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Intermediate Persian


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Introduction Unit 1: Indirect speech Unit 2: 'Self': emphatic, reflexive and possessive. Usages of khod. Objective pronouns Unit 3: Definite and indefinite, singular and plural. Review and expansion. Vocative case Unit 4: Persian equivalents of English modal verbs. More on subjunctive Unit 5: More on conditionals. If, unless; otherwise, as if Unit 6: Causative form. Optative mood. Past participle as verb. Deleting a similar verb. Regulars on the march Unit 7: Impersonal forms Unit 8: Position of verbs in the sentence. Verbs of state. Putting on and taking off clothes. To want, to be able to, to knowUnit 9: More on compound verbs. Ways to avoid passive Unit 10: Nouns, adjectives from verbs. Some prefixes and suffixes Unit 11: Exclamative form. More on adjectives/adverbs. Comparison of adjectives. Ezafe Unit 12: Correlative conjunctions. More on subordinate clauses. A review of ta Unit 13: How to use digar, hanuz, ham, faghat/tanha Unit 14: Remember/forget, arrange, change. Difference, meaning/'to mean' Appendix I: Language of politeness and courtesy Appendix II: Colloquial Persian/ Tehrani Appendix III: Literary, poetical, archaic Appendix IV: Good, bad and ugly Persian. Common mistakes Key to Exercises. Glossary (includes all Persian simple verbs)

About the Author

Saeed Yousef is Senior Lecturer of Persian at the University of Chicago, USA. He is also a poet and has published books of literary criticism and translations. Hayedeh Torabi was a Lecturer of Persian at the University of Chicago, USA. She is a published writer, essayist and translator.


"As with English, there's a lot more to Persian than meets the eye, or ear. It needs an all-round practitioner to teach the subtleties of this apparently easy but eloquently idiomatic and multidimensional tongue. Saeed Yousef fits the bill: an experienced teacher, a connoisseur of his own and several other languages, and a poet. His book is an essential vade mecum for all who have decided to make Persian their own." John Perry, Professor of Persian (Emeritus), The University of Chicago, USA

"Intermediate Persian: A Grammar and Workbook is an excellent complement to the core texbook in the classroom. Its structure is methodical, the units are easy to navigate, and the explanations are refreshingly low on jargon. The appendices (in particular the appendix that deals with the language of politeness, and the one on the Tehrani colloquial) are a great addition to an already comprehensive grammar." - Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Stanford University, USA

"Yousef and Torabi represent the Iranian Studies of Chicago University and for year have dealt with the didactics of Persian. The reference book Intermediate Persian is comprised of the long-standing expert knowledge of both Linguists. It belongs to a specialised series of Routledge's Grammar Workbooks. The work is divided into fourteen topical parts and as well is comprised of four appendices plus an exercise key and a Persian-English Glossary... The reference book contributes not only to the consolidation of grammatical knowledge of Persian learners, but also serves the enhancement of active vocabulary. The book closes with an English index of facilitated grammatical expressions and this aids a targeted search when using the reference book." Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, de Gruyter, 2017, Band 112.

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