Persian is an Indo-European language. Therefore, it is structurally related to Indo-European languages such as English, German, Latin, etc. and shares many cognate words (e.g., “پِدَر”, pedar in Persian = father in English, Vater in German, pater in Latin, πατήρ, patêr in Greek, , pitṛ in Sanskrit; or “بَرادَر” barâdar in Persian = brother in English and Bruder in German) with them.
Persian today includes Farsi, Dari and Tajiki dialects which is spoken by more than 100 million people in Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and parts of Uzbekistan.
The following list is by no means exhaustive; however, it provides a good starting point for expanding your knowledge of Iran, its language and culture.
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The levels of Persian offered at MEDLI are Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced.