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Farsi [فارسی]

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.

Courses/Tutorials

Language Courses

Free

Tutorials

  • New ! Virtual Persian
    ‘Designed to provide students with a simple tutorial for learning Persian’.

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Language Tools

Alphabets

Videos

Dictionaries

Software

Apps

  • New ! Farsi Trip
    Apple, Free, In-app purchases. ‘The perfect tool for toddlers and older children to learn vocabulary in Farsi’.
  • New ! Fastdic
    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] Dictionary
    Apple, Free. ‘Free Persian [Farsi] Dictionary for iPhone and iPod Touch. English to Farsi and Farsi to English translations’.
  • New ! 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+.

Free Software

Other Sites

  • 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 New ! 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.

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Language Usage

Grammar

Vocabulary

Other Sites

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Other Information

Other Sites

  • Behnevis
    ‘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’.
  • New ! 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.
  • New ! 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

Podcasts

  • New ! 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’.
  • New ! 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’.
  • Updated ! 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.

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