Proceeding with Persian!

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I wasn't expecting to begin a new language until maybe mid-June, as I have a backlog of products to review, but suddenly I just couldn't take it anymore! I needed to try out another language.</p>
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The short list included Persian, Swedish, and Swahili. Persian won. In recent months I have been doing a lot of Arabic practice on <a href="http://memrise.com">Memrise</a>, and I wanted to take advantage of my knowledge of the Arabic alphabet while it is fresh in my mind. So I picked Persian and began four days ago, on May 1.</p>
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<img alt="The First Materials to Arrive" src="/assets/images/uploads/Two_Persian_Books.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 672px;" /></p>
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The First Materials to Arrive</p>
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I already had Pimsleur for Persian, and materials have begun arriving to me via Barnes &amp; Noble and Amazon. So far I have the two shown here and have starting reading the one on the left, which is <em>Basic Persian: A Grammar and Workbook</em>. The authors are Saeed Yousef and Hayedeh Torabi, and the publisher is Routledge.</p>
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So far I like it, but if I didn't have my knowledge of Arabic (such as it is), I would be overwhelmed. Generally this Routledge series is ideal for people who already know something about (1) language in general and (2) the language in particular that a given book is covering. The series just isn't all that basic.</p>
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As you can see from the picture, the materials on the right, which are from Living Language and include both a book and CDs, allude to Farsi, not Persian. Farsi and Persian are the same thing. Not long ago on a Facebook language page I saw an animated--no, heated--discussion about the correct terminology for the language.</p>
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I won't go into the details now, but I am going to go with Persian.</p>
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Unfortunately, the Living Language book component is designed for people with bionic eyes. I personally do not have bionic eyes, and the font for both the English&nbsp;<em>and </em>the&nbsp;Persian in the book is too small for me. I may not be able to tolerate it.</p>
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My third Persian product acquired to date--Pimsleur--is called "Pimsleur Farsi Persian," so they get <em>both</em> terms in there. Meaning I officially have a product for Persian, a product for Farsi, and a product for Farsi Persian.</p>
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To my great dismay, Pimsleur has only 30 lessons for this language.</p>
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Therefore, from the outset, I ordered more additional products than I usually would have. Persian has been expensive!</p>
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I ordered Assimil. I ordered a book about Persian in French. I also ordered a book about Persian in German. Oh, wait! As I am typing these sentences, I have just received an email announcing that I have something in the mailroom. Please stand by while I go see what it is.</p>
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<img alt="The Routledge Introductory Persian Course" src="/assets/images/uploads/Routledge_Introductory_Persian_Course.JPG" style="width: 900px; height: 672px;" /></p>
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The Routledge Introductory Persian Course</p>
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Okay, I am back. And I am sad. It is a book I had forgotten I ordered:&nbsp;<em>The Routledge Introductory Persian Course</em>.</p>
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I should have read the description more carefully before buying it, because at first glance, it doesn't look like my kind of book. More like a book for a college class, kind of textbooky. I will try to keep an open mind, but I am skeptical.&nbsp;</p>
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As usual when I explore a new language, Pimsleur is an important starting point to help me get a basic sense of how the language operates. I have so far gone through lesson 4 for Persian, but I think I will have to go back to the second lesson. The sounds are not too hard, but the word order is a challenge for my brain's wiring, as Persian clauses are subject-object-verb rather than what for me is a much more comfortable subject-verb-object structure.</p>
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I am extremely excited to be beginning this language. I have been curious about Persian for years, ever since I was at UCLA studying comparative literature!</p>

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