Colloquial Persian: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher 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. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Colloquial Persian is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.
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..
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Persian is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Persian.
Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Reading and writing in Persian. Communicating in Persian. 1. سلام salām Greetings. 2. احوالپرسي ahvālporsi Enquiring about Health 3. کجايي هستيد؟ kojāyi hastid? Where are you from? 4. آخر هفته چهکار کرديد؟ āxar-e hafte ce-kār kardid? What did you do at the weekend? 5. منزلتون کجاست؟ manzeltun kojāst? Where’s your home? 6. ورود به تهران vorud be tehrān Arriving in Tehran 7. در ايران dar irān In Iran 8. گفتوگوي خياباني goftogu-ye xiābāni Street talk 9. گرسنهايد؟ gorosneid? Are you hungry? 10. موقعيتهاي اضطراري mouqe`iyathā-ye ezterāri Emergency situations 11. منزل manzel Home 12. گردش gardeēs Going out 13. خريد xarid Shopping 14. خدمات xadamāt Services 15. سلامت و بهداشت salāmat o behdāŝt Health and hygiene 16. روابط با ديگران ravābet bā digarān Relations with other people 17. کار و زبانهاي خارجي kār va zabānhā-ye xāreji Business and foreign languages. Key to the exercises. Reference grammar. Persian-English glossary. English-Persian glossary. Index
Abdi Rafiee has been teaching Persian to non-Iranians since 1969.