Maybe you also want to learn Persian, but you are afraid of the process of learning a new language and think that it may be difficult and tedious.
Here we have prepared some simple and fun tips for you to make learning Persian easier and more enjoyable for you.
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1. Write things down (by hand)
Despite the fact that constant progress in technology seems to make handwriting a thing of the past, but please don’t underestimate the power of writing things down to stimulate your memory! Whenever you start learning Persian you need to keep an old-fashioned notebook where you can write down all the new words and the main grammar points. The physical effort to actually write the Persian words down helps you to memorize them better, and using different colored inks makes it even more eye-catching.
2. Get musical
The learning potential of songs has been universally recognized. Our advice, in this case, would be to not be discouraged by complicated lyrics – take small steps, learn Persian with easy songs first, and then move to the rest. But also, do not be disappointed when you find out that music has a completely different meaning from what you had imagined – at least, you have learned enough of the language to realize it!
3. Watch a movie in Persian
These days, it’s extremely easy to access series and movies in the original language, no matter where you live. We would recommend sticking to short episodes at first, in order to be able to watch scenes several times without being discouraged. First, watch without subtitles (or with English subtitles); then, switch on the subtitles for your own language and check your understanding. Take notes of idiomatic expressions or particular Persian words that you didn’t know in your notebook. Beware: Sometimes students things like “I should watch a cartoon, it’s for children so it must be easy!”, but please keep in mind that cartoons are made for native speakers, and often use language appropriate for children, which is not necessarily easy or useful for you to learn!
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4. Connect with learners and Persian teachers online
If you have access to a good internet connection, you can look for Persian classes with Persian teachers through programs such as Skype. Actually, you can use this not only for conversation classes but also grammar and writing classes since the chat works just like a common whiteboard! You can also find many online platforms where you can offer language exchanges with users who are interested in learning your native language… a great way to make new friends, too.
5. Change the language settings on your social networks
One of the first things we recommend to you is to switch all your devices and social networks to the Persian language. It isn’t easy at first, to scroll through posts, read messages, texts or even make a call when you are not sure about the words you read on screen, but you will see that in no time you will get used to verbs such as منتشر کردن “share”, پسندیدن “like”, لغو “cancel” or خواندن “read” that may be very useful when traveling or reading emails!
Obviously, everybody will agree that the best way to learn a new foreign language is traveling to the country where the language is spoken. Although this is certainly true, it is not enough to just book a trip to the destination if you don’t try and get to know the culture of that country. Moving further and further away from your comfort zone and travel to Iran will allow you to meet new people and new culture, discovering the authentic spirit of Persian.
7. Open your mouth and have a go
Speaking of comfort zones, you should never be afraid of speaking Persian. First of all, native Persian speakers are usually be happy to see that somebody is making an effort to make themselves understood. Secondly, as someone said: “never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It just means that they speak at least another language” and this is true for any language, such as Persian. Finally, when you can’t get your message through or cannot understand what they say, it just means that the communication goal has not been reached; you need to still give yourself another chance, and just relax. Remember it is not necessarily due to your language level, so breathe, and please try again and it will definitely work out alright!