Persian Writing – Useful Drills 2

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As you know, practice makes perfect! Every week, along with each lesson, you are given some words to practice. I know that, as a beginner, you will find it difficult to read the entire words by yourself. Therefore, you are not asked to either read or write these words at this stage. Please do not try to pronounce these words on your own or you will remain in an insolvable confusion for good. All you have to do is identify the letters you have already studied. So, first go to the This week and study the new lesson carefully. Then click on the Useful drills button to get connected to this page. On this page you will find some words that seem quite stranger to you at the first glance. Nevertheless, you must at least be able to recognize the letters you have just studied on This week. And this is all I want you to do.

NOTE: as you see in the following words, there are no symbols (signs) on or under the letters. We, as beginners, use these symbols during our lessons to learn the correct pronunciation of the words. Later, after you got enough familiarity with the words and the way they are pronounced you would find it redundant to use these symbols with letters, except for some ambiguous words that are not used very often. I have eliminated these symbols on purpose to let you see the real Persian words that take no symbols with them.

Notes: 1- it is recommended that you visit Let’s Write page first before doing these exercises. It will certainly help you a lot with detecting the letters.

2- please pronounce the letters that we have already studied. For those letters that we haven’t studied yet, just find the long vowels but don’t pronounce them.

3- as you see, the majority of the long vowels are the combination of two letters. Here, all you need to do is find a letter combined with or or or , and that stands alone.

Examples:

<= pronounced as /ba:/ in barter.

<= pronounced as /bi:/ in beat.

<= + pronounced as /i:/ in eat.

Note: Although the letter or (the small form of the same letter) can be potentially pronounced as long /i:/ at the time of combining with long vowels, they must come after a letter to accept long /i:/. Otherwise, when alone, is pronounced as /ye/, not /i:/. Here, the small letter lets us pronounce as long /i:/, not /ye/. You may also see the combination of , which pronounced as /bi:/.

<= pronounced as /bu:/ in boot

Questions:

In the following words, how many. do you detect?

1. long vowel /a:/?
2. long vowel /i:/?
3. long vowel /u:/?

Please try to answer the questions first. Then, if you want to be sure, find the correct answers at the bottom of the following words.

The answers:
1. 21 – Please note that the letter at the start of the last word in the 4th line ( ), and the one at the start of the second word in the last line ( ) do not pronounce /a:/. They help us pronounce which is next to /alef/, as long /i:/ , not /a:/.

2. 12 – If comes before , it is pronounced as /ya:/. Like this word:

3. 3

Pictorial answer:

123

Lesson 2

Comments

  1. Your lessons are amazing! I decided to start learning as a surprise for my boyfriend (he’s from Iran), Im only on lesson two and already I feel like I’m learning loads!!! Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to do the next few lessons!!!

    • Hello.i live in iran.i study dentistery in my country.i can help you learning farsi.
      thanks

      • Layla Hamraz says:

        Hi I would love to learn farsi if u know of some good programs please email me I’m hair Persian my dad was born in Iran and I would love to learn how to speake to them thank you so much

      • Hi Alborz,

        Just start to learn, it will be nice to have some help sometime.

        Best Regards

        Lau

  2. Thank you. Finally I’ve found a good page for learning Persian. I was a little bit desperate because there haven’t methods for learn in Spanish. At least I’ve found this in english. . Is very interesting and I feel that I’m learning a lot. Thank you once more

  3. Hassan H. says:

    Thanks everyone; I am happy that you are happy!!
    Best,
    Hassan

    • Christina says:

      Thank you so much Hassan. I am very glad to get your great kind support!
      It’s a pleasure to learn with your LESSONS!
      Best
      Christina

  4. I get interested to learn more farci language. Because in my school where I am studying now,sometimes I have irani classmates and i hear them talking in their language that I cannot understand.

  5. I get interested to learn more farci language. Because in my school where I am studying now,sometimes I have irani classmates.

