May 11, 2014 | Persian
Memrise for Persian: A Wee Bit Frustrating
A Persian progress report.
I have previously been addicted to Memrise for Arabic. It was serious: I loved Memrise for Arabic. So far I do not love it for Persian.
Hiking in Central Park: It’s Pimsleur Walking Season!
In case you are unfamiliar with Memrise: it is a marvelous and free resource for language learners in need of more vocabulary.
The thing is, content is user-contributed, as is the case with many language-learning websites these days. User-contributed content is not always good.
Arabic, for whatever reason, has a wealth of great courses complete with audio, but the Persian resources are less impressive. Many of the courses are without audio and have romanization rather than actual Persian writing. If they do have Persian writing, they often lack a built-in keyboard so I can actually type the words!
My ideal would be a Persian course (even better, multiple courses) with audio and a built-in Persian keyboard so that I don’t have to run back and forth to another window, as I am having to do now. I have been using the Persian keyboard on the Lexilogos site, but it is a nuisance to leave Memrise, go to Lexilogos, peck out the Persian word, copy it, run back to Memrise, and paste the word over there.
Persisch für Anfänger, by Asya Asbaghi
You may wonder why I don’t create my own course on Memrise. I could. The thing is, it sounds like a lot of work.
And I like other people to make my courses. That is one tradition in language-learning instruction to which I remain attached.
Speaking of other people’s courses, I have been using my Basic Persian grammar book from Routledge, which is going pretty well, and am also now on lesson 15 of Pimsleur.
Yesterday I was just on lesson 8. Which means this weekend was a pretty big Pimsleur binge. I spent a lot of time walking around Central Park and looked at birds and flowers while learning how to say, “Would you like to have lunch with me?” and “Two teas, please.”
I was excited by the recent arrival of my Persisch book—a Persian language book based in German. The publisher is Buske, the title is Persisch für Anfänger (Persian for Beginners), and the author is Asya Asbaghi.
At first glance, I think it looks pretty good! It will be my first experience studying another language via German.