HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: MODERN LANGUAGE WITH ANCIENT ROOTS
Multiple Languages in One Nation
Several months ago we told you how the Iran of the Ancient Silk Roads has become a modern day linguistic crossroads for The Middle East and Central Asia. Representatives from virtually every language of these areas live in Iran and speak their own tongue within its borders. However, Iranians also have their own language called Farsi and it has ancient Persian roots.
One Language, Ancient Roots and Much Influence
Use of Old Persian, the grandmother of the Farsi used in Iran today, can actually be traced back to Persis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, discussed in a previous blog, so it is at least 2500 years old. What was once the capital city of Persis is in the Fars Province of modern Iran, hence the name “Farsi.”
According to Farsinet.com, Farsi is the most widely spoken of the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian languages and Wikipedia says there are about 110 million people around the world who use it. The primary countries using Farsi are Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, but it is considered a prestigious cultural language in Western, Central, and South Asia and has influenced neighboring tongues such as Arabic and the Turkic languages.
Because of a long history in literature, Middle Persian (the form before the current language and after the original Achaemenid use) was the first language in the Muslim world to break Arabic’s monopoly on writing, according to Wikipedia. The literary classics in these countries include many works of Persian authorship.
Perhaps you are wondering why all of this matters to GHM. Well, because the use of heart languages is foundational to what we do, that’s why. Our programming is designed to reach the cultural heart of our viewers and part of that task is accomplished by using native speakers of our heart languages as hosts. We have produced original Christian programming in Azerbaijani, Uzbek, and Turkmen.
To our delight, these programs are enjoyed throughout The Middle East and Central Asia, regardless of the name of the country, because the geographical boundaries have little influence on the use of heart languages. Also, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, and Turkmen languages can be understood to a great degree by other people who also speak Turkish-based languages.
Now we want to take it to the next level. Since Iranians already share the Persian culture our programs target, by lip-synch dubbing them into Farsi, we could multiply exponentially the number of potential viewers. Remember, Farsi is spoken by 110 million people in the world and the influence of the Persian culture followed the Empire into the Indian subcontinent and throughout the rest of Asia.
Lip-synch dubbing is a translation method which seamlessly transforms the language spoken so well only an expert can tell it has been dubbed. Imagine all the lost men, women, and children mired in hopelessness who could be freed into the joy of salvation by watching our programs. So that is our dream, to lip-synch dub all the many programs we have already produced into Farsi.
While lip-synch dubbing a program is inexpensive in comparison to producing a new program, it still takes money. While money is not something we like to spend much time talking about, it is very necessary to this opportunity the Lord of languages has set before us. The Lord God confused the languages at the Tower of Babel and now He is leading us to take His message to His children who speak Farsi.
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