From left: Asti president Laura Zuccoli, minister Claude Meisch; Shahmira Gharai and Siggy Koenig, co-authors of the dictionary
New dictionary offers helping hand for Farsi/Dari speakers in Luxembourg
Farsi speakers will have a helping hand in learning local languages thanks to the launch of the first Farsi-French-Luxembourgish dictionary.
The dictionary, containing 1,590 French words translated into Farsi and where appropriate Dari (a variant of Farsi), is aimed at Persian-speakers from Iran and Afghanistan seeking international protection.
It will also serve the many volunteers and teachers who work with them in language courses and other activities.
The book enables learners to work independently while familiarizing themselves with French. Each word in Luxembourgish is followed by a transcription in Farsi/Dari so that non-Persian speakers can correctly pronounce them.
The dictionary was developed by Asti in collaboration with the Oeuvre Grand Duchesse Charlotte and the education and families ministry.
It follows a French-Arabic-Luxembourgish dictionary which was published in November 2016, and was also developed with the same partners.
What is Persian?
Persian is an Indo-European language, similar to the Germanic and Roman languages, with little connection to Arabic except that it shares the same alphabet.
The Persian vocabulary includes many nouns familiar to those found in several European languages, for example pedar (father, Vater), brodar (brother, Bruder), dokhtar (daughter, Duechter), dar (door, Dier), tondar (thunder, Donner), moush (mouse, Maus) and pardis (paradise, Paradäis).
The French - Farsi / Dari - Luxembourgish dictionary can be ordered free of charge by writing to 12-14 Av Emile Reuter L-2420 Luxembourg or emailing [email protected]