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2nd Edition

The Routledge Introductory Persian Course
Farsi Shirin Ast

ISBN 9781138496798
Published November 18, 2019 by Routledge
290 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Introductory Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast, Second Edition, is an innovative course designed for students who are new to the language.

Focusing on grammatical and communicative competence, the course contains 15 lessons combining dialogues and texts with grammar explanations, exercises and audio materials to guide and support the student through the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Key features include:

  • Lively, content-based materials – the language is taught and practiced through a variety of dialogues and texts on the culture, history, and traditions of Iran
  • Complete vocabulary lists – each vocabulary entry contains the English meaning, the part of the speech in Persian, as well as a sample sentence in Persian
  • Colloquial situational dialogues – students are introduced to spoken Persian from the outset
  • Carefully controlled exercises – new grammatical points are practiced in a variety of controlled exercises that bridge between students’ existing information and the new information
  • Audio material – students can develop natural pronunciation by imitating the audio recordings of the vocabulary, dialogues, and texts available freely online
  • Glossaries – comprehensive Persian to English and English to Persian glossaries.

The course provides everything that students and instructors need for an engaging and effective learning environment.

Revised and updated, this new edition includes more vocabulary and grammar activities, and clearer learning outcomes.

Table of Contents


Lesson 1 The Persian Alphabet

Lesson 2 Introduce yourself. Where are you from?

Lesson 3 Is Iran or Canada larger?

Lesson 4 How many provinces does Iran have?

Lesson 5 What do you know about Noruz?

Lesson 6 What day is the weekend in Iran?

Lesson 7 What is your favourite sport?

Lesson 8 Do you haggle?

Lesson 9 What do you believe in?

Lesson 10 Are women and men equal?

Lesson 11 Where is Persepolis?

Lesson 12 Is pop music better or traditional music?

Lesson 13 What kind of university is your university?

Lesson 14 Are you single or married?

Lesson 15 Why do you stand on ceremony?

Persian-English Glossary

English-Persian glossary

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Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi is Senior Lecturer of Persian Language and Linguistics at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, and is the current President of the American Association of Teachers of Persian (2018-2020).

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Senior Research Fellow in Persian at Wadham College, Oxford, and Associate Professor of Persian Literature at The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.