Learn Farsi!

To learn Farsi is a unique and interesting challenge. This influential and (to Western ears) exotic language is a rich and rewarding experience for those intrepid language learners who have attempted it.

Farsi, also known as Persian, is spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. It is also spoken by Persians in cities around the world. It is an Indo-European language and thus distantly related to European languages and even English. There are few similarities, however.

Farsi uses a form of the Arabic script and has a rich and highly regarded literature. Once used as a lingua franca ranging far beyond its native boundaries, Farsi is still an influential language, exporting much of its vocabulary to neighboring languages.

The real challenge in learning Farsi is finding materials to study with. Some of the biggest publishers of language products are coming on board with new products, owing perhaps to the growing influence of this exciting language.

Internet/Free EasyPersian.com This site has extensive lessons and native speaker audio. There is also some cultural information, music and other resources for learning farsi.

Internet/Free Farsinet.com Contains links to additional resources to learn and use Farsi.

Internet/Free Transparent Language offers a free vocabulary trainer to get started learning Farsi. Get your Free BYKI™ Lite download by Transparent Language

Book/Audio Combo
Teach Yourself Farsi
The longstanding Teach Yourself series has always had a wide variety of languages. Thankfully, there is one for Farsi as well. The coursebook is mainly focused on dialogue and spoken modern Persian. The course comes with two audio cd's and provides a good introduction to modern Farsi. It is inexpensive and is easy to find. It is available in most bookstores or online.

Book/Audio Combo
Living Language Farsi
This is a good alternative to the Teach Yourself course. Living Language is one of my favorite publishers of small, compact but practical language courses. I don't have this yet, but when I am ready to start learning Farsi (it is on my list, but it may be a few years away), I will get it. All of the Living Language courses I have examined are very good and I have read good things about this one as well. It comes with six audio cd's which is great for the price!


This inexpensive downloadable software program to learn Farsi is a great tool to have in your arsenal. Lots of vocabulary and phrases, dialogues, audio from native speakers, games and activities and much more to get you started on your path to learn Farsi. It makes a great supplement to a more comprehensive course.

Audio Only
Pimsleur Farsi Comprehensive I
Pimsleurs Farsi Comprehensive Level 1 is a new addition to the Pimsleur line. Pimsleurs all-audio format is a great introduction to the language, and with it you'll develop a better accent and conversation ability than with any other published language method. It's a great way to begin to learn Farsi. For a more in-depth look at how Pimsleur products work, read my review of Pimsleur products.

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