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Farsi (Spoken World) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

ISBN-13: 978-1400023479 ISBN-10: 1400023475 Edition: Com/Pap Bl

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Product Details

  • Series: Spoken World
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Living Language; Com/Pap Bl edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400023475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400023479
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you have serious interest in learning zabaane faarsi, then I would recommend this book to you.
Monolingulythic
For my level it is just perfect, clear and full of useful vocabulary and dialogues, as well as other explanations about grammar and culture.
Elish
My main complaint that the chapters contain too much content; namely several grammatical concepts and several vocabulary lists.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Thesaurus on March 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
My reaction has been quite opposite that of the other reviewer. While this is not the only Persian textbook you'll ever need, it is just right for someone new to the language. I find that this course covers a lot of material and is clearly written, engaging, and well paced. Previous to this course I was using Thackston's "An Introduction to Persian," and I completed over half of his course before finally giving up in favor of Living Language's.

While Thackston was intelligible and comprehensive, the book's bare-bones, disconnected presentation leaves much to be desired. You'll learn grammatical concepts and little else. There is no dialog, no cultural or contextual information, only a handful of rote exercises, and a fairly useless set of vocabulary. There is almost no chance to practice or review what you've learned. Complicated constructions are consigned to explanations of a few terse and highly technical sentences. His explanations are more akin to those of a reference grammar than an introductory course. After assiduously working through the bulk of the book, I found myself more suited to parse verbs than to read or speak any Persian. I would probably recommend his book for those interested in reading Persian for academic reasons, or possibly as a follow-up to an actual introductory course like this one.

Living Language's course was a pleasant contrast. Suddenly, I was 1) given interesting dialog; 2) introduced to useful and relevant vocabulary; 3) taught the key grammatical concepts in a clear and logical manner; 4) given many opportunities to practice what I've learned in a variety of contexts; 5) provided with a variety of cultural highlights and insights.

The grammar explanations are excellent, albeit too quickly paced at times.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elish on April 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was pleasantly surprised to find how well-done this set is. For my level it is just perfect, clear and full of useful vocabulary and dialogues, as well as other explanations about grammar and culture. I have a great deal of language learning experience and this is far better than your average teach-yourself book. I highly recommend it to anyone who intends to self-study. If it doesn't work for you, you need to attend a good class with a good teacher instead, and those unfortunately are not easy to find...
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gary J. Barlettano on December 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have reviewed and studied at least half a dozen Farsi textbooks. Had I not had this experience, I might have put this textbook down after one or two lessons in frustration. Introduction and practice in reading the Farsi (Arabic) alphabet are inadequate. No indication on how to write it is given which one needs to do using this textbook. The explanations regarding colloquial usage versus formal usage are weak at best and the "rules" sometimes applied incorrectly. Writing in the colloquial style serves only to confuse the beginner. The description of the verb in Lesson 4 turns a system which is simple and elegant into something confusing and convoluted. That really needs to be reworked in a more traditional and clearer vein because it doesn't work and will send the student down the wrong path. The introduction of vocabulary in the Key Phrases which isn't used and then the use of vocabulary in the dialogues which isn't introduced is just wrong. I've only gotten through the first four lessons, but felt I needed to say something now. My advice: Look and at Mace for clarity, accuracy, and succintness and Bashiri for an Iranian view of the grammar and try again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By perekladach on March 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the best course extant for a student who actually wants to learn to speak Persian. The differences between the spoken and written languages are explained very clearly, grammar is presented in a very sensible order, and the book rarely gets ahead of itself by using forms before introducing and explaining them. The dialogues aren't too interesting, but their level of sophistication builds as the course goes along. The CD set is really good too- Persian pronunciation isn't hard, but these CDs give the most practice of any (non-Pimsleur) course that's out there. The book itself is very portable, so you can take it with you on the subway- and very self-contained, so that you don't have to schlep a dictionary along with it. Would that the same could be said of other Persian books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meerkat on August 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Hello,

I am normally a lousy reviewer but yet again I spent a lot of time on the net trying to find tips and methods to learn Farsi and ... it was far from a success. But it really changed when I received the Living Language Method so I thought I might as well spare you the hectic google research by telling you right now: this method is probably just what you need !

First, it is perfect for beginners: it is extremely clear, doesn't use fancy transcription codes and everything is explained as if you were just talking to a friendly and patient professor.

Second, I think it can even be used by non-real beginners, since it doesn't treat you (as other methods do...) as a retarded or a 2 years old: you don't get bored because you have been going in circles for 12 lessons, and you do not stay at ''My Name is'' one you cross page 100! What I like is that while it is simple, it still gives you a lot, and you will always go back on previous lessons thinking ''Oh right, I forgot this little thing!"

Now the format: I really appreciate the 2 sets of CDs. One set (A) will go through the basics and will led you from A to Z of each lesson. But in addition set (B) leads you further: you will have to take part in conversations, answer questions, in a word do exercises on this lesson you just learned.

The only ''grey note'' would be the writing: the method doesn't focus on the alphabet so you tend to get lazy and chose to follow only the roman transcription. If you have basics of written farsi or arabic that shouldn't be a problem. If you don't, just do this: I was so convinced by the Living Language Farsi method that I bought the Arabic one: ''Complete Arabic: The Basics'' that actually includes a Guide to Arabic Script.
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