Persian Language and Culture

An introduction to Persian language and culture for any student wishing to learn the basics of Persian language and to become familiar with Persian culture, traditions and lifestyle with no prior knowledge of Persian required. Persian, one of the great lingua francas of world history, was once spoken from Siberia to Southeast Asia and it has more than 110 millions speakers today. Students will develop some language skills and will become familiar with the key themes in Persian culture. This course is recommended for people wishing to learn Persian as well as for those who wish to undertake further courses of Persian language.


  • Online


  • Kamran Talattof. Persian Not Farsi -
  • Sofia A. Koutlaki. Among The Iranians: A Guide To Iran’s Culture And Customs. Intercultural Press, 2010.
  • William O. Beeman. Language, Status, and Power in Iran Advances in Semiotics. Indiana University Press, 1986.
  • Anousha Shasavari, Blake Atwood. Persian of Iran Today: An Introductory Course (Volume 1). The University of Texas at Austin Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2015.



  • Greeting
  • Alphabet
  • Introducing oneself
  • Getting to know others
  • Formal vs informal
  • Identifying other Languages and Nationalities
  • Naming countries
  • Jobs
  • Formal and Informal greetings
  • Give/Ask for personal information
  • Times of day
  • Days of the week
  • Numbers
  • Persia vs Iran
  • Persian vs Farsi
  • The Iranian New Year (Noruz)


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Speak clearly and be understood in basic Persian
  2. Talk about themselves and exchange basic with others
  3. Distinguish the difference between Persian and Farsi as well as Iran and Persia
  4. Demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of Persian language and culture

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