Persian is an important language of the Middle East and Central Asia. It is known as Farsi in Iran, Dari in Afghanistan and Tajik in Tajikistan. It has about 62 million native speakers, ranking it among the world’s 20 most widely spoken first languages; another 50 million or more speak it as a second language.
Studying Persian provides an entry into a rich and diverse culture that produced major epic and Sufi poets such as Firdausi, Rumi and Hafez, exquisite miniature painting, fine carpets and world-class films.
Ability to speak Farsi (Persian) can connect you to Iran and its neighboring countries. Persian belongs to the Indo-European Language family and is also one of the languages used in UNESCO.