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Sepas or Merci

One of the most useful expressions you need during your traveling time for any new destination is how to say thank you.

The word of Thank you in Farsi is ‘Sepas’, however, you can use the French version with the Persian accent (Merci) as well. But why? Why all loan Latin words in Farsi are pronounced in French and not Germane or English???

Do you have any idea how many french words we use in our language? Here, you can have a complete list of French words imported into Farsi.

The first point of cultural exchange between Iran and Europe started from Qajar period when the Qajar kings started to travel to Europe. They were astonished by the lifestyle of Europeans and wanted to mimic some European lifestyle to Iran. This influence can be seen in architecture and language.

Moreover, Sending and funding the high-class families’ children for education to Europe, especially French universities had a gradually high impact on cultural exchange in society. Since most of the graduated students came back to Iran and worked as politicians, ministers or representatives in parliaments.

 To show off their knowledge, they used lots of French words, which resulted to import lots of loan words from French to Farsi. The influence of the French language in Farsi was so dominant until the 1920s when the second language of schools was changed from French to English.

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