Best in class: 4 tips for learning Persian faster

Just taking some Persian classes isn’t enough to become fluent. Studying (and mastering!) Persian requires effort, persistence, and patience. But by focusing your energies in a smart way and making some changes in your habits, you can harness your Persian class time to help you achieve fluency much faster.

Here are we have prepared some tips for boosting your learning in the class:

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1. Use your vocabulary lists creatively

While absorbed in class, you might think you’ll never forget the new Persian words you hear. Unfortunately, they usually come in such quantities that it’s almost impossible to keep up by relying on memory alone. Enter writing. The act of writing something down solidifies learning in our minds, and keeping Persian word lists is a fantastic way to practice this. But do you know what’s even better? Using those lists!

To make your vocabulary list useful, try forming a habit of categorizing new Persian words and linking them to their meanings; a practice that gives your brain a reason to process each one. To start, you can use one of these “better list keeping” techniques – or combine them all!

  • Please divide your page into three columns, representing: the word, its part of speech (whether it’s a verb, noun, preposition, etc), and definition. As you hear new Persian words, fill in your list. For example: جراح “surgeon,” “noun,” “a doctor who performs operations.” You can cover columns when revising to quiz yourself.
  • Color-code new Persian words according to their use, for example: their part of speech, theme (travel, work, food), or linguistic use (slang term, formal/informal speech). Actually, the use of color will let you find related words quickly and help you self-test.
  • Boost your memory by including an example of the Persian word in context. Did your Persian teacher use it in a sentence? If so, copy it down. The important point is, the use of the word in context will limit its ability to fly straight out of your mind after class.

2. Avoid your native buddies

While you might have signed up for a Persian class with a friend or made great mates with someone from your country if you want to learn you need to resist the temptation to pair with them in your class. Why? When working with someone who speaks your native language, you won’t challenge yourself, and in a difficult situation, you’ll just be tempted to revert to your mother tongue. On the other hand, being brave and reaching out to someone new and different (with whom you can’t verbally cheat) actually forces you to work harder to understand and be understood in the Persian language. And really, isn’t that why you’re in your class in the first place?

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3. Talk, talk, talk

Now, we’re not saying that you should be that learner, the one who interrupts, chats non-stop, and takes over the lesson. actually, They aren’t being generous with their classmates’ time. However, if you refuse to interact you’re not doing your Persian learning any favors either. Remember, your Persian teacher is there to help you: if you have questions, doubts, or queries, please speak! Articulating your problem out loud (especially in a new foreign language) is a great speaking practice in itself and often helps you see a solution before it’s given to you. When learning Persian, we don’t improve by stewing in our doubts, but by resolving them. And who knows? Maybe someone else in the class has the same question and will benefit from the teacher’s answer as well!

4. Be there, consistently

In fact, when you sign up for a class, the first couple of classes go great, but then “life” happens. Work gets tough. You accidentally sleep through your alarm and in the end, your shiny new goal to learn the Persian language gets dusty. Too many learners start out eager to learn and then drop off the face of the earth after a week of classes. The point is, while no one thinks it will be them, the majority of learners won’t make it to the end of the long-term study. Don’t let this be you! How do you motivate yourself to attend your class consistently? Try:

  • Reminding yourself of why you’ve chosen to learn. Stick inspiring quotes to your computer, door, or mirror, you can talk about your goals to friends and family, or picture yourself (and how happy you’ll be) once you achieve your goal.
  • Soaking yourself in Persian culture. Eat its food, watch Iranian movies, read about Iran, and seek out articles about how to learn Persian.
  • Booking a flight. By doing this, you’ll have made a commitment to travel and will need to feel as confident in Persian as possible!

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