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Colloquial Persian (Colloquial Series) [Paperback]

Abdi Rafiee
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Book Description

26 Nov 2010 Colloquial Series

Colloquial Persian is easy to use and completely up-to-date!

Specially written by an experienced teacher 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.

What makes this new edition of Colloquial Persian your best choice in personal language learning?

  • Interactive – lots of exercises for regular practice.
  • Clear – concise grammar notes.
  • Practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide.
  • Complete – including answer key and reference section.

Whether you’re a business traveller, or about to take up a daring challenge in adventure tourism; you may be studying to teach or even looking forward to a holiday – if you’d like to get up and running with Persian, this rewarding course will take you from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of everyday situations.

Accompanying audio material is available to purchase separately on CDs or in MP3 format, or comes included in the great value Colloquial Persian paperback and CDs complete course. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material complements the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (26 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415554098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415554091
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Abdi Rafiee has been teaching Persian to non-Iranians since 1969.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best available introduction to the language 30 May 2011
By Stuart
Format:Paperback
I have already studied for a year with the first edition of this book and found it really accessable and comprehensive. The updated versian has several more chapters, more information on the grammar and now has translations of all the dialogues. The audio CD is greatly enlarged too. I have looked at most of the Persian language books and courses available, and this one is the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very user-friendly, structured well. 1 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
I've only completed the first 5 units, so perhaps it's a bit early to write a complete review of this textbook, but as there are no other reviews I thought I'd try and give some sort of consumerist opinion.

Firstly, it's surprising how simple and straightforward Persian is; grammatically, it's far, far easier to deal with than Arabic (I've been studying Modern Standard Arabic full-time for almost 2 years now) or Russian (I got a top grade at Russian A-level).

Before the actual units begin, there is a section dedicated to learning the Perso-Arabic script, which looks like it would work effectively for the student, although I didn't pay much attention to it as I'm already familiar with the Arabic alphabet (the Perso-Arabic script is identical to the Arabic one, except there are 4 additional letters in Persian).

Each unit is short. There are two very accessible dialogues in each unit, and an additional comprehension exercise, with corresponding exhaustive vocabulary lists. If you buy the CDs (which I highly recommend), these 3 main bodies of text are accompanied with the recordings. The recordings are clear, and there are additional exercises to help consolidate your speaking and listening skills.

Grammar is introduced incrementally, and is presented in a lucid, logical way, with exercises to secure grammatical understanding and fluidity.

So far so good. The course contains a vocabulary of around 2000 words, so by the end of it, I imagine one will have a sturdy grounding in Persian. I'll update my review as I progress.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to Persian 9 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a native English speaker learning Persian for the last three years, I can say this is by far the best guide to learning Persian. I have been able to complete almost half the book using the audio CD, and I am extremely please for the value and quality of the context.

A few distinctions I like about this book which are not included in others include: a blend of colloquial with literary Persian; a great progression of content from basic to intermediate; all content is something used in our daily lives and conversations; and finally this book covers a lot of material.

Overall, I could not recommend this book more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Persian: CD ONLY 22 April 2013
By Caz
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
**Slightly confusingly, the CD and the book are sold separately, so please not that this is the CD only!**

In tandem with the book, this is the perfect starter-for-10 with regards to colloquial Persian. It explains the basic grammar, as well as descriptions of the differences between formal and colloquial persian, and when both are used together, this is the 5* package deal.
HOWEVER.
The CD is not intended as a standalone audio guide, and out of context the soundtracks are fairly useless. As you have to use the book at the same time, it is only useful as a companian at home, this is NOT an "on-the-go" learning tool. Which is unfortunate, as i travel on the tube in London where there is scarcely enough room to breath during rush hour, let alone read a book!

I would recommend this to At Home learners, where the book can be used as a guide. It is clear, the accents are good, it is easy to understand and the audio is of high enough quality to distinguish the foreign sounds from each other. I would equally recommend thinking about how you would use this tool, as I don't believe it is ideal for the learner-on-the-go.
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