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45 terms

Farsi Vocabulary

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agha
sir
baba
daddy
bacha
boy
baksheesh
a gift (especially in the sense of a gratuity or tip)
bas
enough
Eid
any of several holidays, but especially the three days of celebration after the month of Ramadan
Hazaras
One of several minority groups in Afghanistan. Generally Mongoloid or somewhat Chinese in appearance
Inshallah
God willing (A very common expression in Afghanistan, reflecting the belief that the future us under God's control, not man's)
Jan
Dear
naan
oven-baked flat bread
kabob
meat on a skewer
kofta
meatballs
kolcha
cookies
qurma
a fried rice and yogurt dish
shirini
any kind of sweets or candy
Hadj
the pilgrimage to Mecca a faithful Muslim is expected to make once in one's life
Kaka
Uncle
Kamyab or Nahkam?
Succeeded or failed? Made it or came up short? Happy or Sad?
Khastagar
a suitor
Khanum
woman or wife
Khoda Hafez
Goodbye. God keep you safe.
Mehman
a party
Mardum
man
Mast
drunk
Mashallah
nice going. Congratulations.
Mord
dead
Namaz
prayer
Nang and Namos
honor and pride
Pashtun
The dominany minority group in Afghanistan. Generally Aryan in appearance
Wali
Pashtun code of honor
Pirhan and Tumban
the traditional dress of the average Afghan
Rafiq
friend (comrade)
Ramadan
the month of fasting in which good Muslims do not eat food or drink during daylight hours.
Salaam Alaykum
Hello. Peace be with you.
Shabas
Excellent! Well done!
Shari'a
Religious law as the basis fo the conduct of civil society
Shorawi
"The Northerners" (The Russians)
Sunni
One of two major divisions of Islam; considered the more "establishment" branch; Pashtuns
Shia
A division of Islam, constituting about 15%, they recognize the line of succession of the prophet Ali
Tabla
Drums
Tashakor
Thank you
Watan
the homeland, a Pashtun term
Yateem
without family, orphaned
Zakat
Religious duty in Islam, especially the obligation to contribute part of your income to the poor
Zindagi Migzara
Life goes on