January 23

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DAY 23: #31DayAspiringPolyglot Challenge – Learning Persian (Fārsī)

“If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit!!!” 

Michael Jordan

Negation in Persian

Oh dear, this got ugly fast! I know that with practice it will get better. WOOSAH!

Verbs are negated with the particle «na» and in Persian (Fārsī; spoken in Iran) «ne» for the imperfect particle mi.

  • raftam → I went → naraftam → I did not go
  • miravam → I go → nemiravam → I don't go

…but wait there's more!

With the verb budan (to be), negation in the present tense is replaced with ni + astan both taken from Classic Persian and forming nistam.

Did you get all that? Well, neither did I! Time to invest in a good grammar book! I did find a Persian (Fārsī) language book in French. You can download it here.

Phrases Using Negation

  • نمی دونم 
    • nemidoonam
    • I don't know
  • نمی فهمم 
    • nemifahmam
    • I don't get it.
  • نه، ممنونم.
    • na, mamnoonam
    • No, thank you.
  • وقت ند ارم
    • vaght nadaaram
    • I don't have time.
  • .از این متنفر م
    • az in motenafferam.
    • I hate this.
  • فارسی صحبت نمی کنم
    • Farsi sohbat nemikonam
    • I do not speak Fārsī.

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