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Persian and Turkish

Persian, also known as Farsi, is characterized as one of the most beautiful languages because of its poetic, soft and song-like pronunciation. It belongs to the Indo-Iranian languages in the Indo-European family. Persian is spoken mainly in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Dari is the Afghan dialect of Persian spoken in Afghanistan and mutually intelligible with Persian of Iran.

Turkish is one of the Turkic languages of the Altaic language family. It is the official language in Turkey and also spoken in Cyprus, Europe and the Middle East. The origin of Turkish can be traced back to Ottoman Turkish, which was written in Arabic script and contained many Arabic and Persian loanwords. After reformation, Modern Turkish is now using Latin alphabet and has replaced the loanwords with Turkish equivalents.

Interested users could go to the Language Learning Centre of the Hong Kong Central Library to find out more about Persian and Turkish.


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