How to have a conversation like a native Persian?

Nobody wants to speak ‘textbook Persian’. The dated expressions and formal phrases you may learn from textbooks can be entirely different from the real-world Persian used by native speakers. While achieving native-level fluency is a lofty goal, there are many small steps you can take to sound more like a native Persian speaker.

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1. Listen more carefully

Speaking Persian more fluently actually starts with improving your listening skills. Listening to a range of accents and different speakers will help you to mimic their speech patterns and help you to sound more fluent in your own speech.

Watching a film or listening to music is a great place to hear real-world Persian. You’ll pick up new vocabulary and also get more comfortable with the natural intonation of natively-spoken Persian.

Of course, our online Persian classes are also full of listening exercises.

2. Use idioms

By listening to native Persian speakers, you’ll undoubtedly pick up a few funny phrases known as idioms. While these may not make sense when taken literally, they are used all the time in casual spoken Persian.

Colorful phrases like “یک چشم بر هم زدن” [very fast] or مثل آب خوردن [it’s easy] can add a level of sophistication to your Persian and make you sound more like a native speaker.

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3. Get to grips with slang

Like idioms, slang is regularly used by native Persian speakers, almost unconsciously. You’ll find that Persian slang has regional differences, so using distinctive words like the locals is key sounding more like a native.

Tip: Please remember, slang is generally considered informal. Be aware when using slang in professional situations.

4. Improve your pace and clarity

If you’re trying to sound more like a native Persian speaker, what you say is as important as how you say it. Improving the pace and clarity of your speaking will go a long way to improving your fluency and help native Persian speakers to better understand you.

Reading aloud in Persian is a great way to work on the clarity of your pronunciation. If you’ve spent enough time listening to native Persian speakers, try to mimic the way they talk. Please allow your voice to rise and fall with the natural flow of the language.

5. Talk with a native speaker

This is the most important step you can take to sound more like a native Persian speaker.

Whether it’s at the airport or in a live online class with one of our teachers, simply having a chat with a native Persian speaker is the fastest way to improve your own Persian fluency. Many non-native speakers are nervous to talk at first, but actually, the more you do it, the more confident you’ll become.

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