9781475093926

Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs

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  • ISBN13:

    9781475093926

  • ISBN10:

    1475093926

  • Edition: Bilingual
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-01
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
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Summary

Afghans universally prize wit and cleverness in speech. They use Proverbs (Zarbul Masalha) in their daily conversations far more often than Westerners do, and with far greater effect. A Proverb used well, especially by a foreigner, usually leads Afghans to either laugh in genuine surprise and delight, or to nod thoughtfully while considering its full meaning and nuance. As the Proverb says, "Az gap, gap mey-khezad" (From talk comes talk), which in one Afghan context means that "Good conversations lead to more good conversations." "Zarbul Masalha" is a one-of-a-kind book featuring 151 commonly used Dari Proverbs collected and translated by Captain Zellem. The book is beautifully illustrated with original art by Afghan high school students in Kabul. "Zarbul Masalha" is highly useful for English-speaking students of Dari... Dari speakers wishing to learn English... military, diplomats, and international aid workers... people doing business in Afghanistan... travelers and expatriates... academics, linguists, and cultural anthropologists... and virtually anyone interested in fresh, intimate, personal insights into Afghan culture and language. Proceeds from "Zarbul Masalha" will benefit the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) and Marefat High School in Kabul. Both these institutions are leaders in promoting literacy and education for a new generation of free Afghans.

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