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Haggle for crafts at the Bazaar of Tehran, explore Iran from the Azadi Tower, or visit the jeweled city of Isfahan. Wander through Naqsh-e Jahan and see the Palace of Ali Qapu, then visit the Mosque of the Shaykh Lotfollah and marvel at one of the most stunning architectural feats of the Islamic world. Travel back to the Persian Empire at Persepolis and roam the magnificent ruins of the ancient palace. Wind down with a refreshing glass of doogh and use your language skills to delve into the poetry of Sohrab Sepehri or catch a play at the Tehran City Theater.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Farsi language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Farsi culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Farsi culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

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Course Overview

Learn Farsi language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Farsi

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Basics
  • 2Expanding the Essentials
  • Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk
  • Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins
  • Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions
  • Chapter 4 - Places and Directions
  • Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting
  • Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture
  • Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment
  • Chapter 8 - Help and Requests
  • Chapter 9 - Clarification and Explanation
  • Chapter 10 - Dates and Appointments
  • Chapter 1 - Relatives and Pets
  • Chapter 2 - Household Rooms and Items
  • Chapter 3 - Career and Hobbies
  • Chapter 4 - Preparation and Guests
  • Chapter 5 - Cooking and Eating
  • Chapter 6 - Weather and Landscapes
  • Chapter 7 - Shopping and Apparel
  • Chapter 8 - Tasks and Errands
  • Chapter 9 - Recreation and Relaxation
  • Chapter 10 - Travel and Tourism

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk

Conversational Goals

  • Express Gratitude
  • Greet People
  • Make Small Talk with Strangers
  • Say Goodbye

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Farsi Sentence Structure
  • Form Formal and Informal Sentences
  • Learn the Present Base of the Verb بودَن

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell If Someone Speaks a Language
  • Ask / Tell Where Someone is From
  • Ask Someone to Speak Slower

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Imperative Form
  • Be Introduced to the Notion of Two-Part Verbs
  • Form Affirmative and Interrogative Sentences
  • Learn How to Form the Present Tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Someone's Name
  • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
  • Recognize Some Iranian Names
  • Respond to Introductions
  • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something

Grammar Goals

  • Learn How to Connect Possessive Nouns With یِ or اِ
  • Learn the First Person Plural Pronoun
  • Learn the Formal Third Person Singular and Plural Pronoun
  • Use the Negative Form of Verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Places and Directions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Directions
  • Get Help Finding a Place Using a Map
  • Get Someone's Attention
  • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
  • Understand Directions as They are Given to You

Grammar Goals

  • Learn How to Combine Nouns with Adjectives
  • Learn How to Combine Prepositions with Nouns
  • Learn More Two-Part Verbs
  • Use the Object Marker را

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting

Conversational Goals

  • Count Up To 100
  • Deal with Iranian Currency
  • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores in Iran

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Command Verb Forms
  • Form Present and Future Tenses
  • Learn Demonstratives for Objects and Adverbs for Directions
  • Learn Plurals
  • Learn to Form Short Answers

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture

Conversational Goals

  • Gain Insight Into Iranian Food Culture
  • Order Drinks and Meals in Iranian Restaurants
  • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants

Grammar Goals

  • Learn More Present Tenses
  • Practice Negative Sentences
  • Practice Verbs in the Imperative Form
  • Practice Word Order and Structures with Ezahfe

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment

Conversational Goals

  • Ask/Tell Whether You Can Use Something
  • Deal with Large Numbers
  • Handle the Iranian Currency with Ease
  • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Formal and Informal Command Verbs
  • Learn More Present, Present Continuous and Future Tenses
  • Learn More Two-Part Verbs
  • Use Auxliary Verbs and the Subjunctive
  • Use the Short Form of Verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Help and Requests

Conversational Goals

  • Accept/Decline Help
  • Ask For/Offer Help
  • Ask/Tell What Trouble You Are In
  • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Iran

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Past Participles
  • Use Present Bases as Informal Command Verbs
  • Use Short Forms of Verbs and Pronouns as Suffixes
  • Use the Negative Form of Present and Past Tenses

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Clarification and Explanation

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Answer What a Word or Phrase Means
  • Ask/Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Says
  • Request to Repeat, Slow down, Speak up, and Write Down
  • Request to Teach How to Do Something
  • Talk About Your Language Abilities

