Intermediate Persian: A Grammar and Workbook comprises accessible grammar exercises in a single volume. Each of the 14 units deals with a particular grammatical point and provides associated exercises to help learners reinforce and consolidate their knowledge. In addition, it features four appendices, covering colloquial, polite, literary and journalistic styles. Intermediate Persian reviews the principles presented in Basic Persian and introduces more-advanced features and structures of the language. User-friendly and engaging, Intermediate Persian is suitable for both class use and independent study. This edition is completely revised with additional features, such as a review chapter and translations of all the examples.
Table of Contents
Authors’ preface to second edition
A quick review of Basic Persian
‘Self’: emphatic, reflexive and possessive
usages of khod
Definite and indefinite, singular and plural:
review and expansion
Persian equivalents of English modal verbs
More on subjunctive
More on conditionals
If, unless; otherwise, as if
Past participle as verb
Deleting a similar verb
Regulars on the march
Position of verbs in the sentence
Verbs of state
Putting on and taking off clothes
To want, to be able to, to know
More on compound verbs
Ways to avoid passive
Nouns, adjectives from verbs
Some prefixes and suffixes
More on adjectives/adverbs,
comparison of adjectives,
More on subordinate clauses
A review of tā
How to use digar, hanuz, ham,
Remember/forget, arrange, change,
difference, meaning/‘to mean’
Language of politeness and courtesy
Colloquial Persian/ Tehrāni
Literary, poetical, archaic
Good, bad and ugly Persian
Key to Exercises.
(includes all Persian simple verbs).
Saeed Yousef was a senior lecturer of Persian at the University of Chicago, USA, until 2020. He is also a poet and has published books of literary criticism and translations.
Hayedeh Torabi was a lecturer of Persian at the University of Chicago, USA. She is a published writer, essayist and translator.
"As with English, there’s a lot more to Persian than meets the eye, or ear. It needs an all-round practitioner to teach the subtleties of this apparently easy but eloquently idiomatic and multidimensional tongue. Saeed Yousef fits the bill: an experienced teacher, a connoisseur of his own and several other languages, and a poet. His book is an essential vade mecum for all who have decided to make Persian their own."
John Perry, Professor of Persian (Emeritus), The University of Chicago, USA