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Persian language belongs to the Indo-European family of languages, more precisely the Western group of the Iranian languages branch. Some scholars claim that Persian belongs to what they call the Indo-Iranian languages. It seems it is not a Semitic language as some experts say.
Persian is the language originally spoken by the Parsa people who ruled Iran around the years 550-330 B.C. Parsa were a tribe of the Hakahmaneshinian era. Those people have left some samples of their Old Persian carved on stone in cuneiform script. It became the language of the great Persian Empire.
Farsi or Modern Iranian Persian is a dialect or a variety of Persian spoken mainly in Iran. The local name for the language is Dari. Another important variety of Persian is Tajik, mainly spoken in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and also in Russia and the main difference is that it is written using the Cyrillic script.
Today Persian is spoken primarily in Iran, Afganistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan by half of the speakers – that is about 72 million – all native speakers, the other half are spread all around the world.
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