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Teach Yourself Modern Persian Complete Course Package [With Book] (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses) Audio CD – 7 Jul 2004

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; Bilingual edition (7 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007141908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071419086
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,879,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been using this book for the last six months and have found it to be the best of its genre. I found the topics highly relevent and interesting since they deal with natural/realistic conversation, such as 'likes and dislikes' and 'going for dinner'. It doesn't concentrate on 'traveller's Farsi' (e.g. airport/hotel/greetings} like most of the other books available. Another plus is that having a CD is much more covenient than trawling through a tape. My only criticism would be that it tends to rush through the writing section too quickly for most independent learners, with regard to connecting the letters together. If you are on a Farsi course or have Iranian relatives they could help you but otherwise you might have to refer to another source to help you with writing. Nevertheless, in my opinion, this is definitely the best book available for learning Farsi/Persian.
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Excellent book, CD's helped me a lot with words I would have other-wise found impossible to pronounce. Would not recommend for complete beginners though as it focuses a lot on Persian scrip reading and writing which is quite difficult to pick up. Apart from that would highly recommend.
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I have certainly learnt a lot with this book but there are some things about it which left me quite dissappointed. First of all there are many words which you can't be sure how to read because nowhere in the book can you find the vowel signs to read them (not even in the dictionary in the end). Also, it makes no sense to ask the student to form sentences using the present perfect when this tense has not been introduced yet (examples of exercises demanding vocabulary or grammar which is not introduced until some lessons afterwards are numerous). Because of this and some other things I realised that the best way to learn with this book is actually skipping anything you don't understand (no matter how bitter the feeling you may get from this), go through the whole book and then start again from lesson 1. Many things will be much clearer.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa45ec9fc) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42d31ec) out of 5 stars Yes, it comes with a book 19 July 2005
By Eric D. Howerton - Published on Amazon.com
Despite AMAZON encouraging you to purchase this item with the "Teach Yourselff Modern Persian/Farsi" book under the BETTER TOGETHER subhead, the audiopack does in fact come with the book as well! If you purchase the audiopack you do not need the book.

My girlfriend is Persian and has noted that some of the numbers and letters in the Persian script are not quite accurate. I believe the letter for D is not slanted enough to distinguish it from other letters.
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa447c1f8) out of 5 stars not bad but too speedy 26 Dec. 2004
By Nana - Published on Amazon.com
It started as a good book letting the lerner take his time especially for beginners . Then it was too fast and there was alot of vocabulary. You will get lost somewhere in the middle and will jump to long articles with not enough explanation. The audio CD is good in teaching pronunciation but it was not enough and did not include all topics. Some chapters were not included at all inthe audio CD
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa447cd74) out of 5 stars A Good Resource 6 Sept. 2005
By Nikolas Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a good start for those who are serious about learning Farsi. The introduction to the language's script is very good, as well as the pronunciation guide and the examples on the CDs. My only qualm is the speediness of the course. A dictionary is recommended with this book because some words used in the dialogues are not in the index. It is definitely better than the older edition of this book by John Mace.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42d3588) out of 5 stars Try Colloquial Persian or Introduction to Persian for a better course 31 Aug. 2007
By Gwilym - Published on Amazon.com
The books in the Teach Yourself series are very uneven in quality. I just surfed through the amazing Teach Yourself Afrikaans, an excellen language course. This one, sadly, is far from good. Believe it or not, Persian is one of the easiest languages you'll come across, the grammar is exceptionally easy. For that reason, the lack of indepth grammar in this course is no big problem. A far bigger problem is the very weak pronunciation section. Persian is an easy language to pronounce once you learn the rules, but you won't with this course. The worst problem is the vocabulary, you'll learn very few words. Having read and reviewed hundreds of language courses at a professional level, I've encountered very few with such a limited vocabulary. So, almost no help with the pronunciation, not much grammar and a far too limited vocabulary. What do you really learn with this course. Not much, hence the low rating. There are many courses that are better, such as Colloquial Persian, An Introduction to Persian or Modern Persian. Any of those three books will teach you far more than this one.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42d3714) out of 5 stars Decent, but could be a lot better 21 July 2006
By James - Published on Amazon.com
For the price, it's a good deal if you get the CDs. But like all TY books, it goes very quickly, especially the second half. And it really focuses on grammar. There is surprisingly little about Iran or Persian culture, there is no color anywhere (and uninteresting layout in general), the images used are terrible (couldn't they afford actual pictures?), and there are mistakes in every chapter, although they're generally pretty small and easy to see. On the other hand, there isn't exactly much competition.

Vocabulary is also an issue - sometimes they give you tons of vocab to help with the readings and exercises, other times barely any. And short vowel markings are inconsistent, which is a little confusing for the beginner.

Overall, it's an okay book, but could be a lot better.
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