Do you think that Persian is just like math?
Did you learn the grammar rules in Persian classes as if they were math equations?
Did you score a perfect score on the Persian language test because you memorized the rules and test strategy?
If you used these strategies then you are probably struggling right about now because, in fact, you have realized that “math equations” do not help when it comes time to interact with real Persian speakers in everyday life.
You are still thinking in your native language and translating into Persian.
So the question is how does this feel in your daily life? The teacher asks you questions in your class and you freeze. You sink into your chair. There is not enough time to sort out the Persian grammar rules in your head.
In other words, you might know grammar, but when it comes to speaking, YOU ARE PARALYZED!
In today’s lesson, we will show how you move in the other direction and start thinking about Persian as an art; actually the art of communicating and connecting with people. It’s not black and white. it’s colorful and unpredictable. Embrace it! Here’s how:
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1. Throw away your dictionary
Do you go out and try to use those Persian words that you found in the dictionary and then wonder why people don’t understand you or look at you in a strange way?
2. Don’t memorize rules, learn phrases
Do you struggle with remembering which preposition to put after a verb?
You might wonder if you should say “رفتن به” or “رفتن با”.
Well, instead of learning the verb and then learning the preposition that comes after it, you have to learn them together and then immediately start using those phrases every day in your daily conversation.
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3. DO NOT seek perfection
Perfection will paralyze you.
Who cares if you make a grammar mistake in your conversation?
Maybe native Persian speakers do it too.
It’s better to be out there speaking and making mistakes than it is to be in your home memorizing a dictionary and never really learning how to use the Persian language.
4. Speak as much as possible
You can get a language exchange partner, talk with Persian native speakers or talk with your friend who learning Persian too.
Please do whatever you have to do to get more daily speaking practice.
Once you get away from your Persian textbooks and out into the real world you will see that this kind of learning is much more fun anyway.