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Colloquial Persian: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series) [Paperback]

Leila Moshiri

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17 Nov 1988 Colloquial Series
This text is specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use. The course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Persian. No prior knowledge of the language is required. The book is interactive - providing lots of dialogues and exercises for regular practice. It includes concise grammar notes; a vocabulary and pronunciation guide; and an answer key and special reference section.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Better books are available. 31 July 2000
By Lee - Published on
The "Colloquial" series is very uneven in quality, and this is one of its poorer examples. It suffers the deficiencies of most Persian grammars available in English: too little of everything. Too little grammar, too little vocabulary, too few exercises, too little recorded on the cassette.
For good Persian learning materials see "Introduction to Persian" by Wheeler Thackston, "Persian Grammar" by Ann Lambton, and "Spoken Persian" by Serge Obolensky.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is really just a phrase book 22 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio Cassette
This is one of the only affordable cassette-book sets for learning Persian, so in that sense, it is worth buying. However, a lot of the taped portion is just what you might find in a phrase book. There aren't any dialogues in the book and the spoken passages sound extremely stilted. It is not of the same quality as the more recently produced books in the "Colloquial Series".
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what the honest truth? dont get it if your a newbie to Farsi 29 Nov 2004
By Khanoom Doa - Published on
Stay away from this book if you are brand spanking new to studying Farsi language. its not worth it.

pick a standard farsi book

the reasons are this...

Imagine if you were new to the English language and you came upon a book that taught you "colloquile southern American English" and lets say instead of it covering the proper, standard Engish used by educated people all over the world (for the most part)it taught you "ya'll" for you all or "sayz wha?" for what did you say? something like this.


Farsi is split into Standard Farsi based on written, proper farsi and more everyday colloquile Farsi which people speak *in almost every situation* well, I am a half-native speaker and I can honestly say if you dont have a very good grasp of standard Farsi then this book will confuse you.

numerous sounds change in spoken farsi.

i.e. proper is Tehran, dialectal is just imagine only learning Tehroon and coming across the word Tehran. you will be probably quite confused. also Farsi speakers tend to jumble up words, skip need to have a firm hand on proper farsi...such as verbs so you can then actually USE what you will be able to look at this book and be like..oh yeah thats why that vowel changes or ohh yeah that makes sense...

Also, each area of Iran has its own dialect and prounciations so whats in that book is "tehrooni dialect"...if you go to another area people will understand you but its confusing.

hence...unless you just want a quick easy phrase book stay away from this book!

its seriously best to use a standard farsi textbook, learn the PROPER basics and THEN when your good enough move on to will save yourself quite alot of headaches!!!

sorry if this is wordy, i just wanted it to be helpful.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for enhancement of learning 19 Jan 2001
By jeannie - Published on
I have several books on persian. This book is great for helping someone put together words and everyday conversation. It would not be great as a first book but it is wonderful for someone with a little background of study who wants to learn to converse or just understand. I recommend this book highly as a supplement to study
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is this book Kheili Bouhali or Khaylie Buhahlie? 19 July 2001
By David Goodman - Published on
Its hard to teach a language without a big fat text book, however Leila Moshiri does a great job in such little space. If only there was a kink or two made to make some obviouse questions answered, this is as good as a 'pocket sized' book on any language could get. Unfortunately the persian script is not used, which is not nessasarily needed but highly useful if traveling Iran. The main problem realtes to how inconsistant english transliteration can be. It needs to be pointed out that certain sounds in Farsi are concidered the same in England. Some sound in Farsi simply don't exist in english. Farsi is a comparably easy language to learn, best done with a good kick start, which Moshiri does fairly well. The dictionary in the back came to be very useful, though sometimes frustrating. Three Stars
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