4th Edition

Colloquial Persian The Complete Course for Beginners

By Abdi Rafiee Copyright 2024
    576 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    576 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Colloquial Persian: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed to provide a step-by-step course to Persian as it is written and spoken today. Combining a clear, practical, and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Persian in a broad range of situations.

    Each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points across different key topics for communicating in Persian. This fourth edition offers thoroughly updated and expanded cultural notes, refined language points offering greater clarity and understanding of the most difficult points, a clearer introduction to the Persian script, and new audio material. Balanced, comprehensive, and rewarding, Colloquial Persian is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Persian. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

    Key features include:

    • A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

    • Jargon-free, succinct, and clearly structured explanations of grammar.

    • An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises.

    • Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations.

    • Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in Iran.

    • An overview of the sounds of Persian.

    Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. The audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

    Reading and writing in Persian
    Guidelines for Persian writing

    سلام 1 salām 
    Dialogue 1 Greeting and leave-taking
    Dialogue 2 Introducing yourself

    احوال پرسی 2 ahvāl-porsi 
    Enquiring about health
    Dialogue 1 How’re you?
    Dialogue 2 Pleased to meet you!

    کجايی هستيد؟ 3 kojāyi hastid? 
    Where are you from?
    Dialogue 1 Party game: Who am I?
    Dialogue 2 Introducing B to C

    آخر هفته چه کار کرديد؟ 4 āxar-e hafte ce-kār kardid? 
    What did you do at the weekend?
    Dialogue 1 Wish you were there!
    Dialogue 2 Nothing to write home about!

    منزلتون کجاست؟ 5 manzeletun kojāst? 
    Where’s your home?
    Dialogue 1 Giving your details
    Dialogue 2 Asking about family

    ورود به تهران 6 vorud be tehrān 
    Arriving in Tehran
    Dialogue 1 How long will you stay in Iran?
    Dialogue 2 Going through customs

    در ايران 7 dar irān 
    In Iran
    Dialogue 1 Getting a taxi
    Dialogue 2 Checking into a hotel

    گفت وگوی خيابانی 8 goft-o-gu-ye xiābāni
    Street talk
    Dialogue 1 Asking directions
    Dialogue 2 Is there a metro station around here?

    گرسنه ايد؟ 9 gorosneid?
    Are you hungry?
    Dialogue 1 At the dinner table
    Dialogue 2 Is this seat taken?

    موقعيّت های اضطراری 10 mouqe`iyathā-ye ezterāri
    Emergency situations
    Dialogue 1 At the police station
    Dialogue 2 Describing appearance

    منزل 11 manzel
    Dialogue 1 Answering the phone
    Dialogue 2 I’m looking for a flat

    گردش 12 gardeŝ
    Going out
    Dialogue 1 If the weather gets better . . .
    Dialogue 2 What are your hobbies?

    خريد 13 xarid 
    Dialogue 1 Haggling
    Dialogue 2 In a corner shop

    خدمات 14 xadamāt
    Dialogue 1 At the post office
    Dialogue 2 Exchanging currencies

    سلامت و بهداشت 15 salāmat o behdāŝt
    Health and hygiene
    Dialogue 1 Hello, Doctor
    Dialogue 2 At the pharmacy

    روابط با ديگران 16 ravābet bā digarān
    Relations with other people
    Dialogue 1 Giving and receiving gifts
    Dialogue 2 Arranging to meet

    کار و زبان های خارجی 17 kār va zabānhā-ye xāreji
    Business and foreign languages
    Dialogue 1 A business appointment
    Dialogue 2 A job interview

    Key to the exercises
    Reference grammar
    Persian–English glossary
    English–Persian glossary


    Abdi Rafiee is a Farsi (Persian) teacher at the University of Westminster, London, UK.