The Routledge Introductory Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast / Edition 1

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The Routledge Introductory Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast is an innovative Persian language course designed both for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are new to the language.

Focusing both on grammatical and communicative competence, the course contains 15 lessons combining authentic dialogues and texts with grammar explanations, exercises and audio materials to guide and support the student through the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Key features:

  • lively, content-based materials – the language is taught and practiced through a variety of dialogues and texts on the culture, history, and traditions of Iran
  • complete vocabulary lists – each vocabulary entry contains the English meaning, the part of speech in Persian, as well as a sample sentence in Persian
  • colloquial situational dialogues – students are introduced to spoken Persian from the outset
  • carefully controlled exercises – new grammatical points are practiced in a variety of controlled exercises that bridge between students’ existing information and the new information
  • audio material – students can develop natural pronunciation by imitating the audio recordings of the vocabulary, dialogues, and texts available freely on the companion website
  • glossaries – comprehensive Persian to English and English to Persian glossaries.

The Routledge Introductory Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast provides everything that students and instructors need for an engaging and effective learning environment.

Pouneh Shabani Jadidi is Head of the Persian Language Program and Faculty Lecturer in Persian at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Lecturer in Persian Studies and Iranian Literature at the University of Manchester, UK.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415561006
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/7/2010
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 0.97 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents



Lesson 1 The Persian alphabet 1

Persian alphabet 2

Orthography 5

Spelling hints 6

Persian alphabet with examples 9

What's going on in town? Getting to know someone 12

Lesson 2 Introduce yourself. Where are you from? 15

New vocabulary 16

Dialogue: Accent 20

To be/to have 21

Uses of ezafe 22

What's going on in town? Introducing yourself 24

Lesson 3 Is Iran or Canada larger? 27

New vocabulary 28

Dialogue: The new professor 30

Negation 31

Adjectives (comparative - superlative) 32

Reading: Canada and Iran 33

What's going on in town? Asking for directions 35

Lesson 4 How many provinces does Iran have? 37

New vocabulary 38

Dialogue: Gilan Province 40

Subjective pronouns 41

Objective pronouns 42

Possessive pronouns 43

Reading: Gilan 44

Word order in Persian 45

What's going on in town? At the bank 48

Lesson 5 What do you know about Noruz? 49

New vocabulary 50

Dialogue: Noruz 54

Sentences 55

Narrative sentences 55

Questions - Yes/No and Wh-questions 55

Indirect questions 57

Exclamatory sentences 57

Reading: New Year 58

Numbers 59

Time expressions 61

What's going on in town? At the cinema 63

Lesson 6 What day is the weekend in Iran? 65

New vocabulary 66

Dialogue: Friday 68

Verbs 69

Past tense 69

Present tense 70

The present stem 70

Future verbs 71

Reading: The days of the week 73

What's going on in town? At the grocer's 74

Lesson 7 What is your favourite sport? 75

New vocabulary 76

Dialogue: Football 79

Present subjunctive 79

Past subjunctive 81

Imperative verbs 82

Reading: Sports 83

Months and seasons 83

What's going on in town? Sightseeing 85

Lesson 8 Do you haggle? 87

New vocabulary 88

Dialogue: The mountain 91

Past progressive tense 92

Present perfect tense 93

Past perfect tense 94

Reading: Haggling 95

Verb review 97

What's going on in town? In the summer 98

Lesson 9 What do you believe in? 99

New vocabulary 100

Dialogue: University credits 103

Nouns 103

Orthographic rule 105

Numericals 105

Determiners 106

Demonstrative adjectives 106

Demonstrative pronouns 107

Definite and indefinite markers 108

Reading: Religion 109

What's going on in town? At the restaurant 111

Lesson 10 Are women and men equal? 113

New vocabulary 114

Dialogue: Moving house 117

Prepositions (Time; Place; Means and manner; Instrument; Accompaniment) 118

Reflexive and emphatic pronouns 120

Reading: A traditional way of thinking 121

What's going on in town? In class 122

Lesson 11 Where is Persepolis? 125

New vocabulary 126

Dialogue: Shopping 128

Relative clauses 129

Reading: Tourist sights 130

What's going on in town? At the post office 131

Lesson 12 Is pop music better or traditional music? 133

New vocabulary 134

Dialogue: Favourite singer 136

Adverbial clauses 137

Conditional sentences 138

Possible conditionals (present or future condition) 138

Possible conditionals (past condition) 138

Impossible conditionals 138

Impersonal constructions 139

Reading: Education 140

What's going on in town? At the doctor's surgery 142

Lesson 13 What kind of a university is your university? 145

New vocabulary 146

Dialogue: The police station 148

Passive constructions 148

Reading: Different kinds of university 150

What's going on in town? At the bookstore 151

Lesson 14 Are you single or married? 153

New vocabulary 154

Dialogue: The birthday present 156

Reading: Traditional marriage practices 157

Compounding 157

Derivatives 159

Conjunctions 160

What's going on in town? Travelling 161

Lesson 15 Why do you stand on ceremony? 163

New vocabulary 164

Dialogue: Beeping your car horn 166

Causative verbs 167

Reading: Book Fair 167

A review of verb tenses 168

Past 168

Present 169

Future 170

Subjunctive 170

What's going on in town? Standing on ceremony 171

Persian-English glossary 173

English-Persian glossary 220

Index 263

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