Sometimes learning Persian feels like it will take forever. You’ve been taking classes for a long time, but actually, you don’t feel like you’re improving. Sound familiar?
Don’t give up! We have 10 useful tips to help you improve your Persian fast.
But one thing that you must remember is that there are four main tasks in language learning; reading, writing, speaking and listening. You cant truly know Persian (or any language) until you have mastered all four of these. We know this can seem daunting, but Please trust me. Once you get started, it’s a lot easier than you think.
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1. Make a schedule and stick to it
We know you want to learn Persian fast, but learning a language takes time and dedication. People often believe that going to class is enough but if you really want to improve your Persian fast, you need to practice every day. In fact, we’ve found that the best way to stay on track is to set a goal and make a schedule. Please plan time to do a little something every day. If you don’t know where to start, ask your Persian teacher for recommendations on what resources to use. Test yourself, do online exercises, immerse yourself in Persian, and just keep practicing.
2. Surround yourself with the sounds of Persian
Watch Iranian movies (with subtitles in Persian), use audiobooks, or listen to podcasts. Intermediate and advanced students can watch Ted Talks. These platforms help give you a sense of authentic spoken Persian, learn new words, and improve your pronunciation. And for the fastest improvement, be sure to try language exchange apps for total, interactive Persian immersion. These apps help you to speak with native Persian speakers and make you in real conversational situations.
3. Write down or record new words and phrases
Keep track of new Persian words or phrases that you learn – and then use them. Capture your new Persian words quickly, before they fade from your memory. This way, actually you will remember them because you have moved the language from “reception” (passive learning) to “production” (active learning). Word retention without production is almost impossible. For recording, use the free voice recorder on your mobile.
4. Write and think in Persian
To be able to communicate in Persian, you need to be able to articulate what you are thinking. You can practice this skill on your own by journaling in Persian. In your own words, write about what you know and you like. Simple, everyday things are fine subjects. When writing, try to mentally formulate each sentence – in Persian – before writing it down. Write your emails and text messages in Persian. Then edit to improve your structure and spelling. You can use digital tools, but track the recommended changes so you learn from your mistakes and watch out for direct translation. That is a no-no!
5. Chunk your Persian
No language is based solely on words. You should be able to put words in sentences and use them. The easiest and fastest way to get a head start on Persian idiom is by learning phrases and sentences. Be sure that your new Persian sentences/word order is truly Persian and not just a word-for-word restatement from your native language. And ask your Persian teacher to use Whatsapp Voice Messaging to instantly send you the new phrases from each day’s lesson. That way, you immediately have the sound and “music” of your new Persian phrases right in your hand!
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- Beginners Complete Persian Course
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6. Talk, talk, talk
Talk about everything to everyone! If you don’t have a speaking partner, you can talk to yourself in the mirror. Don’t worry about making mistakes. In fact, The important part is fluency and getting your point across. Persian grammar will improve with time, and a confident yet humble attitude will compensate for technical errors. You do not have to speak Persian fast or use a lot of fancy words, just keep going. And when you get tired, you can ask questions! Most people love to talk about themselves, right?
7. Explain the grammar
The fastest way to find out if you actually understand Persian grammar is by explaining it to someone else. If they understand it, you do too! Please start with the basic concepts and from there move on to more complex structures. Our favorite grammar books are Farsi “Grammar in Use” series. Check out the “Grammar in Use” series.
8. Plan ahead
Starting a conversation or keeping one going in a foreign language is hard. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it. To help yourself along, create. a cheat sheet. You can come up with 10 conversation starters or topics you are familiar with. This keeps the conversation moving and makes it a little less difficult.
9. Try tongue twisters
A great way to sound good (and be understandable to others) is by doing tongue twisters. Everyone struggles with these, but these silly texts are a good way to refine your accent and master the sounds of the Persian language. You can view videos of people doing tongue twisters and copy them. Please watch the way their mouths move and make sure you articulate. As you get stronger and become more professional, you will be able to say the twisters faster and faster.
10. Finally, listen like a native
Listening is often the hardest part of learning a language, especially when there is background noise, like at a celebration, or when many people are speaking. Another challenge is people who speak very fast, people who mumble (do not articulate), and people with strong, unfamiliar accents. But perhaps the hardest thing about listening is accepting that the Persian language is not spoken the way it is written. In most social Persian (or any language) native speakers de-emphasize, replace, or totally omit certain sounds. Consider the common casual greeting, “سلام، چطور هستی تو؟” What we actually say and hear is something like, “سلام چطوری؟” Another common, casual question is, “داری چی کار میکنی؟”, but the sound of that phrase is more like, “چی می کنی؟” Decoding what you hear is a tough challenge, and test results typically show lower scores for listening than for reading. Thus our advice is to listen to videos with synchronized Persian subtitles.