- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 2, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0700713271
- ISBN-13: 978-0700713271
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,037,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Persian: A Course-Book 1st Edition
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About the Author
Simin Abrahams taught Persian at Edinburgh University from 1995-8 before embarking on a career at the Home Office. She currently works at the Office of Scottish Information Commissioner. Her research interests include Safavid history and historiography and the history of immigration in 16th and 17th centuries Iran.
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I find two disadvantages with the text. First, there are no answer keys. Obviously, answer keys are essential for checking comprehension of individual lessons. Second, as observed by another reviewer, there isn't an English-Persian glossary appended to the back of the text. Not to despair: picking up a resource like Yavar Deghani's Learner's Dictionary is a possible solution to this shortcoming. For those who are complete beginners, unfamiliar with Persian or Arabic script, without benefit of a teacher, however, working through Part I of Mace's Teach Yourself Persian (pp. 3-39) would be recommended preparation before starting Simin Abraham's text.
Now, if you already have experience in Persian through a transliteration-heavy textbook, Simin Abrahams' book can be very helpful in becoming accustomed to Persian in the Arabic script. I myself used this textbook to get a taste of Iranian Persian after studying Tajik Persian, and with that background behind me the book was entirely accessible and useful. It was fun to go through the exercises here, which often involve a great deal of writing in Arabic script, and the subjunctive is taught with sufficient examples. There is supposedly a CD for this textbook as well, but I've never come across it.
So, if you already have some Persian behind you, you might give Abrahams' book a try. For total beginners in Persian who intend on learning autodidactically, however, there is probably some better start. (I learnt Tajik from a couple of Russian-language textbooks and Baizoyev & Hayward's BEGINNER'S TAJIKI.)