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Persian Grammar: For Reference and Revision Paperback – 8 Aug 2002
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"Those interested in learning Farsi will find the book 'Persian Grammar' by John Mace a key resource in their learning activities. It offers support to student both in the early and intermediate stages… The author offers detailed explanations and many examples, all shown both in Persian script and in Roman transliteration, to help students to learn this language. Those who master this language will have the reward of enjoy the pleasure of reading the wonderful poetry of Hafiz, Rumi, Omar Khayyam, Attar and Sa’adi, among others, in their original language." -- Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain (International Journal of Asian Business and Information Management, April-June 2011)
About the Author
John Mace studied at Oxford University. He has worked as a British Council lecturer in Iran, in the Diplomatic Service, as a personnel officer in the Middle East, and as a European Commission Delegate. He has written Persian, Arabic and German language manuals, and a verse translation of Russian poetry.
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I bought this along with Teach Yourself Modern Persian Complete Course Package [With Book] (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses) and Persian-English English-Persian Learner's Dictionary. There is some overlap but overall I think the books complement each other.
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One must still have some type of basic familiarity with certain pronunciations in Persian/Farsi before attempting to fully appreciate this book's value, although it is not absolutely necessary for a seasoned linguist. Mace includes BOTH colloquial speech applications, as well as formal and historical applications and/or origins of words. He discusses some of these at length to better clarify modern usage.
Each chapter is broken down into grammatical reference, with further references to other chapters that help clarify use and meaning. It is broken down through the use of 12 chapters, plus additional Appendices 1-4 for further clarification.
Here is the breakdown in order, by chapter:
(Covers both conventional and exceptional applications in most chapters throughout the book, within each chapter; note that some translations are direct transliterations, not perfectly translated into English, but these give the reader better understanding of HOW the language is structured, i.e. syntax)
3) Nouns and Adjectives
4) Pronouns (subject, direct object, etc.)
5) Verbs (EXTENSIVE tense explanations and examples, including exceptional verb stems)
6) Prepositions (extensive explanations of the "ezafeh" 6.3)
8) Syntax (varied applications)
9) Numbers (including cardinal, ordinal, mathematical and time related)
10) Arabic forms (short chapter but contains invaluable Arabic references; one of the few around other than Lambtons, which is more extensive than Mace's Arabic references)
11) Wordbuilding (also contains historical references)
12) Polite forms (cultural applications and explanations)
1) Irregular present stem
4) Definite direct-object suffix
Index: Contains many cross-reference entries between chapters
Mace's "Persian Grammar" is an invaluable Persian grammar reference book for the serious academic student.