In the Persian song "Gole Bita" (گل بیتا) what does the word "Bita" refer to? Is there a flower called "Bita," or is that too literal of a reading? [more inside]
(asking for a friend)
I am a US Citizen living in the US. My parents are permanent immigrants - they split their time between Iran and the US (California in case that matters). They have visited the US before and while in the US, they live with me -- their US address is the same as mine. Can they bring a Persian rug from Iran for me to keep? If so, what supporting documents will they need when entering the US at LAX? [more inside]
I tried putting this into google translate, but the output didn't make any sense to me. Could anyone please help me translate the conversation and the tone, please? Thank you very much. Followup questions will most likely come after. [more inside]
What tools do you use to edit Persian for the Web, preferably, but not necessarily, on a Mac? [more inside]
Now that I have tasted the Sohan brought back as a gift from a trip to Iran I must have more! But where can I buy it in the UK? Help please! [more inside]
Help me give my fictional characters non-stereotyped names!
Degree of difficulty: Iranian and Russian [more inside]
What kinds of jobs can I get based on my military experience and knowledge of languages? Should I study more first? [more inside]
I am looking for a
cheap plastic rug. [more inside]
I am looking for sources on Persian mythology from the pre-Arab era, in English. [more inside]
Iranian Jewish female singer, accompanies herself on the Persian sitar...who could it be? [more inside]
How can I change my accent in a second language? [more inside]
Where can I find an English translation of Amir Khusrow
's A’ina-yi Sikanderi
? [more inside]
What does this
piece of Arabic-script (Persian?) calligraphy say? [more inside]
How vocationally useful would an degree in Persian Language studies be? [more inside]
Handmade Persian/Turkish/Pakistani wool carpet question: If you have bought one recently in the US or Canada, or have visited a store where they are being sold, can you tell me what the level of quality and prices are like for varying sizes? [more inside]
How can I make dried limes at home for Persian/Iranian cooking? [more inside]
Where can I find an authentic fesenjan stone pot? [more inside]
Help me find the
authentic persian cookbook, potentially written in farsi... [more inside]
Suggestions/tips on purchasing a Persian carpet. [more inside]
arabic/iranian music question - help me ID this music and album cover and figure out other music like it. [more inside]
Vancouver Persianfilter: Where can I find Farsi language books, Iranian style clothing, preserved foodstuffs/snacks and authentic Afghan or Iranian (or any Central Asian style) style carpets and household accessories in Vancouver BC?
What is the deal with Persian rugs on ebay? [more inside]
How much would it cost to translate a large, highly technical computer book into Farsi (Persian)? What method would be best to accomplish this? [more inside]
Going to Dubai with a bun in the oven... [more inside]
Are there any famous Iranian males
who are well known among non-Iranians in the west (especially the USA)? Any kind of celebrity will do: actors, musicians, artists, authors, or other kinds of TV personalities like newscasters. [more inside]
What's a culturally appropriate gift to give my fiancee's Iranian parents? [more inside]
What are good resources for teaching myself to play the santur? I'm an American composer with no training in Persian music -- just a deep love for it and a gradually improving (self-taught) structural understanding of it. My "more inside" lists some ideas I've had so far, but I would love to hear any suggestions of CDs, websites, books, etc., on Persian music and/or the santur.
Can someone give me references for books/journals for understanding human figures in Safavid manuscript paintings? [more inside]
In the Kite Runner, the character Saurabh was named after the hero of an ancient Afghan (or Persian?) story mentioned a few times in the book. What was that story and can I buy an English translation? Or did the author just make that up?
What are some good Mediterranean/Persian cookbooks? Is there a Madhur Jaffrey for this kind of cuisine?
Persian/Farsi question--what would you call pickled sour grapes? Torshi Angoor or Ghoureh? I've checked google and the store-bought jar in my fridge, so I know those answers. I want to know what you or your Persian family/friends would call it.
Can anyone identify an old piece of clothing for me? (pics inside) [more inside]