Farsi is a very figurative language and some typically Persian expressions are perfect examples of that rich language.
Here we go for 5 of the most mind-blowing expressions:
1. “Bemiram barat“/”dardet to junam“: May I die for you / May your pain goes through my body
Yep, Persians have a very high sense of sacrifice and compassion! This expression, commonly used among Persians, could be transleted into “I am so sorry for you”. Simpler version, right ? 🙂
Example: your friend broke his leg. To show your deep empathy and concern, you could say: “Bemiram barat, what happened to you ?”
2. “Sheshmet kur, dandet narm“: May your eyes become blind and your ribs become softened
Mmmmm… isn’t that poetic ? 🙂 This sentance can be translated into “Serves you right!”.
Example: your friend missed an important exam, having partied all night long. You can lecture him by saying: “Sheshmek kur, dandet narm, you should not have partied”
3. “Ash nakhordeh dahan sukhteh“: the soup was not eaten, but yet the mouth has burned
Yep, you’re reading this right! This expression is used when you’re been accused guilty of something you have actually nothing to do with.
So it’s like you’ve had your tongue burned while you’ve not even had the hot soup. Okay, a bit far-fetched…
Example: you’ve been accused of stealing money from a friend of yours. Here’s what you could say: “I swear I had nothing to do with it! Unbelievable! Ash nakhordeh zabun sukhte!”
4. “Khak to saret“: dirt on your face!
I love this expression! It’s not a very nice one, but it sure is very figurative. Let’s say that the closest translation could be “you fool!”.
This expression can also be adressed to yourself: “khat to saram” (dirt on my face!). OK, this is getting strange !
To be used when you just realize you’ve made a huge mistake or forgot something very important.
Example: “Khak to saram! I forgot to turn the oven off before leaving the house!”
5. “Ba namak” : salty
Nothing to do with cooking or food, this means cute, adorable, funny! It can describe a person, a movie, a situation. Anything that can be fun, charming.
Example : “you’re so ba namak ! So fun/cute”.
The opposite version of that expression would be “be namak”: describing someone/something not very funny.
Stay tuned for Part 2 in an upcoming article 😉
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