With poets like Sa’adi, Hafez, and Khayyam, it’s hardly surprising that Persian is considered to be a poetic language. Iranians commonly refer to it as “the sweet language,” claiming that everything sounds better in Persian. Here are just some of the most beautiful words that will have you falling in love with this language.

Ârezu

Pronounce it like this: â-re-zoo

Write it like this: آرز

arezu

arezu

Zibâ

Pronounce it like this: zee-bâ

Write it like this: زیبا

ziba

ziba

Mahtâb

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: مهتاب

moonlight

moonlight

Sokut

Pronounce it like this: so-koot

Write it like this: سکوت

sokut

sokut

Ârmân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: آرمان

arman

arman

Penhân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: پنهان

penhan

penhan

Delsuzi

Pronounce it like this: del-soo-zee

Write it like this: دلسوزی

delsuzi

delsuzi

Nasim

Pronounce it like this: na-seem

Write it like this: نسیم

nasim

nasim

Jân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Use it like this: Iranians tack on jân after a person’s name as a term of endearment or sign of respect. It can be pronounced jân or joon. Another use is if you ask someone a question, and they didn’t hear you, they say Jân?, instead of ‘What?’ as it just sounds nicer.

Write it like this: جان

jan

jan

 

Royâ

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: رویا

roya

roya

Nik

Pronounce it like this: neek

Use it like this: Nik is more than just good as there is a sense of purity in it as well. The three pillars of Zoroastrianism- good thoughts, good deeds, good words- all use nik.

Write it like this: نیک

nik

nik

Ashk

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: اشک

ashk

ashk

Bârân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: باران

baran

baran

Ârâm

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: آرام

aram

aram

Sepehr

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: سپهر

sepehr

sepehr

Denj

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: دنج

denj

denj

ghorbunet

ghorbunet

Omid

Pronounce it like this: o-meed

Write it like this: امید

omid

omid

Qorbunet beram

Pronounce it like this: qor-boo-net be-ram

Use it like this: Contrary to what you might think, this phrase is not reserved for special occasions, but is used in everyday conversation. Literally ‘I’ll sacrifice myself for you’, it can be used with your loved ones or, in some contexts, as a substitute for ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you’.

Write it like this: قربونت برم