Persian (Farsi)

An Indo-European language and a member of the Iranian group of languages, spoken by approximately 57 million speakers mainly in Iran, where it is the official language, as well as in Afghanistan and Pakistan and some Gulf countries (Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates) and through sizeable émigré communities in many other countries of the world, primarily in the USA. The closest linguistic affiliation is with Tajik.

The language was first attested from the Old Persian cuneiform inscriptions dating from 6th century BC, originated in a province in southwest Iran that was once the centre of the Persian Empire -- Parsa or Fars, hence the contemporary Persian name of the language: Farsi. Middle Persian, also known as Pahlavi, is known chiefly through its use in Persian's pre-Islamic Zoroastrian religious writings. The Early Modern period of the language (9th-13th centuries), also known as Classical Persian, is preserved in the literary tradition represented by poets such as Rudaki, Firdowsi, and Khayyam. During this period, Persian was adopted as the lingua franca of the eastern Islamic nations.

Today the language is spoken in two main mutually intelligible varieties: Western Persian, or Farsi, mainly spoken in Iran, and Eastern Persian, or Dari, spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The formal standard language is based on the dialect of Teheran. It is written in a form of the Arabic script called Perso-Arabic.


CLASSIFICATION = Indo-European family, SCRIPT = Perso-Arabic

Courses

Basic
Beginner's Persian PER CBEG 1(PACK)
Colloquial Persian : the complete course for beginners PER CBEG 4(PACK)
Complete Persian (Modern Persian/Farsi) PER CBEG 2(PACK)
Farsi : a complete course for beginners PER CBEG 7(PACK)
Learning Persian : the essential Persian language coursebook PER CBEG 10
Mastering conversational Farsi : Farsi (Persian) for beginners PER CBEG 9(PACK)
Modern Persian : a course book PER CBEG 6(PACK)
Modern Persian : spoken and written. Vol. 1 PER CBEG 8; PER CBEG 8(CD)
Modern Persian [Teach yourself] PER CBEG 3(PACK)
Persian in use : an elementary texbook of language and culture PER CBEG 11
The Routledge introductory Persian course PER CBEG 5
Intermediate
Modern Persian : spoken and written. Vol. 2 PER CINT 2; PER CINT 2(CD)
The Routledge intermediate Persian course : Farsi Shirin Ast, book two PER CINT 1
Advanced
What the Persian media says: a coursebook PER CADV 1

Dictionaries

A comprehensive Persian-English dictionary PER DICO 2
Dictionary English-Persian, Persian-English PER DICO 3
Persian-English English-Persian learner's dictionary : A dictionary for English speakers studying Persian (Farsi/Dari) PER DICO 1
Pooya English-Persian dictionary : two volumes in one PER DICO 5
A thematic dictionary of modern Persian PER DICO 4

Documentaries

Flying Misters PER DOCU 2(DVD)
The genius of Omar Khayyam PER DOCU 3(DVD)
On the road with Kiarostami PER DOCU 1(DVD)
Taxi Tehran PER DOCU 5(DVD)*
This is not a film PER DOCU 4(DVD)*

Films

20 Angosht (20 fingers) PER FILM 13(DVD)
About Elly PER FILM 2(DVD)*
At five in the afternoon PER FILM 23(DVD)*
Badkonake sefid (The white balloon) PER FILM 5(DVD)
Children of heaven PER FILM 4(DVD)*
Daan (Don) PER FILM 14(DVD)
Daav (The Cow) PER FILM 12(DVD)
Dayereh (The circle) PER FILM 11(DVD)*
Fireworks wednesday PER FILM 22(DVD)*
Gabbeh PER FILM 9(DVD)
Nun va Goldoon (A moment of innocence) PER FILM 10(DVD)
Offside PER FILM 20(DVD)*
The red wind (Bade sorkh) PER FILM 17(DVD)*
The salesman PER FILM 25(DVD)*
Secret ballot PER FILM 21(DVD)*
A separation PER FILM 1(DVD)*
Sib (The apple) PER FILM 15(DVD)
Stardust stricken - Moshen Makhmalbaf : a portrait PER FILM 8(DVD)
Still life (Tabiate bijan) PER FILM 18(DVD)
Ten PER FILM 19(DVD)*
Under the shadow PER FILM 24(DVD)*
Where is my friend's house? (Kanje, ye doust kojast?) PER FILM 16(DVD)
Women without men PER FILM 3(DVD)*
Zendegi edame zeyton (And life goes on) PER FILM 7(DVD)
Zire darakhatan zeyton (Through the olive trees) PER FILM 6(DVD)

Grammar

Grammar of Modern Persian PER GRAM 2
An Introduction to Persian -- Rev. 3rd ed. PER GRAM 4
Modern Persian : a complete course for beginners PER GRAM 1
Persian grammar : with key PER GRAM 3

Reading

Classical Reading
Absorbing Persian PER CLASSIC 1
Reading - Fiction
The little black fish PER RFICT 1
Reading - Poetry
Robaiyat Khayam PER RPOEM 1
Reading Skills
Learn to read Persian PER RSKILLS 2
Persian first grade reader -- Revised second edition PER RSKILLS 1(PACK)
Reading Nastaʻliq : Persian and Urdu hands from 1500 to the present PER RSKILLS 3

Specific Purposes

Media
Media Persian PER MEDIA 1(PACK)
Medicine
English-Persian dictionary of Body Idioms PER MED 1

Vocabulary

1001 Persian-English Proverbs : Learning language and culture through commonly used sayings PER VOCAB 1

Writing

How to write in Persian : A workbook for learning the Persian alphabet PER WSKILLS 1