Persians vs. Iranians… who wins?

Persians vs Iranians... who wins?! Cyrus the Great vs Cyrus the Great

What somebody identifies as has been all the rage in recent years, but like nearly everything—ever!—Iranians did it first. Since 1935, when Iran ceased to officially be Persia, Iranians have been choosing to refer to themselves as Persians. Throughout the following years, the reasons have changed for why one identifies as Iranian or Persian, and it’s exactly this that we wanted to explore. To help you understand more about this matter, we invited two girls that identify as Persian. In fact, they doubly identify as Persian, going as far as using it to identify their podcast. Yup, once again we had the pleasure of Persian Girl Podcast join us to discuss when to say your Persian, what it means to say you’re Persian, and whether one is more correct than the other. So listen to this episode to find out, “Persians vs. Iranians… who wins?”

Questions we also get answers to in this episode

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Translations of Persian (Farsi) words used during the episode

PersianEnglish translation
Bah bah:An expression of pleasure, use by Iranians
Masha’allah:“What God has willed” – a term used by Muslims
“a” appearing alone, is pronounced as a short-a — double ‘aa’s are long, as used in the word “water”

Image credit: Picture of Cyrus the Great (contact us for information or credit), edited by Ask An Iranian

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  1. Out of curiosity, what’s the word you kept censoring during the segment talking about maps of the middle east?

    • Hi Dara, thank you for getting in touch. It’s a certain location that is not recognised by the location we record from. Forgive us for avoid mentioning it and even explaining it, but, you know, it’s a sensitive matter.

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