Learning Persian from home may seem like mission impossible, but it’s not as hard as you think. Lots of language learning happens with you sitting in a chair anyway. Why can’t you be sitting on your sofa or at your own kitchen table? The short answer is, you can, and with free online resources at your disposal, there’s really no reason you can’t learn Persian from home. Here’s how to get started.
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1. Work your way through a few lessons
When you’re first starting to learn Persian, it’s a good idea to have a guide, and there are lots of free options. Whether you like flashcard apps or a more narrative approach like Persian Pod, you can start learning Persian from home without spending a cent. Whichever platform you choose to work with, try to spend time on that platform every day. That’s how your memory works better.
2. Listen to Persian radio and podcasts
Once you’ve got some basic Persian grammar and vocabulary under your belt, it’s time to immerse yourself in the language. There are podcasts for Persian students and many more for Persian speakers. You can approach Persian listening activities in two ways. The easiest is to switch on any old Persian radio station and let it become the soundtrack to your life. You don’t need to understand what they’re saying. Your goal is to soak up the rhythms of this language. And the other approach is to pick something you can 90% understand and work on picking up that extra 10%.
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3. Watch Persian TV shows
Like the radio, TV is a great way to immerse yourself in the Persian language. You can take a more academic approach, watching with pen in hand for new vocabulary and expressions (Persian subtitles are your friend), or you can use Persian TV to unwind after a long day without worrying about understanding everything they say.
4. Meet Persian speakers
Online language exchange is booming. Download an app like Speaky or tandem, or find a forum where you can text-chat with Iranians. If you have a little spare cash on hand, you might even hire yourself an online Persian tutor. you can easily find someone who works on Skype and hourly rates can be quite reasonable.
5. Plan a virtual trip to Iran
You may not be able to fly at the moment, but nothing’s stopping you from taking a virtual trip to Iran. Lots of museums have their entire collection on Google’s Arts and Culture platform. You can use your virtual trip as a reward for all the hard work you’ve done learning Persian, or switch to the Persian-language versions of websites and use them to plan your trip. There are so many virtual travel options out there.