Do you want to improve your ability to use Persian this year? If so, here are five efficient steps you can take.
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1. Use It
The most important thing you can do is use Persian whenever you can, not just in a classroom setting. If you can strike up a friendship with a native Persian speaker, either in person or on a social medium such as Instagram, that would be ideal. Look for a Persian speaker trying to learn English, and you can help each other. You may also be able to look for opportunities for volunteer work with Persian speakers.
Make it a point to learn at least a little bit every day. You might, for example, take a Persian word that’s new to you and then use a search engine to see how it is used in other contexts.
2. Immerse Yourself
Another way to immerse yourself is to travel to Iran and spend some time out of the usual tourist areas so you can come into contact with people who don’t speak English. Even if all you can do is order a meal in an Iranian restaurant after looking up words from the menu in your dictionary, you’ll gain confidence in your ability to communicate with a purpose and be excited about learning more.
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3. Think in Persian
Learn and regularly say to yourself the names of persons or items you come in contact with every day, for example, family members, pieces of furniture, and articles of clothing. Start making Persian part of your thought patterns. You might, for example, think «صندلی» to yourself when you sit in a chair. Some Persian students have even placed sticky notes throughout their residences with names of objects. Anything that helps you learn Persian vocabulary without translating in your head will help.
4. Get Entertained
Watch movies or TV shows in Persian. Even if you’re reading subtitles, you’ll get a better feel for the rhythm of the language and gradually pick up greetings or other Persian words that are used frequently.
5. Leverage Social Media
Join a Persian-language group on social media. You can find others by looking for groups using terms such as “bilingual,” “language exchange” and “Spanish Persian.”
You can align a Persian-language website that focuses on a subject you’re interested in and visit it regularly, or find a Persian-speaking celebrity and follow him or her on social media.