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.
- Beginner - Persian Language Online
‘Work your way through these lessons specially designed for the absolute beginner to gain an understanding of the very basics ’.
- Easy Persian
Online lessons. 130+ available at this time.
- Free Persian Lessons and Persian Language Courses
‘Persian language lessons and language courses for those learning Persian, along with some other resources, such as online courses and exercises, podcasts, video lessons, alphabets, dictionaries, lexicons’, more.
- FSI Persian [Farsi] Course
Live Lingua. Book and 24 audio tape lessons.
- Learn Farsi for Free
Linguanaut. More a combination of language areas rather than a full course.
- Learn Farsi Online for Free with Livemocha
‘Our language lessons will help you learn Farsi faster and build confidence to converse with native speakers’.
- Learn Persian [Farsi]
‘Materials needed for learning Persian, including language scripts, pronunciation guides, sample sounds and videos, as well as cultural materials’.
- Let’s Learn Persian
Multi-page site. Easy to follow.
- Virtual Persian
‘Designed to provide students with a simple tutorial for learning Persian’.
- Persian Alphabet, Pronunciation and Language
Omniglot. ‘Notable features, notes, numerals, audio’.
- Persian Alphabet [Wikibooks]
Overview and information on transcription.
- Persian Alphabet [Wikipedia,]
Letters, changes from Arabic, word boundaries, languages using, other Arabic alphabets, references, more.
- Persian Alphabet for Preschoolers P3
Runs for approximately 13 minutes.
- Persian Farsi Alphabet
Introduction, names and sounds. Approximately 7 minutes.
- A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary
‘Includes Perso-Arabic and Roman alphabets’.
- Aria Dic
Free Searchable English-Farsi, Farsi-English dictionary with more than 600 000 words, full pronunciation of words and Auto-Suggest technology’.
Plus Talking Persian - English/Persian Dictionary information.
Translation in both directions plus sentences using the word.
- English Persian Dictionary [Babylon]
‘A selection of English Persian dictionaries and glossaries’.
- Freelang Online Persian-English and English-Persian
Available online and also as a download.
- Persian Online Dictionaries
Extensive listing of Persian/Other Language universal dictionaries. Persian/English Bilingual dictionary.
- Farsi Trip
Apple, Free, In-app purchases. ‘The perfect tool for toddlers and older children to learn vocabulary in Farsi’.
Android, Free‘We designed this app with the help of a linguist to help beginners make their learning more efficient and more effective’.
- iFarsi : Persian [Farsi]
Apple, Free. ‘Free Persian [Farsi] Dictionary for iPhone and iPod Touch. English to Farsi and Farsi to English translations’.
- Learn Farsi™
Apple, Free. ‘We designed this app with the help of a linguist to help beginners make their learning more efficient and more effective’.
- Persian Farsi Dictionary Box
Apple, Free. ‘An amazingly free, offline, comprehensive, powerful multilingual dictionary app for Persian and Persian learners’. Rated 12+.
- Farsi Software
13 programs, most of which are shareware.
- Virtual Persian Keyboard
Keyboard, English and Farsi letters/numerals.
- Digital Dialects : Farsi
‘Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets’.
- Farsi Flashcard Sets and Study Tools [Quizlet]
There are a vast number of sets listed. There are also sets listed under Persian.
- Learn Farsi
‘How to learn languages online for free’. Video, links, games, more.
- Persian and Farsi
The script, fonts, how to type using Word, typing on the Mac, more. Penn State University.
- 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. UCLA.
- Online Conjugator for Persian Verb
- Descriptive Grammar of New Persian
‘An academic grammar. It can be considered as a reference book requiring basic knowledge of New Persian’.
- Persian Farsi Verb Conjugation
Present and Past Tense.
- Persian Grammar [Jahanshiri]
Grammar lessons, interactive games, conjugator, more.
- Persian Online Grammar & Resources
Adjectives, demonstratives, determiners, interrogatives, nouns, numbers, Persian-specific grammar, phonology, prepositions, pronouns, sentence structure. Also vocabulary, other resources, the writing system, history, how to type in Persian, more. University of Texas.
- Persian Verb Conjugator
‘ Conjugations in both Formal/Written and Colloquial/Spoken Styles with Audio. Persian Simple Verbs and Persian Compound Verbs’. An alternate site at this link provides the same service.
- English-Persian [Farsi)]Vocabulary Quizzes
‘Quizzes to help you learn and review vocabulary’.
- Farsi Word Lists - Farsi-My List
Material from Byki including lists developed by others.
- Persian Online - Vocabulary Lists
‘A set of vocabulary lists with audio by theme that you can use for self-study’. University of Texas.
- Persian Vocabulary
PersianPod101.com. Overview with embedded links; use menu on the left for specific items.
- Persian Word of the Day
‘Free Persian Vocabulary and phrases’.
‘Convert [transliterate] Persian written in English letters, called Pinglish or Finglish, to Persian language script. Directly email the text or save it as a document. Copy the converted text into your blog or any other web page’.
- Culture of Iran
‘Created to provide basic information on Iranian culture, history and practices’. Multiple sections from History to National Celebrations.
- Farsi Net
A site for Farsi speakers - all in Farsi except Tab Headings. You need basic Farsi to use this effectively.
- Iran Chamber Society : Culture of Iran
Multiple articles on different topics. Links to sources on specific areas, e.g., Persian Language & Literature.
- Persian Culture
History, About Persians, Renaming Persia, Image Gallery, more.
- Persian Language
Dialects, close languages, phonology, grammar, vocabulary, orthography, history, examples, notes, further readings, links. Wikipedia.
- Unilang Persian Forum
- Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation
‘We provide free 15-20 minute podcast lessons, as well as affordable premium learning materials to help make learning easier’.
- SBS Podcasts : Persian-Farsi
‘Podcasts of news stories, sports, entertainment’, more.
- 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 many topics in 300+ episodes now available. Not teaching, but using, the language. Visit the website or view the feed.