I’ve been thinking about how, despite how much I like the Assimil Persian lessons so far, I don’t think I want to rely on it solely to teach me Persian this month. It’s not just that I can’t imagine a lot of situations where I’ll say or be told that the boy likes the hot bread, or the father went to the bazaar. It’s also that a diversity of sources makes learning more interesting, and that, well, exploration is kind of the whole point, isn’t it?
I thought a pre-built Anki deck might be a good way to get a head start on some simple sentences and/or vocab, but I didn’t see anything that looked great on Ankiweb. Making my own cards using Google Image Search and Forvo is still probably better anyway. Though since I’ve been memorizing vocabulary for both German and Korean, maybe with Persian I should try just focusing on lessons and dialogues and not doing any memorization to see how that compares.
I Googled “learn Persian” and found this helpful post on Benny the Irish Polyglot’s site. My favorite part is the resources section at the bottom, where there’s a link to a podcast called Chai and Conversation. Each episode is about 15 minutes long, and introduces colloquial conversation at a relaxed pace. Not bad!
I also tried Mango Languages, conveniently available through Seattle Public Library’s website.
The first lesson introduces the formal way to say some common greetings, and quizzes you about each word along the way. I wonder if the content gets more interesting as the lessons progress.