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Present and Past Stems of نِوِشتَن
  • Learn to Form Plural Words with ان
  • Use Infinitive Forms
  • Use the Past Participle نِوِشتِه

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 10 - Dates and Appointments

Conversational Goals

  • Accept/Decline an Invitation by Using تَعارُف Expressions
  • Make Appointments for Visiting Places
  • Understand/UseTime Expressions in Farsi
  • Use تَعارُف Expressions

Grammar Goals

  • Practice Prepositions
  • Practice the Basic Word Order Including Adverbs
  • Practice the Subjunctive

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Relatives and Pets

Conversational Goals

  • Address Family Members Using Kinship Words
  • Comment on Pets
  • Talk About Personality Types

Grammar Goals

  • Conjugate the Verb شبیه کسی بودن (To Resemble)
  • Form Possessive Nouns with Suffixes
  • Reinforce the Use of Plural
  • Use Demonstrative Pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Household Rooms and Items

Conversational Goals

  • Describe What Color Something Is
  • Refer to General Places
  • Refer to Rooms and Locations in a House
  • Use Location and Relational Words

Grammar Goals

  • Describe Locations Using Prepositional Phrases
  • Form Exclamatory Sentences With چه
  • Learn the Imperative (Command Form)
  • Use the Verb از خوش آمدن (To Like Something/Someone)

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Career and Hobbies

Conversational Goals

  • Accept or Politely Decline an Invitation
  • Extend an Invitation
  • Share Likes and Dislikes
  • Talk about Career and Professions
  • Talk about Hobbies

Grammar Goals

  • Position Adjectives in the Correct Order
  • Practice the Subjunctive
  • Recognize Compound Words
  • Use the Present Tense to Express the Future

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Preparation and Guests

Conversational Goals

  • Convey Obligations and Desires
  • Express Time Constraints
  • Offer to Help
  • Practice Terms of Kinship and Affection

Grammar Goals

  • Form Compound Prepositions
  • Practice the Subjunctive
  • Review the Imperative
  • Use Verbal Nouns to Make a Complex Sentence

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Cooking and Eating

Conversational Goals

  • Explain the Ingredients of a Dish
  • Learn about Local and Cultural Food and Drinks
  • Offer to Help Prepare a Dish
  • Say You Like or Dislike Certain Dishes
  • Tell Others How to Prepare a Dish

Grammar Goals

  • Review Present and Imperative Tense
  • Use Measurement Quantifiers
  • Use the Present Progressive Tense
  • Use the Subjunctive when Asking Questions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Weather and Landscapes

Conversational Goals

  • Describe the Land
  • Describe the Weather, Climate, and Seasons
  • Express Preferences and Opinions
  • Suggest an Activity
  • Use Proper Measurement for Temperature

Grammar Goals

  • Learn to Form Adjectives from Nouns
  • Practice Verbs following Subjunctive Expressions
  • Review of Comparative Adjectives

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Shopping and Apparel

Conversational Goals

  • Express Your Needs and Wants
  • Inquire About Store Hours
  • Learn the Days of the Week
  • Name Various Types of Stores
  • Understand Different Measurements and Weights

Grammar Goals

  • Employ Adverbs of Time
  • Learn the Present Perfect Tense
  • Practice the Subjunctive to Express Want
  • Use Measurement Quantifiers
  • Use لازم to Express Need and Obligation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Tasks and Errands

Conversational Goals

  • Invite Someone to Join You for an Activity
  • Use Basic Banking and Financial Terms
  • Use the Post Office

Grammar Goals

  • Learn هم...هم (as well as) & نه...نه (neither...nor)
  • Review the Subjunctive
  • Use the Past Tense
  • Use the Relative Pronoun که

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Recreation and Relaxation

Conversational Goals

  • Remind Someone to Bring Something
  • Suggest Going Somewhere
  • Make Plans for an Activity
  • Talk About a Change of Plans

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Reflexive Pronouns
  • Practice the Past Tense
  • Review the Present Perfect Tense
  • Use Adverbs of Time, Manner, Frequency, and Place
  • Use the Non-Specific Direct Object Marker

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 10 - Travel and Tourism

Conversational Goals

  • Ask About a Famous Person and Local History
  • Suggest to Visit Well-Known Places
  • Talk or Ask About Plans
  • Ask to See Less Common Places

Grammar Goals

  • Form Superlative Adjectives
  • Learn the Formal Future Tense
  • Review the Present Perfect Tense
  • Use the Equivalent of Modals

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