Irritation due to Persian phrasebook for the Bundeswehr

The German Army soon alongside Israel against Iran? The Federal Office of Languages ​​publishes a Persian phrasebook for soldiers, where sentences are to be read as: "I come from Cologne," "I belong to the UN peacekeeping troops," "Iran is a beautiful country." Furthermore, there is the Persian translation mliltärischer commands like "stop stop."

Occasion for the members of the Bundestag Inge Hoeger dig deeper (The Left Party). Thankfully on youtube is a video with the questions and the answers woman Högers set the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence Christian Schmidt (CSU).

What you hear in the sequence is hard to believe:

Schmidt winds clear, the questions obviously feels as an absolute impertinence, even aggressive towards the end. The babble is possible to deduce, however, that the phrase book was intended to improve the communication skills of the soldiers.

Then drop the words "Israeli President recently in the Bundestag", "threat of Israel", "Israel's right to exist", "threat posed by Iran."

Schmidt recalls the Merkel promises that "an attack on Israel as an attack on us" is.

What can we conclude from this?

Schmidt adds that the phrase book would be necessary because there would be people in Afghanistan, the Persian speak - but admits that this is not the case in the north. [Where the armed forces stationed].

Then he tried a particularly bizarre reason: the German aid organization "Help" (NGO) would cooperate with Iranian authorities have invested in school buildings. There must therefore be held communication.

It follows a swipe at the "Young World", which has the theme also believed and their "crude" ideas.

Can we allow such utterances as citizens Christian Schmidt?

Let's take a look at the map of different ethnicities and languages ​​in Iran and Afghanistan:

Verbreitung der iranischen Sprache; Quelle: Wiki Commons

Dissemination of the Iranian language; Source: Wiki Commons

We see in the picture the broad language of the Persian belt, the focus runs through Iran and on through Afghanistan to Tajikistan hienein. However, we see that in Afghanistan, the North and the South are recessed.

Sprachen in Afghanistan nach Distrikten; Quelle: Wiki Commons

Languages ​​in Afghanistan by district; Source: Wiki Commons

Here is a more accurate speech-map of Afghanistan. We see the wide "green belt" of the Persian language in the middle. In the south, the Pashtun. In the north, two languages ​​are spoken mainly, which are quite different from the Persian and Pashtun.

ehno-linguistische Karte Afghanistans; Quelle: Wiki Commons

ethno-linguistic map of Afghanistan; Source: Wiki Commons

Opposite, an ethno-linguistic map of Afghanistan. In the north we see a large area in pink. Here Turkmen is spoken predominantly. In green you can see the Pashtun area. Brown finally the Tajik language area. Kunduz, the city near which the attack on the hijacked tanker was ordered by the Bundeswehr, is the way in the Pashtun language area, ethnicity, therefore, which is particularly strong to Pakistan inside. The Pashtun has with the Persian at most a few words together; who speaks Persian so it can not automatically veständigen with Pashtuns themselves. (That told me a Persian speech teacher).

To summarize: In the north, where the Bundeswehr is deployed, we meet three languages: predominantly Turkmen, Tajik and Pashtun this. We even consider: The German flag is blowing in the north, is where no Persian spoken ...!

PS In the meantime, I have received the Voice of the Federal Office speech: It can find a lot more military commands, as I supposed; including "Keinene step further", "Are you armed?", "We need to search", "Give you their weapons from" etc. The phrasebook is from 2008, and a reprint of 2003.
However, this does not detract from my argument, because I present here the remarkable response of Parlamentarichen State Secretary in the Ministry of Defense in the Vordegrund. And that was not: "So we will print a thing routinely in all languages! etc.

Verteilung der ISAF-Truppen in Afghanistan; Quelle Wiki-Commons

Distribution of the ISAF forces in Afghanistan; Source Wiki Commons

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8 Responses to "irritation due to Persian phrasebook for the Bundeswehr"

  1. Cache says:

    The man speaks around his neck.

    Furthermore, would be interesting to know whether the phrase book in Iranian Persian or Afghan Persian (Dari) is written. Since there are namely differences. Why should the soldier say in Dari, "Iran is a beautiful country"?

  2. Cache says:

    The internet just does not forget anything. For Afghanistan there is the Voice "Dari":

    And the cover of Sprachfuehrers "Persian for the Bundeswehr", interestingly, shows the outline map of Iran:

    Schmidt's allegations are so plain wrong. As Undersecretary of Defense he should know it is actually accurate. Has Schmidt deliberately tells nonsense or is he really that ignorant?

  3. mahout says:

    hello, does anyone know if BW had already print cards from certain regions or Iran can? That would be another, definite sign of a invade preparation! Can you well understand, among other things to prepare in WW II!

  4. nordlichtbk says:

    Companies that invest in Iran's own people have suburb either very well speak Farsi and Iranian company employees speak English very well, many of you also German! So the statement is dishonest. I thought German companies to stop investing with Iran?
    lol school buildings? the engineer to the Iranian construction workers: stay "are Stop! Not one step further! Are you armed? We need to search "?

    I thought BW would not be a fighting force?

  5. heinz sina says:

    Understand the irritation nicht.Persisch is certainly the first Wahl.Dari is not as verschieden.Gerade in the north are many languages.
    A language-A nation is a European construct.
    For the area around Kandahar Pashtu would also gut.Persisich but is the lingua franca weischen all ethnicities.
    Tajik is also a variety of Persischen.Es is not much teaching material and wahsrcheinlich one just has saved and a textbook of Persian textbooks zusammengeschustert.Daher the cover etc.
    The Secretary of State winds because it is completely ahnhungslos and not there are people because of some hidden agenda.Solange who believe that the Iranians speak Arabic tman need not be surprised

  6. [...] See also the more detailed analysis with maps of the various ethnic groups and languages ​​in Iran and Afghanistan: irritation due to Persian phrasebook for Bundeswehr… [...]

  7. Hamit says:

    In the north, where the Bundeswehr is stationed, Persian is very well spoken.

    The Tajik namely is one of the three standard varieties of the Persian language [next Iranian Persian, Dari (Afghan Persian) and Tajik (Persian in Tajikistan, with Cyrillic letters)].

    The differences between Persian and Tajik are low: Tajik in Afghanistan, written in Arabic script, is * Persian * to be subsumed under the generic terms.

    Tajik differs from Dari as much as Swiss High German by the Austrian High German or British English from New Zealand English.

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