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Persian for Beginners

A Textbook for Teaching Adults and Young People

Availability: Out of stock
Published: 1985
Page #: vii + 101
Size: 11 x 9
ISBN: 0-939214-26-1
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Quick Overview

This volume and the three accompanying cassettes are designed for learning the Persian language with the help of a native speaker or a teacher, without resorting to cumbersome grammatical rules. While the basic grammatical patterns of the Persian language are covered in the book, there is no formal discussion of grammar. Early lessons are based upon repetition, substitution, and pattern practice drills.
The tapes are designed so that the student can learn Persian in much the same way as one learns a native tongue?by hearing and imitating. Native-born speakers were used to record these cassette tapes. These tapes are intended to complement the text, Persian for Beginners which was published in 1985.

F. Givehchian

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M. R. Ghanoonparvar

M.R. Ghanoonparvar is Professor Emeritus of Persian and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Ghanoonparvar has also taught at the University of Isfahan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Arizona, and was a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Michigan. He has published widely on Persian literature and culture in both English and Persian and is the author of Prophets of Doom: Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran (1984), In a Persian Mirror: Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction (1993), Translating the Garden (2001), Reading Chubak (2005), and Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional and Modern Foods (2006). His translations include Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s By the Pen, Sadeq Chubak’s The Patient Stone, Simin Daneshvar’s Savushun, Ahmad Kasravi’s On Islam and Shi’ism, Sadeq Hedayat’s The Myth of Creation, The Neighbor Says: Letters of Nima Yushij and the Philosophy of Modern Persian Poetry, Davud Ghaffarzadegan’s Fortune Told in Blood, Mohammad Reza Bayrami’s The Tales of Sabalan and Eagles of Hill 60, and Bahram Beyza’i’s Memoirs of the Actor in a Supporting Role. His edited volumes include Iranian Drama: An Anthology, In Transition: Essays on Culture and Identity in Middle Eastern Societies, Gholamhoseyn Sa’edi’s Othello in Wonderland and Mirror-Polishing Storytellers, and Moniru Ravanipur’s Satan Stones and Kanizu. He was the recipient of the 2008 Lois Roth Prize for Literary Translation. His most recent books are Iranian Film and Persian Fiction and Dining at the Safavid Court. His forthcoming book is Literary Diseases in Persian Literature, and his forthcoming translations include Shahrokh Meskub’s In the Alley of the Friend, Hushang Golshiri’s Book of Jinn, and Hamid Shokat’s Flight into Darkness: A Political Biography of Shapour Bakhtiar and Caught in the Crossfire: A Political Biography of Qvamossaltaneh.

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