Descended from Proto-Iranian and using the Cyrillic writing system, Tajiki is spoken in Tajikistan. Dari (Afghanistan), Persian (Iran) and Tajiki (Tajikistan) are all very closely linked to each other and may sometimes all be referred to as 'Persian'. Get started now with uTalk.§Learn Tajiki with uTalk
Tajiki retains many words that are considered archaic in Persian and Dari.
The most striking difference between Tajiki and Persian is the present progressive tense- for example, in the sentence 'I am writing', Tajiks literally say, 'I writing standing am' while Persians say 'I have I write'!
Despite being a Persian language, Tajiki has borrowed many words from Russian due to the Soviet influence last century.
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