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Persian-english English-persian Learner's Dictionary: A Dictionary for English Speakers Studying Persian (Farsi/dari [Paperback]

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Pages   318
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Ibex Publishers
ISBN  1588140342  
EAN  9781588140340  

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The increasing popularity of the study of Persian (also known as Farsi, Tajiki or Dari) in the English speaking world, has created a need for a bi-directional Persian-English dictionary geared towards English speakers who are learning Persian.The features of the Persian-English / English-Persian Learner's Dictionary which make it unique are: BI-DIRECTIONAL: This is the first and only Persian-English/English-Persian dictionary in one volume which features both Persian and transliteration.ALPHABET: The alphabet used in Persian is completely different from the English. This can be a major barrier in the early stages of learning the language. This dictionary provides a simple transliteration of the Persian word along with its equivalent in the Persian alphabet.ALPHABETICAL ORDER: In this dictionary, the alphabetical order in the Persian-English section is based on the English spelling. This makes it easy for the user who is not familiar with the Persian alphabet to find a word.CORRECT USE OF WORDS: This dictionary gives synonyms in various contexts allowing the student to easily choose the correct meaning.ENTRIES: Approximately 18,000 entries covering both day-to-day and more specialized vocabulary. The Audience for this dictionary is: English speaking students of Persian.English speakers who are seeking to communicate with Persian speakers.Children of Iranians, Afghans and Tajiks outside their homeland who wish to learn their mother language.Persian speakers who wish to learn English.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Yavar Dehghani, who has taught Persian for over twenty years, is the director of the Persian Department at the ADF School of Languages in Australia. Through his broad experience he realized that there was a growing need for a simple Persian-English dictionary directed towards English speakers who are learning Persian.

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Persian-english English-persian Learner's Dictionary: A Dictionary for English Speakers Studying Persian (Farsi/dari  Aug 27, 2008
I was very disappointed with the dictionary. I wanted a learner's dictionary. This is a dictionary. It doesn't show you how to pronounce the words and it doesn't give you the words in a sentence as an example.
It's cheap at least...  May 10, 2008
If you are seriously interested in learning Persian, this dictionary will help you for the first couple weeks, then irritate you endlessly. As an avid linguist, I have to say it is abysmally deficient for genuine study. It is more akin to a "lexicon" than a true "dictionary" in that it provides a list of words and their counterparts in the foreign language. I recommend going to Ketab dot com, where you can find a fantastic collection of dictionaries. Sure, they're a bit more expensive, and they're not bi-directional, but they're SO much more worth the cost.

1. There are no usage examples, and no clarification when multiple entries appear.

2. The dependence on transliteration is also surprisingly more cumbersome than you would imagine. The Persian alphabet really only takes about a week, maybe two, to get to a point where you can lose the training wheels, and, at that point, having to function in transliteration is a pain. Especially with the fact that if you see a word in a newspaper or whatnot, it won't have it's vowels (except, of course, Alif, Vav and He), so you have to just fumble unless you know how to read it.

3. Strange entries... wanna' know how to say "f*ck"? It's there... "Metapsychosis"? Also there... so is "the day Mohammed was declared the prophet" (admittedly helpful culturally speaking), but it's only a few pages away from "maf'ul" which means "object, passive homosexual"... while I appreciate the author trying to provide a breadth of vocabulary, he could've used some of his energy providing an entry for a word like "Ra" (subject or D.O. marker)

Overall, I can't give this dictionary more than a single star... like I said, it's cheap, which is great, and for the money, it's pretty good, but, overall you'd do better going to Ketab dot com, or just getting the Lonely Planet Phrasebook. Which is AMAZING.
Very helpful  Feb 22, 2008
How I would have loved to have this volume available when I was learning Farsi as a teenager in Tehran in the 1970's (before the shah fell, when Americans were abundant there). This dictionary has a lot of useful vocabulary. As other reviewers have pointed out, there are some unfortunate gaps, but overall, this dictionary has most of the words a beginning or intermediate student might want to know. Sometimes one must look in more than one place in the transliterated Persian spelling in order to find the consonants with the correct vowel, but most of the time this is only a minor inconvenience.

Once a student moves on to reading Persian literature, he or she will have to get a larger dictionary such as the Aryanpur Kashani one. But for beginning and intermediate students whose primary focus is conversation and the simple readings in introductory textbooks, this smaller dictionary will prove very helpful.
One of the Best, Could Be Better  Feb 16, 2008
Decent Persian (aka Farsi, Dari) dictionaries are hard to find. Persian words are typically not written with the short vowels, and almost nowhere will you find reference books that tell you how to pronounce these words. This is one of the few dictionaries that show you the full pronunciation. The printing is clean and easy to read. The definitions are concise, and mostly right-on.

Two gripes:

1. The Persian-English side is sorted by the way Persian words are pronounced, not by the way they're written. This is a huge problem, because when I need to look up a word I don't know, I also don't know how it's pronounced. Words that begin with an alef, for example, might start with an "a" sound, an "e" sound or an "o" sound--and I lose a lot of time trying to guess where the word might be listed.

2. The vocabulary provided is good, but not very extensive. You'll find yourself needing many words not in the book.

The best Persian dictionary I've found is the Aryanpur (also available at this site). It's correctly sorted, has a huge number of words, and--most importantly but most often overlooked--tells you what those unwritten short vowels are! But it's also pricy and too heavy to sit comfortably in your lap while you read. If I'm on the go and can't lug around the Aryanpur, this Learner's Dictionary is my second choice.
Very Introductory-Level; Overly Simplistic  Nov 28, 2007
This dictionary was a disapointment for me. It's missing very common phrases such as "in spite of" among many others. More importantly, there are often many translations for each entery but the dictionary doesn't clarify the differences among the translations. I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone beside an absolute beginner. Then, I think it might be suitable (if only for a short while.)

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