An English-Persian Dictionary

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Cultural Writing. Reference. Middle-Eastern Studies. This is the third edition of Darius Gilani's popular English-Persian (Farsi) dictionary. It includes approximately 22,000 entries and provides the Persian equivalent of an English word, rather than using a descriptive definition. The pronunciation of the Persian rather than the English is emphasized, and the more commonly preferred American usage is cited instead of the British usage that Persian dictionaries have historically used. Gilani is a native of Iran,...
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Cultural Writing. Reference. Middle-Eastern Studies. This is the third edition of Darius Gilani's popular English-Persian (Farsi) dictionary. It includes approximately 22,000 entries and provides the Persian equivalent of an English word, rather than using a descriptive definition. The pronunciation of the Persian rather than the English is emphasized, and the more commonly preferred American usage is cited instead of the British usage that Persian dictionaries have historically used. Gilani is a native of Iran, spending most of his life in the United States studying and teaching languages. He received his BA in 1976 from San Jose State University and completed his MA in linguistics at the same university in 1978. He taught Persian at San Jose State and Stanford universities for fifteen years.
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Gilani's (Persian, Stanford U.) dictionary differs from others by not being published in Iran for Persian speakers, and therefore emphasizes pronouncing the Persian rather than the English words. He includes words that are of Arabic, Turkish, and other origins as well as those originally part of the language Iranians call Farsi, because his goal is to introduce English speakers to the language and eventually the culture, rather than to purge foreign influences. The dictionary is one-way, only English to Persian, and includes transliteration in Latin letters as well as the Persian spelling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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In An English-Persian Dictionary, native Iranian Dariush Gilani draws upon his many years of experience in the United States studying and teaching languages to assembly the finest and most "user friendly" Persian/English dictionary currently available for students, tourists, the business traveler, and the scholar. The result of a three year effort, An English-Persian Dictionary is enhanced with a cogent presentation on "Reading The Dictionary", "The Persian Alphabet", and a "Key To Pronunciation". An English-Persian Dictionary is confidently recommended for personal, academic, governmental, and corporate language reference resource collections. REVIEW%> THE PETS/WILDLIFE SHELF
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  • ISBN-13: 9780936347950
  • Publisher: Ibex Pub
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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Dariush B. Gilani, a native of Iran, has spent most of his life in the United States studying and teaching languages. He has a MA in linguistics. He taught Persian at Stanford and San Jose State universities for fifteen years. He spent three years compiling this dictionary.
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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Falls Short

    The concept is excellent, but it falls far short of the mark. This is not a dictionary; rather, it is a poorly differentiated word list. Even though the lexical category of a word may be indicated, no effort is made to differentiate between meanings, e.g. there are 11 entries for the single word "pass." To be sure, we know which is a noun and which is a verb, but we have absolutely no clue as to which "pass" is meant. Which is the way through the mountains? Which is the ticket for the movies? And, since there is no Persian-English volume, there is no chance to cross-reference the words. Basically, I use this list to check my spelling and that's about it. I would recommend it to no one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    Not adequate for study

    This dictionary does not give sufficient information.When I try to find elementary expressions such as 'three years ago',I feel disappointed.In the dictionary there is no word 'ago'.The dictionary lacks words and expressions which are indispensable for study and daily life.

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