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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

Zibâ

Pronounce it like this: zee-bâ

Write it like this: زیبا

Mahtâb

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: مهتاب

Sokut

Pronounce it like this: so-koot

Write it like this: سکوت

Ârmân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: آرمان

Penhân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: پنهان

Delsuzi

Pronounce it like this: del-soo-zee

Write it like this: دلسوزی

Nasim

Pronounce it like this: na-seem

Write it like this: نسیم

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

Royâ

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: رویا

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

Ashk

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: اشک

Bârân

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: باران

Ârâm

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: آرام

Sepehr

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: سپهر

Denj

Pronounce it as you see it.

Write it like this: دنج

Omid

Pronounce it like this: o-meed

Write it like this: امید

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