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Farsi, or Persian, is a language spoken in a limited number of countries that include Iran, Afghanistan [known as Dari], Tajikistan [known as Tajiki] and as a minority language in several adjacent countries such as Iraq and Uzbekistan. It is descended from Persian and has influenced languages in several nearby countries in south and central Asia. It is a member of the Iranian language family and is spoken by up to 130 million people.

This page gives access to online lessons, Farsi/English/Farsi dictionaries, tutorials, grammar, vocabulary, podcasts, free and fee-based software, cultural information, other resources and information.


Language Courses

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Language Tools


Dictionary Apps

  • iFarsi : Persian [Farsi] Dictionary
    Apple, Free. ‘Free Persian [Farsi] Dictionary for iPhone and iPod Touch. English to Farsi and Farsi to English translations’.
  • Persian Farsi Dictionary Box
    Apple, Free. ‘An amazingly free, offline, comprehensive, powerful multilingual dictionary app for Persian and Persian learners’.
  • A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary
    ‘Includes Perso-Arabic and Roman alphabets’.
  • Aria Dic
    ‘The Best and Newest English/Farsi Dictionary. Free Searchable English-Farsi, Farsi-English dictionary with more than 600 000 words, full pronunciation of words and Auto-Suggest technology’.
  • Distortional Dictionary
    A blog which tries ‘to find words in languages with similar pronunciation’. In this case, Persian and English.
  • English Persian Dictionary [Babylon]
    ‘Dictionaries and glossaries including the Farajbeik Farsi dictionary, with an enlarged and updated English Farsi glossary with a broad based English vocabulary and definitions in Farsi that do not require the installation of Arabic fonts; Persian Computer Encyclopaedia, Computer IT Dictionary for Persian’. Multiple dictionaries.
  • Free Farsi Dictionary
    Use the options to translate Farsi and English in both directions.
  • Dictionary
    Plus Talking Persian - English/Persian Dictionary information.
  • English to Persian Colloquial Dictionary
    ‘Please note that the sentences I have chosen for this dictionary are colloquial Persian to help understand the language in its spoken form’.
  • Persian Online Dictionaries
    Extensive listing of Persian/Other Language universal dictionaries. Persian/English Bilingual dictionary.
  • Online English - Persian Dictionary
    Also Persian - English.

Other Sites

  • Behnevis
    ‘Convert [transliterate] Persian written in English letters, called Pinglish or Finglish, to Persian language script. You can directly email the text or save it as a document. Copy the converted text into your blog or any other web page’.
  • Digital Dialects : Farsi
    ‘Features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. Games use Flash Player’.
  • Farsi Flashcard Sets and Study Tools [Quizlet]
    There are more than 1 500 sets listed.
  • Learn Farsi
    ‘How to learn languages online for free’. Video, links, other advice.
  • Persian and Farsi
    Covers the script, various fonts, how to type using Word, typing on the Mac and more. Penn State University.
  • Persian Language
    Classification, nomenclature, history, varieties, dialects, phonology, grammar, vocabulary, orthography, examples, notes, further reading, links. Wikipedia.
  • UCLA Language Materials Project
    Select language, type of materials, proficiency level, education level. Provides a listing where you can view further detail on individual items. Formats from print to audio and computer materials. Not restricted to Persian [not listed as Farsi].


  • Afrazeh
    ‘Afrazeh Computer Co. has released a set of free Farsi software’.
  • Farsi Language
    Transparent Language. Links to products and to free downloads, games and quizzes.
  • Farsi Software
    13 programs, most of which are shareware.
  • Virtual Persian Keyboard
    Keyboard, English and Farsi letters/numerals. Online

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Language Usage


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Other Information

Other Sites


  • The Iran Podcast
    ‘Though not directed at Persian/Farsi language students specifically, this podcast contains cultural and linguistic information that may be interesting to those learning the language’.
  • Learning Persian
    ‘A weekly program in Persian [Farsi] by the Iranian Students at the University of Maryland’. Covers a wide range of topics in 280 episodes presently available. Not teaching, but using, the language. Visit the website or view the feed.
  • Zohrejome
    ‘A weekly Persian podcast dedicated to storytelling’.

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