Farsi (Persian) (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) Paperback – 1 Apr 2001
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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.
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.
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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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.
practical phrase book for visit in family , easy to use and gets you out of tricky situations . .Published on 14 April 2013 by MISS I RISSE
I have a farsi book already and thought this would be similar. I do not really want all the definitions mostly how to pronounce the word in English.Published on 28 April 2011 by A. Moscrop
This book is excellent for people who want to learn basic farsi.
I bought this book as my in-laws are from Iran and I thought it would be nice to shock them one day by... Read more
I found this book, although geared towards someone travelling to Iran, has been very useful to me. I bought it so I can learn to speak to my boyfriend's mum, who doesn't speak... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2007 by TRACY WOODWARD