5 ways to learn Persian without leaving home

We think the best way to learn Persian for adults is to throw yourself into a country that speaks it. We know, right now though, that’s not possible for most of us, because as parts of the world head back into lockdown and many people can’t even throw themselves into a shopping center. And while you could wait until borders reopen to immerse yourself in a foreign land, we’d highly recommend you begin your Persian learning at home, long before you get on your flight.

So what can you do to trigger your Persian learning from home before you travel? We’ve prepared a list of methods that you can use to learn Persian.

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1. Listen to Persian music

Even listening to music while doing something else can help a little for things like getting used to the natural rhythm and tone of Persian speech, although the more time and attention you give to a Persian song the more you will learn from listening to it again in the future.

2. Create flashcards

Every time you learn a new Persian word that you just can’t seem to commit to memory, or a Persian verb that doesn’t conjugate in the same way as all the others, write yourself a flashcard. These can either be pinned up on your wall or on your door where you’ll see them a lot throughout the day, or used as a quiz pack to test yourself.

If you’d like someone else to do the graft of creating cards for you, you can get full packs of flashcards designed to help adults learn Persian.

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3. Read a translation into Persian

Another way of making sure books are easier to understand is to choose a book that was originally translated into Persian, preferably from your native language. Even if you haven’t read the book in your native language, you will find Persian is written in a slightly simplified way that is more similar to how your native language is written than a book originally written in Persian would be.

4. Get into a Persian-learning podcast for adults

For all you audio learners out there, podcasts are an amazing way to learn Persian for adults. Actually, podcasts are something you can have on in the background while you do other stuff, therefore there’s really very little excuse for not having the time to study Persian at home with these!

5. Skip the first ten pages

If you have given up with a book in Persian or are reading it very slowly, try skimming through the first ten pages or skipping them completely. In fact, the start of most books tend to be mainly description and are therefore full of difficult vocabulary and don’t have a clear storyline yet to let you know what is happening and to motivate you to turn the next page. If the book is still too difficult even after the introductory part is finished, maybe it is better to give that book up for now and try it again after you have read some easier books.

Important Tips:

1. List Your Necessary Words

It is only natural that you speak in English within 200+- words. The same is for other foreign languages. You can make a usual conversation by learning some keywords like:

سلام، چطوری؟ / Hello, how are you?

خیلی ممنون / Thank you very much

_ اسم من / My name is _

.من نمی توانم/نمی توانم به خوبی انگلیسی صحبت کنم / I can’t/don’t speak English very well.

Therefore, make a list to practice such words and sentences every day. You will see your progress and you won’t believe yourself after one month or a two.

2. Study the Greetings and Simple Phrases

Suppose you say hello in Persian, «سلام»! You will find a connection to studying the Persian language. You can start with small and short communications and aim for more significant Persian phrases. Try saying «سلام»! Instead of Hello! Or «چطوری؟» instead of How are you?

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