one's career.

2 Learning a language for travel, friendships, or relationships in a relatively popular area of the world (France,  Brazil, Spain, Italy, South-East Asia).

3 People who want language exchange more for conversation and company than a real interest in or need for the language.

I think people drawn to Persian are likely to be more intellectual, scholarly, and may prefer a formal course of study than a language partner. They are likely to be drawn to the language itself and be less interested in the social aspect of learning. 

April 26, 2017
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