We’ve all heard a thousand times that the only way to really learn Persian is to be totally immersed in the language, completely surrounded by it everywhere you go. But actually, we wanted to go deeper than that and find quick and easy ways to start getting immersed. So we have prepared 10 steps that you can follow, in this order, to make learning Persian faster and a whole lot more fun.
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1: Find some Persian radio stations and podcasts
There are tons of podcasts about all topics imaginable these days: entertainment, politics, news, games, sport. A good way to find one is to look for a podcast in PersianPod101. Look for one that interests you and listen to it in your car while driving or when walking. You’ll train your ear that way!
2: Watch Persian learning videos on YouTube and watch for at least a few minutes
It will be so worth it. Try looking at the comments to pick up some Persian words and sentences you aren’t familiar with, but be careful there are all kinds of bizarre stuff in YouTube comments.
3: Talk and sing to yourself in Persian
When you are alone at home, or even in the shower, start talking! Sing a song in Persian the way it sounds to you, talk about the weather or any other topic. Do this frequently and your Persian pronunciation will drastically improve – guaranteed!
4: Listen to interviews in Persian
You can spend some hours listening to Persian interviews and it sure won’t feel like studying. But it is! It helps you a great deal.
5: Sit near people who are speaking Persian on the bus or in the park. Listen in…
Okay now please don’t be a creepy eavesdropper! But, see what Persian words you can pick up and listen to the flow of the conversation. How much did you understand and what general topic were they talking about? Did you hear an interesting Persian word you might want to look up after?
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6: Pay attention to Persian ads and texts on the Internet
Please look and think about what these ads mean. How many Persian words do you recognize? Did you see that same Persian word elsewhere? You can make up sentences about what you’re seeing.
7: Love music? Try figuring out the words/lyrics of your favorite Persian songs
Watch video clips with lyrics on YouTube. Read the Persian translation and build up your vocabulary. Listen to songs and try to figure out the special words. It’s fun!
8: Watch TV clips or episodes in Persian
In fact, it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand what they’re saying, watch anyway! Please try to understand why something is funny or sad. If the joke is related to the word itself, then maybe that is why the joke does not make sense in your own language. What would be the best translation into your native language then?
9: Engage in a conversation on Instagram with friends who post in Persian
When you have Persian speakers in your following, you see their posts daily and get inside information about news and viral videos in Persian. Your friends can be your teachers and their posts prepare the best material for you to study.
10: Produce, produce, produce. No matter how shy you are or how much you don’t “get” Persian, force yourself to speak
Help out a Persian tourist who looks lost. Actually, they won’t mind you struggling with the language while you’re doing them a favor! After class, talk to your teacher about how things are going and what you need help with, in Persian. When traveling, ask around for directions in Persian, even if you don’t need them!
In fact, it does not matter if you talk slowly, you are learning, that’s only natural!