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September 18, 2014 | Persian
Learning Persian

Yep, I’m an Idiot

In which my technological oblivion kicks me in the ass.

Tonight after months of frustration at the lack of sound in Persian courses on Memrise, I went to the Memrise Madness group on Facebook and expressed my disappointment over my soundless learning experience. George Muresan, a dedicated language learner and…

September 12, 2014 | Persian

Persian Planning

I haven't been blogging, but I have definitely been studying.

A couple of days ago while walking through Central Park with my Pimsleur lessons, I was informed in Dari lesson 24, second level, that buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan. “It’s somewhat similar to polo, but is played with…

July 30, 2014 | Persian

Doing Dari

I couldn't resist the 60 Pimsleur lessons available for Dari.

Persian has multiple dialects. I have been focusing on the one from Iran, often referred to as Farsi here in the U.S., but there are only 30 Pimsleur lessons for it.  For Dari, the Persian dialect spoken in Afghanistan…

July 27, 2014 | Persian

A New Language-Exchange Partner

ConversationExchange.com finally produced a native Persian speaker for me in New York!

One of my problems as a language learner is that I really like reading books about language and at times have trouble making myself go out in the world. I am reading some eight different books about Persian right now.…

July 3, 2014 | Persian

Five-Year Anniversary!

I began this project just over five years ago. It was supposed to last less than a year.

Yesterday my husband, Brandt, and I got on our building’s elevator with a neighbor who was carrying a small rectangular bag over her shoulder. Much Love to Brandt, Who Has Never Once Complained About My Taking Pimsleur Lessons to…

June 29, 2014 | Persian

More Persian Books!

I am simultaneously studying a book for kids and a book for grownups.

Now that the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin is over, I am full swing back into Persian. Besides redoing the Pimsleur Persian lessons (I had to; my head is a sieve), I am reading an oldie but goodie from 1953: Ann Lambton’…

June 22, 2014 | Persian

2014 Polyglot Gathering in Berlin: A Brief Memoir

Looking back to reflect on the happenings of...a few days ago.

I am in Germany, in Berlin, and I can’t get out! My plane back to New York had a technical problem. “Technical problem,” in my experience, can mean many things, many of those many things not actually technical at…

June 3, 2014 | Persian

Now an Official Big Apple Greeter!

I am going to greet visitors to New York City, preferably ones who do not speak any English.

Today I went to my orientation session to be a Big Apple Greeter. As a Big Apple Greeter, my (volunteer) job will be to greet visitors to New York City and show them how a New Yorker lives. For example,…

June 2, 2014 | Persian

Balancing Act

I'm trying to figure out how to study Persian while reviewing other languages.

I’m going to Germany in less than two weeks for Polyglot Gathering Berlin 2014. While there, I would like my German not to be totally lame. I have not been using it, and it is rusty. Everything is constantly rusting,…

May 24, 2014 | Persian

I Love Assimil for Persian!

Now studying Persian via German, French, and English.

A few days ago I began Assimil’s Le Persan, and it is going great. What a carefully put together book. It has wit, it has scrupulous editing, it has excellent pacing. My Persian Book from Assimil; CDs…