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Intermediate Persian

A Grammar and Workbook, 1st Edition

By Saeed Yousef, Hayedeh Torabi


288 pages

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Intermediate Persian: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible grammar and related exercises in a single volume. Each of the fourteen units deals with a particular grammatical point and provides associated exercises to help learners reinforce and consolidate their knowledge.There are additionally four appendices covering colloquial, polite, literary and journalistic styles.

Features include:

  • clear, accessible format
  • many useful language examples
  • clear, jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • abundant exercises with full answer key
  • units covering different levels of language
  • a glossary of Persian-English terms that includes all Persian simple verbs and their roots
  • subject index

Intermediate Persian reviews many of the principle elements presented in its sister volume, Basic Persian, and introduces more advanced features and structures of the language. The two books form a compendium of the essentials of Persian grammar.

User-friendly and engaging, Intermediate Persian is suitable for both class use and independent study, making it an ideal grammar reference and practice resource for students and learners with some knowledge of the language.


"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

"Intermediate Persian: A Grammar and Workbook is an excellent complement to the core texbook in the classroom. Its structure is methodical, the units are easy to navigate, and the explanations are refreshingly low on jargon. The appendices (in particular the appendix that deals with the language of politeness, and the one on the Tehrani colloquial) are a great addition to an already comprehensive grammar." - Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Stanford University, USA

"Yousef and Torabi represent the Iranian Studies of Chicago University and for year have dealt with the didactics of Persian. The reference book Intermediate Persian is comprised of the long-standing expert knowledge of both Linguists. It belongs to a specialised series of Routledge’s Grammar Workbooks. The work is divided into fourteen topical parts and as well is comprised of four appendices plus an exercise key and a Persian-English Glossary… The reference book contributes not only to the consolidation of grammatical knowledge of Persian learners, but also serves the enhancement of active vocabulary. The book closes with an English index of facilitated grammatical expressions and this aids a targeted search when using the reference book." Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, de Gruyter, 2017, Band 112.

Table of Contents

Introduction Unit 1: Indirect speech Unit 2: ‘Self’: emphatic, reflexive and possessive. Usages of khod. Objective pronouns Unit 3: Definite and indefinite, singular and plural. Review and expansion. Vocative case Unit 4: Persian equivalents of English modal verbs. More on subjunctive Unit 5: More on conditionals. If, unless; otherwise, as if Unit 6: Causative form. Optative mood. Past participle as verb. Deleting a similar verb. Regulars on the march Unit 7: Impersonal forms Unit 8: Position of verbs in the sentence. Verbs of state. Putting on and taking off clothes. To want, to be able to, to knowUnit 9: More on compound verbs. Ways to avoid passive Unit 10: Nouns, adjectives from verbs. Some prefixes and suffixes Unit 11: Exclamative form. More on adjectives/adverbs. Comparison of adjectives. Ezāfe Unit 12: Correlative conjunctions. More on subordinate clauses. A review of Unit 13: How to use digar, hanuz, ham, faghat/tanhā Unit 14: Remember/forget, arrange, change. Difference, meaning/‘to mean’ Appendix I: Language of politeness and courtesy Appendix II: Colloquial Persian/ Tehrāni Appendix III: Literary, poetical, archaic Appendix IV: Good, bad and ugly Persian. Common mistakes Key to Exercises. Glossary (includes all Persian simple verbs)

About the Authors

Saeed Yousef is Senior Lecturer of Persian at the University of Chicago, USA. 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.

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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