10 Ways to Improve Your Persian Vocabulary

10 Ways to Improve Your Persian Vocabulary

The Persian language often has both rhyme and reason. It’s full of synonyms, homophones, homonyms, and other confusing words that seem to make it difficult to learn. Luckily, you can use the same five skills to improve your Persian vocabulary as you did when learning your first language: reading, listening, writing, watching, and conversing.

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Reading

Reading is a wonderful way to learn new Persian words. Because reading is a one-person activity, you can really take your time with a new Persian word and work out its meaning and usage.

1. Popular literature

Reading illustrated books, such as comics and children’s books, will offer you graphical clues to help you learn new Persian words. Furthermore, if you’re reading popular books, there’s a good chance that you can find a translation to your own language as well.

2. Relevant blog posts

Reading blog posts about subjects and hobbies you enjoy in Persian is a great way to familiarize yourself with new Persian words and will keep your interest.

Listening

Listening is how we first learn words as a baby and can profoundly impact how we learn to pronounce and use new words. In fact, there are lots of ways to learn by listening.

3. Music

Music is a fun way to learn new words while immersing yourself in the popular culture of Persian-speaking countries. You can find music in genres you like and listen along for words you know.

4. (Virtual) events

Attend events in Persian, like plays, sports matches, and exhibitions, to listen for new words.

Writing

In the age of the internet, writing has become more essential to learning and using a new language. Actually, one of the benefits of writing is that it helps you become more familiar with words.

5. Journaling

Keep a journal of your day in Persian. This is an easy way to incorporate new Persian vocabulary into sentences and to check your understanding of any new words.

6. Vocabulary building

Learn to look for synonyms. If you want to expand your vocabulary, you’ll have to push yourself to use new Persian words.

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Watching

Learn how a new Persian word is used by watching someone use it in context. You’ll learn about the different contexts that may surround a new Persian word as well as the gestures and mannerisms that often accompany it.

7. Movies and TV

Watching movies is a casual way to learn Persian words. Similar to reading illustrated books, you get the perk of visual cues, while also benefiting from hearing how Persian words are usually pronounced. Tip: Combine your listening and reading skills by turning on the closed captioning in Persian, which can be a helpful way to visualize the words being spoken aloud.

8. People-watching

Watch people conversing around you in this world and how are they using their words? Think about what can you learn about the words they’re using by observing the relationships of the people and their mannerisms?

Conversing

Now it’s time to take your new Persian words for a test drive. Conversing allows you to gain valuable input on your Farsi word usage and pronunciation while expanding your vocabulary.

9. Fluent speakers

Host a (virtual!) game night or dinner for your fluent-Persian-speaking friends and colleagues. You can ask them for feedback on your pronunciation and language use.

10. Fellow Persian learners

Learn from other learners. Join a study group or meet with other local people learning Persian. Make a commitment to only speak Persian when this group meets.

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