Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs

Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs

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"Zarbul Masalha" is a one-of-a-kind book featuring 151 commonly used Dari Proverbs collected and translated in Afghanistan by U.S. Navy Captain Edward Zellem. The book is written in English and Dari, and is handsomely illustrated with original art by Afghan high school students in Kabul.

Afghans universally prize wit and cleverness in speech. They use Proverbs (called "Zarbul Masalha" in Dari) in their daily conversations much more often than Westerners do, and with far greater effect. An appropriate Proverb inserted at the right time can carry the weight of an entire explanation or discussion. 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."

Designed to fit comfortably in a cargo pocket, backpack, utility pouch, briefcase or bookshelf, "Zarbul Masalha" is highly useful for English-speaking students of Dari... Dari speakers wishing to learn English... military, diplomats, and international aid workers... Afghan emigres and their families... people doing business in Afghanistan... travelers and expatriates... reference libraries... academics, linguists, and writers... and anyone interested in a fresh, intimate, personal understanding of Afghans and another culture and language.

"Zarbul Masalha" and its full-color companion volume, "Afghan Proverbs Illustrated," also are available in paperback from Barnes & Noble and other leading retailers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016076867
Publisher: Taqdeer Press
Publication date: 01/07/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 178
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Captain Edward Zellem has served as a United States Navy officer for 25 years. A trained Dari speaker, he worked side-by-side with Afghans every day for a year and a half in Kabul and Kandahar, including a year inside Afghanistan's Presidential Palace.

While in Afghanistan he collected and used Dari Proverbs every day in his professional life, in the streets and back alleys of Kabul, and in other parts of the country. He became fascinated by the colorfulness and cultural relevancy of Dari Proverbs, and began collecting, translating and transliterating them into English.

After art students at a Kabul high school created illustrations, his collection became "Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs" and its companion volume for children and new readers, "Afghan Proverbs Illustrated."

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