Efficient ways to accelerate your Persian learning

Learning Persian is time-consuming but not so hard. here are 5 practical tips for improving your Persian that you can do outside of class.

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1. Start your own Persian language blog

Even for people who don’t have to write in Persian, writing can be a great way of properly learning the kind of vocabulary you need to speak and describe your own life and interests, and of thinking about how to stop making grammar mistakes. The problem most learners have is that they don’t know what to write about. One traditional way to make sure you write every day in Persian is to write a Persian diary, and a more up-to-date way of doing this is to write a blog. Popular topics include your language learning experience, your daily life, your local area, your language, or translations of your local news into Persian.

2. Use Apps

There are several apps available to download and use to practice and improve your Persian. Apps such as Mondly, Memrise, Pimsleur, and more all can help you to learn Persian. You can set up 15-30 minutes a day for these apps and also you can practice wherever. Please be sure to make a conscious effort to focus and be consistent to get the most out of the apps!

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3. Write a news diary

Another daily writing task that can work for learners who would be bored by writing about their own routines in a diary is to write about the news (like sports news or…) that you read and listen to every day.

4. Put your Phone Language to Persian

Many people today are constantly on their mobiles. They receive, see, and send hundreds of messages, images, videos, and content. By putting your phone in Persian, you receive more content in Persian and improve as a result. You may not know what certain words or phrases mean at first, but over time you will remember what the word means and improve your Persian as a result.

5. Listen to MP3s

Although listening to music on the internet is becoming more popular in many countries, not so many learners know that you can download speech radio such as audiobooks and speech radio. Maybe this is a better practice for your Persian than listening to Persian music.

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1. Put the words in context

A good idea to learn more Persian words faster is to put them in context: Instead of writing lists of random Persian words, try to put them in sentences. That way, you know how the word is used in daily life. Furthermore, it will be easier to memorize if you come up with funny sentences. Depending on your learning style, you can also make drawings or find photos that complement the sentences and put the words into their natural habitat.

2. Learn from real-life situations

Speaking of context: Movies, series, books, podcasts or songs are not only an excellent source for the most common words, but they can also help you memorize the Persian vocabulary because they always come associated with a scene, a person, or a (real-life) event. So, try to read books or watch movies in Persian (with subtitles) and figure out what the words mean. If you see or hear a Persian phrase or sentence that you don’t understand, write it down, look it up, and start memorizing it.

3. Find someone to speak the Persian language with

When learning a new foreign language there is nothing like real-time, native speaker feedback to help your progress. One option is to learn through the Skype app, this has the benefit of linking you directly, with native Persian speakers. Here at Learn Persian Online, we are currently offering Skype classes to anyone looking to learn the Persian language.

4. Listen to Persian constantly

You can begin your Persian language journey by listening to Persian constantly. Anytime you have the option to listen to something in Persian, choose to do so. For instance, watch movies in Persian or find Persian music you enjoy and listen to it regularly. Search for podcasts and YouTube videos in Persian.

We know, it sounds simple, but there is a science to support the power of listening to a foreign language. Scientific American claims, «Hearing a foreign language in the background can help you learn that language faster, even if you are not paying attention». Simply learning the patterns of the sounds from listening to Persian goes a long way to mastering the language.

5. Take a Persian course

Try to read regularly in Persian until you can read everything in Persian. This means starting small. Maybe you want to begin by reading Persian children’s books or comic books, but you should move on to reading newspapers and web pages in Persian. Along these same lines, you should strive to read menus and signage in Persian. Rather than sticking to flashcards, try labeling items in your home in Persian, so that you may read and visualize these items daily.

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