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Published on Aug 19, 2018
In today’s language challenge, we’ll be comparing some of the similarities between two Indo-European languages which are classified as Indo-Iranian, Persian and Gujarati, with Mahtab, a Persian speaker from Iran, and Richa, a Gujarati speaker from India challenging each other with a list of words and sentences. (Richa’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/stylewricha/)
Gujarati (ગુજરાતી) is an Indo-Aryan language native to the Indian state of Gujarat where it is the official language of the state. It is notable that Gujarati was the mother tongue of both Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Persian language has had a major influence on Gujarati, in addition to the two languages sharing common Indo-European roots. The Persian language (Farsi) is classified as one of the Western Iranian languages. In addition to Gujarati, Persian has had a huge impact on many other languages and cultures, mainly in the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia and holds official status is Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.