Name: Hourmazdt Tashoiy

Age: 8

Hometown: Tabriz, Iran

Languages Spoken: Farsi, English

Hobbies: Computer games

Favorite Subjects: History, Science

Favorite Food: Spaghetti, Loobia Polo (rice with vegetables)

When he grows up, he wants to be: a policeman

A few words for kids in the United States: “Iranian children like me hate war and hurting people”

Learn a Little Farsi!

Hello: Salaam

Goodbye: Hoda Hafez

Thank You: Sepaz Gozaram

Cat: Gorbeh

Iran Quick Facts:

Official name: Islamic Republic of Iran

Location: Iran occupies an important strategic location between the Middle East and Central Asia. (Its neighbors include the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey. It also borders on the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Caspian Sea)

Geography: Iran is one of the most mountainous countries in the world. Iran’s climate is mostly arid (dry) or semi-arid except in the north where rainforests grow.

Population: 75 million

People: Persian (65%), Azerbaijani (16%), Kurd (7%), Lur (6%), Arab (2%) and Baluchi (2%)

Religion: Shi’a Muslims (89%), Sunni Muslims (9%). Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians also live in Iran

Languages: Farsi  (official language); Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Arabic and other languages are also spoken. Historically Arabic was used for scientific, philosophical, historical, mathematical, musical and medical works.

History: Iran is the location of one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations. The nation is well over  2,500 years old. Iran has the world’s second largest reserves of natural gas and third largest oil reserves.   Words that originated in Iran include khaki, balcony, pajamas, bazaar, caravan, lilac, paradise, shawl and star.

profile and glossary courtesy Alex Stonehill, The Common Language Project