Through our blog, we try to provide advice and guidance for those learning Persian. For learners of the language, we’ve provided information and tips about Persian – and now we look at some of the things you shouldn’t do. In fact, learning a language can often be easier if you don’t create barriers that could hinder your progress. Read on to find out the top 6 things you should try to avoid when learning Persian…
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1. Avoid listening to people who say learning Persian is difficult
Persian is spoken in several countries of the world and is often one of the top choices for those wishing to learn a second language. This means that there are currently people whose second language is Persian and they have been able to learn this language. Persian is sometimes considered a hard language to learn due to the irregular spelling and pronunciation and the amounts of different accents and dialects. But by maintaining your motivation and breaking up the task of learning Persian into manageable steps, you can achieve success, too.
2. Try not to separate Persian from the rest of your life
Going to Persian lessons is a great basis for learning, but don’t switch off your use of the language as soon as you step out of the classroom. To be a successful Persian learner, try to immerse yourself in the language outside the classroom. This works particularly well if you also involve your own interests, so listen to Persian songs by your favorite artists, or movies featuring your favorite actors. There are plenty of other ways to pick up new Persian words or to keep up your learning motivation – have a look at our blog, ‘21 Essential Farsi Phrases You’ll Need in Iran’ for more ideas.
3. Abstain from comparing yourself to other Persian learners
In fact, no matter what level of skill you have, it’s almost definite that your fellow language learners won’t be at exactly the same level as you. Everyone learns language at different paces – and that’s ok! Whatever level you’re at, you’ve worked hard to reach it, so you need to be proud of that fact and keep going. Please don’t feel you have to apologize for being at a different level!
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4. Avoid waiting too long to speak Persian
Learning Persian is a skill and, just like other skills such as driving a car or playing a musical instrument, you need to practice it. It might be that you’re waiting for the confidence to speak in Persian, but don’t wait too long – the sooner you try out your Persian, the faster your ability will improve. And actually, that brings us on to our next point…
5. Try not to fear making mistakes
Don’t live in fear of opening your mouth to speak Persian and making an embarrassing mistake. Nothing bad will happen if you do say the wrong Persian word, and fear can be a strong barrier to overcome. Instead of worrying about how people will react to your attempt to speak Persian, have the confidence to try it out and simply learn from any mistakes that you do make.
6. Avoid getting tangled up in Persian grammar
Every language has grammatical rules, and getting used to them is just part of the process when learning a foreign language. But many languages have easy aspects of grammar, too, so don’t focus on the harder parts of the Persian language but try to continue your progress by learning the easier parts first.