I started learning Farsi about a year ago. For those of you don’t know, Farsi or Persian is the language spoken mainly in Iran. You might wonder why would a Malaysian of Indian descent is interested in learning Farsi? Hahaha, well there’s a very good reason behind my avid interest in Farsi.
I am a Baha’i. The Baha’i Faith dawned in Persia, present day Iran, 170 years ago. The Founder of the Baha’i Faith is Baha’u'llah who is an Iranian nobleman who speaks Farsi. So, my love for the language stems out from the love for His Holiness Baha’u'llah.
I’ve had the interest to learn Farsi ever since I was a kid but I didn’t have the means or resources to do so. Moving to Kuala Lumpur 2 years ago for studies, opened many doors of learning. I met a lot of Iranian friends which acted as stimulus for me to seriously study the language.
I managed to get hold of a Persian book and a few resources and started my study. Along the way, my Persian friends assisted me and sometimes I would practice with them. But my biggest problem is that I am very shy when it comes to speaking Farsi with someone. If I manage to overcome my shyness, I definitely can improve my Farsi. But I’m getting there slowly.
This journey of discovery has been amazing so far. Farsi is a beautiful language, poetic in nature. I wish that one day, I can speak fluent Farsi. Thank you to all the friends who are assisting me in this journey.