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Farsi (Persian) (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) [Paperback]

Yavar Dehghani
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1 April 2001 Lonely Planet Phrasebook
Includes an extensive food section, transliterations throughout for easy pronunciation, a concise grammar section geared toward immediate and practical use, insider tips on culture and social etiquette, and a comprehensive two-way dictionary.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; Bilingual edition (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864425813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864425812
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 9.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National Geographic Traveler, September 2006
'Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for almost any country you might want to visit...'

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book must surely count as essential for all people travelling to Iran who don't speak Farsi.
But also, it can be a good supplementary text for those learning Farsi outside of Iran (as I was). This is because that for a price-tag of under five pounds (or less second-hand), you can get a little book crammed full of useful and interesting phrases complete with transliteration.
When you consider that other books about Farsi may set you back between twenty and forty pounds, this book is a bargain. And if you are learning Farsi- or starting to learn it- you will realise that many similar books are reprints of dated texts or lacking transliteration for beginners, or have some other flaw. The main flaw I can find is that the Farsi text is printed a bit too small in my opinion.
Whilst not a textbook, this book is definitely a useful resource for modern and relevant phrases in Farsi.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet Farsi (Persian) Phrasebook 24 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a handy little pocket-sized phrasebook, which contains a wealth of simple phrases, as well as grammar notes and vocabulary. The book also includes some useful cultural notes. This book has proved to be excellent, as a quick reference, and it's a bargain at less than a fiver!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This phrasebook is a most useful book for anyone wanting to travel in Iran, or for any student of Persian (Farsi is the language's Persian name).

The scripts are done quite well. Each English phrase has two Persian equivalents, a colloquial Persian in Latin ('English') script and a formal written Persian in Arabic script. For example, "Do you speak English?" has the colloquial "[shomâ] ingilisi balad-in" in English script and the formal written "[shomâ] ingilisi balad-id" in Arabic script. The colloquial form is the one to learn, unless you want to write something. But the Iranian or Afghan you show the Persian phrase to will see the formal written language he or she expects to see. Just be aware that if you ask someone to read out the Persian script, it'll probably be slightly different to the Latin script (only slightly - the colloquial isn't Persian slang).

Both of the phrases are always in the polite form (shomâ) rather than in the intimate (to) form. Iranans are a courteous people and the polite forms are always best except with good friends or family.

There's lots of information on how to behave, on body language, a little grammar at the beginning and a mini English-Persian/Persian-English dictionary at the end. The only section it doesn't have is the usual Lonley Planet 'Dating' section, which is probably just as well ("it isn't considered acceptable to date an Iranian" as it warns you under the "Arranging to Meet" section).

If you're travelling further East, and need to use the Tajik dialect of Persian, try Central Asia: Languages of the Silk Road (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Condensed, comprehensive guide to Persian 1 May 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is aimed primarily at those planning a visit to Iran but I have used it to study the language structurally and have found it to be very comprehensive in its coverage of grammar. The transliteration system is rational and clear, and it has a decent (but obviously rudimentary, given the space)two way dictionary at the back. Persian is a fascinating language that is related to English and other Indo-European languages but also with elements of Arabic. I found this book very useful and informative not to mention portable and cheap!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Heather Negahdar VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
What a good move I made by purchasing this book FROM Amazon!!!
I will be traveling out to the Middle East this year and have been trying to catch up with my Persian language, better known as Farsi. I have been receiving some tutoring, which was very well received, but this book has put me right on to where I want to be.
You will find this Persian phrasebook suitable for travelers with all those important questions you will need to ask at the airport, in the market when purchasing items, finding your way around, almost anything for that matter. I highly recommend this book to those traveling to the East and please keep it on you for easy reference. It is such a handy book and can fit right into the smallest pocket book or jeans pocket. Well done!!!
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 25-06-08)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small, cheap and very good! 10 July 2006
Format:Paperback
I didn't think I would be getting much with this book when I saw the price tag but I was very pleasantly surprised. The pronunciation and grammar sections are a welcome change from some 'phrasebooks'. The verb tables are also very useful in covering some of the most important verbs. The book is very well structured and easily navigable. And on top of all that, it is tiny and could easily fit into a handbag of backpocket, etc. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone learning Farsi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very handy book 25 Mar 2014
By Rado
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this rather small book proved to be a very good help
while travelling in Iran. The Iranians I showed it to,
liked it as well.
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