Most people will agree that the best way to master the Persian language is an immersion in Persian.
Fortunately, there are a few actions anyone can take to incorporate more of the Persian language into their daily life.
Here are the tips we recommend to recreate an immersion at home, plus ideas to practice and do exercises for people who already have a basic level of understanding and speaking Persian and want to improve their language skills at home.
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1. Listening and watching content only in Persian
The first step to mimic an immersion is to consume content in Persian every day, just like you would be if you were in Iran. How about challenging yourself to start a new series in Persian? You can also find a new Persian podcast to listen to while commuting to work.
By the way, don’t worry about understanding everything. The point is to get used to hearing the Persian language and recognize some words and structures. Finally, your comprehension will get better.
2. Reading different types of texts
In fact, for a lot of people, reading comprehension is easier than oral comprehension. Try and find resources in Persian: news, recipes, specific articles.
You can read lifestyle content in Persian or the news to help you with comprehension. Spending time deciphering a text is a lot easier if you like the theme. For example, you could read Harry Potter related content in Persian if it can motivate you to read more.
3. Changing language on your devices
If you feel confident enough about your ability to switch back to your native language if needed, change the language settings on your computer or smartphone to Persian. This would be a good way to learn technical and specialized Persian words that you would not necessarily find in books but would be useful in a day-to-day conversation.
4. Writing your grocery list in Persian
Every time you have to write down something, do it in Persian instead of your mother tongue. That way, you will enrich your vocabulary with common words that you would have to use on a daily basis if you lived in Iran.
Writing your grocery list, making web searches, taking notes, and writing down ideas and… are all opportunities to exercise your Persian skills.
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5. Talking to yourself
Narrating your life out loud could help you pinpoint Persian words you don’t know and practice pronunciation. When following a recipe, explain to yourself what you have to do in Persian.
If you don’t feel comfortable speaking audibly, try thinking in Persian. For example, next time you start to plan your week in your head, make a conscious effort to do so in Persian.
6. Using songs at your advantage
Singing along to your favorite songs in the Persian language can be an opportunity to practice pronunciation with a direct example, as well as learning new words and expressions. Also, it is a fun way to train and memorize vocabulary.
Plus, culture and language are closely connected: learning a language will not be complete without learning about the culture, and music is part of culture!
7. Writing down words you don’t understand
We would recommend taking notes in a specific notebook (or create notes on your mobile) and writing down all the Persian words that you don’t understand or don’t know how to say. That way, you can look them up later and build a custom Persian vocabulary list that will be useful to you. Maybe try and form thematic lists, which will help you review the words more easily and learn Persian more effectively.
8. Finding a language buddy
Is there a friend you can text in Persian with? Perhaps you know people that are multilingual or have a really good level in Persian. Chances are they will be happy to text or even speak in Persian with you. Just ask.
Nevertheless, you don’t have to exchange with someone that already masters Persian, sharing your experience and progress with someone trying to improve the Persian language that you can help too, and make you feel more at ease if you are afraid to talk to a fluent Persian speaker.
And the last point
At the start, maybe you feel like you are struggling to understand or communicate, but don’t give up!
Keep in mind that learning Persian requires time and dedication. The best way to improve your Persian skills is to work at it regularly, even if you can only free half an hour a day available in your schedule. Little by little, you will see your vocabulary expand, your pronunciation improves and you will be closer and closer to mastering Persian.