- Series: Spoken World
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- Publisher: Living Language; Com/Pap Bl edition (November 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400023475
- ISBN-13: 978-1400023479
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Farsi (Spoken World) Com/Pap Bl Edition
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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.Read more ›
Honestly, you will not be able to find a better book than this one in terms of overall quality of production. The audio component of the book is well worth the cost of the entire package, since finding quality, transcribed Farsi conversations is almost impossible.
With that said, it is a sad compliment to pay. The book is littered with errors. The Tehrani pronunciation of "-un" for "-an" is frequent and irregularly scattered throughout the book with no explanation- often in parentheses beside the formal Dari pronunciation. The colloquial, spoken versions of verbs are incorrectly listed in the tables.
In addition, this book is impossible for beginners to understand. The first conversation is a complete conversation in fluent Farsi, instead of the usual "hello, how are you" we expect in language courses. It jumps right in, using compound verbs, the plural "ishun" form for 3rd person singular, multiple verb tenses, and turns of phrase which are not explained in the vocabulary- all in the first lesson! HA! It's laughable.
I recommend John Mace's classic introduction to Modern Persian as the real "course book" with which one learns Farsi. Get an old copy from the 1980s and work through some of the grammar.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like it. I want to learn languages and this product is very useful.Published 17 months ago by L. Flaum
Very well thought and well written book. I am almost done going through it. Every lesson gives 50-70 new words, new grammar, and also some interesting facts about Iran. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Victor Turchin
Has grammatical error, and misspellings in farsi. but it is a great resource.Published on August 28, 2014 by Xansari
Excellent resource. Very complete. I really love the fact that there are two sets of CDs, one which you use with the written material, the other you use with just the audio to... Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by Jennifer Louise Davis
If you have serious interest in learning zabaane faarsi, then I would recommend this book to you. Do not be turned off by undedicated reviewers' complaints that the book is too... Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Monolingulythic
I cannot vouch for another (text) book but there are better Farsi courses online! Free! (or you can donate). Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by L. S. Evensen
The book follows the tried and true Living Language format, which which I studied Italian, Spanish, French and Hindi. Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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. Read more