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If you want to learn conversational farsi, like talking to people casually, listen to the podcasts at http://www.chaiandconversation.com/lessons 

They are fun and lively and free. If you want the pdf of the lessons to practice concretely you have to pay though. 

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22 hours ago, Silas said:

Forgive me if this is the wrong forum for such a question

My son and I want to learn Farsi. What online resources, textbooks, training programs should we look at?

This is arguably one of the best resources to learn farsi for free, no hidden fee's attached, and endorsed or supported by the university of SOAS, Cambridge, etc.


There are three levels [from elementary, beginner, intermediate] each level having many subcategories of lessons to learn. Each lesson itself is very well laid out, with Persian script, audio, translation, and transliteration. There is also a glossary of the words used int the conversation, as well as activities, and spoken vs written [where they elaborate on the differences of that word when spoken and when written].

The website seems to offer a surprisingly thorough grounding in the language. Persian grammar is apparently very simple, so maybe combining understanding the grammar with this website would be beneficial. A good website i would say to combine it with would be this one: http://www.easypersian.com/lesson-archive-1/

One of the criticisms of farsi is in the limited use and application of it. But as shia's, it's actually the opposite for us, given how many of our works are in farsi, as well as lectures, speeches, politics, beautiful nasheeds and latmiyahs, i think it's well worth learning this and i may be embarking on this inshAllah.

If we encouraged learning arabic and farsi among shia's of all races, backgrounds and cultures, we would be so staggeringly more unified and powerful as a community and it would break open walls into a plethora of new worlds and invaluable resources.


Examples from the beginner section: 


On the link, you'll also see a vocabulary list of every word used, as well as further resources [this is the same for most of the lessons]



 بابَک:   سَلام. اِسمِ مَن بابَکه. اِسمِ تو چیه؟

مَریَم:    سَلام. اِسمِ مَن مَریَمه.

bābak:      salām. esm-e man bābake. esm-e to chiye?

maryam:  salām. esm-e man maryame.

Babak:       Hello. My name's Babak. What's your name?

Maryam:   Hello. My name's Maryam

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Thank you! This is all terrific--many resources from which to draw

My father speaks Arabic and a little Farsi (even though he is an American), and he has been encouraging me to learn Farsi. I have wanted to learn it while embarking on a formal study of Persian history, Shia Islam, etc. 

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