  6. Mr: Hassan H. i have a question that really clinging on my mind. why most of the irani study dentistry?

  7. hi from Turkey i started learning Farsi 1 month ago thanks to you i improved my knowledge about this language,because I am Turkish it is not difficult to learn Farsi ; alfhabet is the one in Quran and a lot of words is same in two languages (Turkish and Farsi) example : çapraz – çap u rast,tesadüf,tenha,gayıp,zelzele,terk,agha, and the thousands one…. I think it will be easy thanx to our mutual words :) Good days in Ramadan :))
    From İstanbul/Turkey

    • SAMED:ben iranda yaşiyorum I live in iran email me to learn persian:bahare_samsami@yahoo.com i am in facebook too.search bahare samsami & send me friend request

  8. Waqar Ul Malik says:

    very good job hassan,keep it up,i m also learning….

  9. In the example above,

    “<= + pronounced as /i:/ in eat."

    you combined the letter /alef/, and the letter /ye/ correct?

    why doesn't this make a sound "ay" as in eye?

    Thank you

    • someone just told me that when you want that /i:/ sound in the beginning of a word, you must add /alef/ otherwise it yields the other sound of yeh.

      Did I miss this is a previous lesson? can you expand on this rule.

      Thanks!

    • never mind! I got ahead of myself. I see the explanation.

  10. Greeting from Vietnam
    I’m find this website very useful! I really want to learn Farsi but I haven’t known anything yet!
    Does anybody give me a hand ???

  11. I don’t usually post on websites anywhere, but I HAVE to let you know, this is a FANTASTIC site and curriculum you have set up.

    I’m secretly learning Farsi for my best friend. Hopefully I can surprise him by his birthday :)

  12. Hello, thank you for your lessons. :)

    On your answer – isn’t the third letter from the left in the line a small long vowel /i:/ ?
    It is not marked with pink color, but looks to me like that letter – has the 2 dots underneath.

  13. Thank you very much for your lessons.It is very similar to Urdu. after seeing your lessons I came to know that I can learn Farsi easily because util now how much you share is also resent in Urdu. Thanks.

  14. I’m from Poland and met really nice Iranian guy. I hope I will learn fast, I wanna surprise him. I’m pretty sure that your website will help me. So thank you, man :)

    • Hi everyone, I am from California and I have been with my boyfriend almost a year and he is Persian and I really love him & want to learn farci. It’s very difficult for me, but I really want to learn. If anyone can communicate with me, and help me how to best use this site to learn. I would really appreciate it. I want to surprise him one day. He taught me numbers 1-10 :)
      Thank you.

  15. Susan Spencer says:

    I just found this site today. It is great. I tried some other materials — a book and DVD checked out from the library — but was soon discouraged. This site will help me learn and keep me motivated. I will be taking a short trip to Iran soon and can’t wait to try out a few words and phrases. Thank you so much, Hassan, for creating this site.

  16. Danny Valencia says:

    Hey Mr. Hassan, I’m a Colombian teen living in the US and I’ve recently become interested in Farsi. It’s very beautiful and poetic. Your course has helped me a lot to organize my learning. I have a question for you however. You mentioned that the letter for the long /i:/ sound when alone is pronounced /ye/. But in the script writing you put up there are two of those symbols that are by themselves which you highlighted in the pictorial answers as long /i:/ sounds. Shouldn’t they be /ye/ sounds? Leaving only ten letters for the long /i:/ sound.
    I would appreciate if anyone could help me out with this.

  17. Hey Mr. Hassan,

    I’ve recently discovered Persian poetry, and immediately fell in love. I’m trying to learn the language so that I can experience it in its original beauty, and your website is proving to be an invaluable resource. Thank you so much for your effort!

  18. Hello friends I’m starting a study group via skype. I’m currently an Iranian American student who can fluently speak english as well as farsi, and used to be able to read/write in farsi as I went to kindergarten through second grade in Tehran. I’m working on learning how to read and write again, and mastering my farsi. If anyone would like to join my study group and work together to learn Farsi faster, please shoot me an email. Together we can learn faster than by ourselves. Good luck!

    Rezazandirz@gmail.com

  19. Hello Hassan. I love your lessons, they are very helpful. I just started to learn Persian, but I can already see a little progress. And, yes, I agree, it is a beautiful language! Thank you very much for your hard work!

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