Farsi Friday Week 26: Halfway to Persian fluency? (نیمه راه به تسلط به فارسی؟)

The video above was filmed on the 1st of July this year; six months to the day after I made a New Year’s Resolution to become fluent in Farsi in a year. این فیلم اول ژوئیه ساخته شد، دقیقاً شش ماه بعد از اینکه قول دادم در مدت یک سال فارسی…

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Why My Blog’s Been Quiet Recently (Photographic Evidence Provided)

As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader, my goal for 2013 is to become fluent in Farsi (Persian) by the end of the year. A big part of this attempt, I previously wrote, would be done by totally immersing myself in the language on trips to Iran, a country…

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Farsi Friday Week 9: Overcoming childhood fears

I leave for Iran next week. This is frightening. I am afraid. Last summer I spent an enjoyable afternoon wandering around London’s South Bank, stopping random passers-by and asking politely if they wouldn’t mind sharing their impression of Iran with my video camera. I was shooting some vox pops for…

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Farsi Friday Week 6: Trashy TV Shows & Other Learning Aids

You might have noticed that Week 4 and 5 of my series on learning Persian did not appear. You might also have noticed that this corresponded with my first big book launch. Unsurprisingly, there is a connection here!

Farsi Friday Week 3: Free language resources that work, and the theory of learning

I know, I know, it’s a Sunday. On Friday I was at the London Bike Show, where I did my first ever public talk about my travels (a first tiny step towards curing my phobia of public speaking). And because the UK’s train drivers treat a flurry of snow as…

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