Farsi (Persian)

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Farsi, aka modern Persian, is spoken by as many as 134 million speakers mostly in Iran. Farsi is in the same Indo-European language family as English, so some words have a common origin and still sound it. Unlike English, Farsi is written with a different script. Don't let that bother you. Mango will get you speaking right away, and if you want to learn how to read and write Farsi, check out the content available through Pronunciator.

Mango describes these possible uses for your Farsi skills:

Haggle for crafts at the Bazaar of Tehran, explore Iran from the Azadi Tower, or visit the jeweled city of Isfahan. Wander through Naqsh-e Jahan and see the Palace of Ali Qapu, then visit the Mosque of the Shaykh Lotfollah and marvel at one of the most stunning architectural feats of the Islamic world. Travel back to the Persian Empire at Persepolis and roam the magnificent ruins of the ancient palace. Wind down with a refreshing glass of doogh and use your language skills to delve into the poetry of Sohrab Sepehri or catch a play at the Tehran City Theater.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about directions you can learn from Chapter 4: Where is the Restaurant. Please note below that the example phrases are transliterated with Latin alphabet characters.

  • Excuse me. behBAHKsheed
  • I got lost. man gom shoDAHM
  • Where is the restaurant? restoorAHN koJAHST
  • It's very far. KHEYlee door ast
  • Where is it on the map? ROOHye NAKsheh koAHST
  • Straight ahead and then to the right. mostaKEEM joLO va ba'id SAHMte rahst
  • Thanks, you did me a favor. MERsee lotf karDEED

    Farsi (Persian) is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

    Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.