Persian is a language with advantages stamped all over it. It’s the mother tongue of about 110 million people across the world and it means you’ll find conversation buddies easily. As an added bonus, Persian is a Romance language and is relatively recognizable to learners. Here are 5 of the best ways to learn Persian.
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1. Study or live abroad in a Persian-speaking country
This is the big one. Spending extensive time abroad in a country where Persian is spoken is hands down the most effective way to learn. Why? Because by studying, living, or working abroad you place yourself in an immersive learning environment, not unlike how young children learn their mother tongue. Taking a Persian language course is a great way to progress fast and meet others with similar interests. Another option is to work in a Persian-speaking country. Actually, after a short time, you’ll find your vocabulary list is as full as your social life – both of which will improve your level. Because Persian is spoken across Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, there is (truly) no shortage of places to call casa. Set your sights on Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Yazd, Tabriz, and Tehran.
2. Watch films and series
Please, grab a bucket of popcorn and a notebook to jot down those lovely new words. Watching Iranian movies and series is another tried and true way of learning Persian. If feature films aren’t your thing, relax, you can watch movies and animations with Persian subtitles. A bonus tip is, subtitles in Persian (not your native language) help you to catch missed dialogue. If you’re watching online or your DVD doesn’t have subtitles, you can watch the movie again after a few days. In fact, repeated viewing of the same scenes, storyline, and actors’ voices will help you understand more.
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3. Listen to music
Like watching films and series, listening to music is a relaxing way to invite Persian into your brain. As there are 110 million native Persian speakers, the range of available music is huge. Discover artists on Spotify or Youtube, and listen along while doing housework, at the gym, driving, or on your commute! To ramp up your learning, download song lyrics and listen while reading them, highlighting new words and Persian expressions as you go. (Later, you can look the vocabulary up online and listen again. You’ll be amazed by how much more you understand.) Plus, those more musically inclined will benefit from learning the guitar chords or singing along.
4. Join the Persian community in your city
While you can learn a lot on your own, at some point it’s far more effective to join the Persian community. Because people have been migrating since before recorded history, there are colorful communities of immigrants and exchange students in almost all big cities of the world, very likely also in the city you live right now. Find communities by searching online for food, cultural, or film events. You can also try your city’s online expat communities and forums for postings from people looking for an English-Persian language exchange partner. If that doesn’t turn up anything, you can ask your contacts on your social media networks. You never know who has a Persian-speaking friend to introduce you to!
5. Host a Persian-speaking student
Speaking of Persian-speaking immigrants and exchange students – you’re in a unique position to help them and yourself. How? Think about it: just like you, when these expats arrive in your country, they’re strange and confused. In fact, by offering up your time to show a newbie around, or registering your home as a homestay location with a local university or language school, you’ll be able to help orient new expats, introduce them to your city and practice your Persian while you’re at it.
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