Let’s start with the obvious: since no one is currently able to jump on a plane and move to a Persian speaking country, now is the time to get creative with your learning routine.
we’ve compiled 10 tips on the best way to learn Persian at home. Some of them are super practical, others designed to make you a better learner in general.
Are you ready to put all the odds in your favor? Let’s get started.
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Top 10 tips to learn Persian
1. Give yourself time
Sure, you could just star your favorite online guide to essential Persian phrases on your browser, learn the 10 most used sentences and call it quits. But that’s not really achieving fluency, is it?
Which is why the first step is ideally to devote some time each day to learning Persian. You can decide if you want to dedicate twenty minutes a day. As little as ten minutes a day, even (that’s what we’d recommend!).
The important thing when you’re living your life indoors is to find a balance: you don’t want to overdo it, but you’ll also need to set aside enough meaningful study time to have a great impact.
2. Understand the timeline
Speaking of time, you should also understand exactly how long it takes to learn a new language.
So let’s talk logically: how long a time period do you want to study for? 1 week? 1 year? Two, maybe?
Someone maybe okay with the fact that they’ve got a long journey ahead. Others might prefer studying in study in short courses so it’s over and done with quickly. It’s up to you to decide what is right for you.
3. Set your goals
The first 2 tips are designed to focus on when you’re going to study.
It’s also a good idea to remember why you want to learn Persian. Communicate with friends and family members? Be fluent for your next holiday? Understand the culture?
A great tip is to write that goal down somewhere. Keeping your eye on the prize will give you somethings tangible to work towards while you’re in quarantine.
Plus, it’ll be tremendously helpful in the long run, especially if you feel like your learning slows after a few months of study Persian (which, by the way, can happen to anyone from time to time, so don’t worry if you occasionally find yourself in a learning rut!).
4. Build your foundation
Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate Persian learner, you’ll need to start with the basics.
First steps while you’re learning at home might simply be memorizing a few simple Persian sentences. It might be getting acquainted with the Persian alphabet or even a tricky grammar point.
The point is that you’ll need something – some sort of knowledge base – to build on.
And later on, when this difficult period is over, this foundation of knowledge can give you the confidence to initiate a conversation with a Persian native speaker. Plus, it’s also nice to see that foundation grow and become stronger as the some weeks or months go by.
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5. Immerse yourself
Immersion, as mentioned earlier, is really the best way to learn Persian.
However, the frustrating question for a lot of language learners is: how do I immerse myself without travelling abroad?
The good news is that, these days, you can pretty much bring Persian culture to you by:
Watching Persian TV and films
Trying online tutoring
Practicing with Persian native speakers in person might be off the cards right now, but in the meantime, you can do something even more valuable for your progress. Signing up for one-to-one lessons with highly qualified Persian teachers using online platforms like Skype could be just what you need to fast track your journey to fluency.
Reading Persian news
Sure, you might not get every Persian sentence at first, but context helps a lot. In fact, you might be surprised at how much you can understand from a newspaper, article, even as a complete beginner learner.
Another technique can seem too advanced at first. But listening to Persian podcasts while you’re doing housework or doing your paint by numbers at home is a great way to train your ear to pick up the words you know, and assimilate new ones.
6. Practice with native Persian speakers
One of the thing that’s easier than ever to do. Not in person, we realize, but thanks to this great thing called the Conversations feature on Tandem’s app, it’s possible! Connecting you with Tandem’s community of over 5 million learners, you’ll be able to receive feedback on your Persian language from native experts.
It just goes to show: even if your household holds precisely zero Persian speakers, you can always find ways to strike up a conversation.
7. Stay focused
There is no shortage of Persian online Persian learning tools.
This is both great and bad.
On the one hand, it’s easier than ever to grow your toolset without stepping outside your home. On the other, it can be bad for your focus.
In fact, many beginner learners believe that using more techniques at once improves their chances of becoming fluent.
We think this could not be further from the truth. Keeping your learning structured and consistent is the best way to ensure you progress, so ideally pick a tool that balances a few methods together.
8. Review frequently
Some people believe that the best way to get a book isn’t just to read it, it’s to re-read it.
The same principle applies to learning a language like Persian. It’s something you do naturally every time you converse with Persian speakers. But it’s also something you can do at your home.
There’s a name for it: a spaced review.
The best teaching technique should incorporate it in their features, so it becomes natural and a part of you.
9. Don’t aim for perfection
Some Persian learners aim to pass as native speakers.
While an admirable aim, it might become too overwhelming as a challenge, chiefly when you’re just starting out.
It’s always best, therefore, to aim instead for a level that allows you to have a good conversation.
What’s the difference?
Well, if you listen to yourself speak in your mother tongue, you’ll be amazed at how often you fail to find the right word, hesitate before using an expression, or simply don’t know how to communicate your exact thoughts or minds.
So why put so much pressure on yourself with a new language?
10. Have fun!
Learning how to speak Persian opens a ton of possibilities for friendship, careers, and human connections.
But it’s not a succeed or fail type of deal! First and foremost, it’s a cool journey, so you might as well have fun doing it!
Just remember not to be too harsh on yourself, take your time, and find the funny phrases that make learning Persian worthwhile.