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Farsi (Persian) for Beginners

Perfect for self-studiers or students, this Farsi language education book takes a user-friendly and clear approach. Farsi is the language of Persia (present-day Iran) the mellifluous mother tongue of famed 13th-century poet Rumi, whose works are still among the best-selling poems in America today. Farsi for Beginners is a complete language course by experienced teacher Dr. Saeid Atoofi which can help you to speak the language and understand this beautiful work of art in its original, as well as open doors to Persian culture. Whether for pleasure, travel or business, language learners will find these lessons clear and easy to follow. By the end of this course, you'll be able to understand short sentences, express your basic needs, and read and write the 32-letter Farsi alphabet. Farsi for Beginners contains the following essential features:
  • Native-speaker audio recordings help you to pronounce Farsi accurately.
  • Dialogues and stories about a family traveling to contemporary Iran.
  • Idioms, sayings and poems introducing you to the cultures in which Farsi is used.
  • Extensive exercises with answer keys to guide your learning process.
  • Photos and insider cultural tips teach you about Persian culture.
Nearly one million Iranian-Americans live in the U.S. today, and a part of Los Angeles is referred to as "Tehrangeles." Farsi is also considered a "critically needed" language by the U.S. government. Learning Persian with Farsi for Beginners and its accompanying audio disc, can open opportunities for travel, for work, or simply to meet new people and understand their lives in a totally new way."
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About the Author

Saeid Atoofi, Ph.D. has taught and worked in many laboratories, studying all the scientific processes-from psychology to neuroscience-that make our language learning possible. His interest in applied linguistics focuses especially on how our brains, in childhood and adulthood, deal with the task of going from language learning to language acquisition. A native of Iran, he has taught at the Center for World Languages (CWL) and in the Dept. of Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and currently works in the Department of Linguistics in Santiago at the University of Chile.


"Farsi for Beginners is a solid language learning course book with dialogues included together with the audio and learners are directed through the various units and encouraged to do exercises in order to make them familiar with basic conversational skills in Farsi. [...] All in all, it is truly worth keeping a copy of Farsi for Beginners in your bookshelf!" -Mehr News Agency

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