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Phonetic Persian [Phonetic Farsi] The best ways to learn using Phonetics (depending on your learning style)

Mona Kiani

Depending on your learning style and your previous exposure to the Persian alphabet and sounds. There are four methods you can utilise to learn Persian using phonetics. 
  1. Focus on mastering the Persian script: Persian is written in a modified version of the Arabic script, which can take some time to learn. However, by mastering the script, you will have a better understanding of how the different sounds are represented and how they relate to one another. This can help you to develop a more intuitive sense of Persian phonetics. You can use our two-page Persian alphabet chart as a quick reference guide.

  2. Practice listening and speaking: One of the most effective ways to learn the nuances of Persian pronunciation is to practice listening and speaking as much as possible. Try to find a language exchange partner or a tutor who can provide feedback on your pronunciation and help you to improve. You can also use resources like podcasts, videos, and songs to practice your listening skills and get a feel for the rhythm and intonation of the language. All of our books are no available as iBooks to help perfect your pronunciation.
  3. Study phonetic rules and patterns: Persian has a number of phonetic rules and patterns that can help you to better understand how different sounds are pronounced. For example, certain letters may change their pronunciation depending on their position in a word or the sounds that come before or after them. By studying these patterns, you can develop a deeper understanding of Persian phonetics and improve your pronunciation. You can find a copy of our coveted Persian Alphabet User Guide/Letter guide in all of our Persian Books Bundles or in our Persian Alphabet Workbook designed with phonetic learning in mind for simultaneous acquisition learning. 
  4. Use phonetic transcription tools: There are a number of phonetic transcription tools available online that can help you to visualize and practice Persian phonetics. These tools allow you to see the pronunciation of individual words and phrases. We have refined our coveted Transliteration guide optimising the Congress of the Orientalists (Persian Alphabet User guide). Some sites use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) or other phonetic systems- but we have found them to be rather complex and not directly able to assist with learning the Persian Language. Using this system you are able to break down each word using a systemic system to enable you to learn the correct pronunciation and breakdown of the word (including short vowel sounds) which are usually omitted in Persian literature.The Persian word for Pomegranate is Anár. Breaking down each phonetic letter sound it leads you to understand each letter sound and its corresponding shape (as Persian letters change shape depending on their position).
A =  اَ  
N = ن
Á = ا
R = ر
    By using these various tools alongside your English Language background you can develop a more comprehensive understanding of Persian phonetics and how each Persian letter corresponds with a latin letter/sound. This helps consolidate learning and make learning a second language more palatable. You can learn about Sequential and Simultaneous Learning here. 
    Let us know if you found these references and resources useful. We would love to hear how you are going on your Persian Learning Journey. 

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