Online Resources

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IAM’s Long Course and Short Course Materials

On September 25, 2016, the International Assistance Mission took the decision to release as much of its language-learning material as possible under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. You can view that materials that have been made available so far in this shared Dropbox folder.

Grammar

Online LCP Resources

  • Language Learner Profile — An online inventory to help you learn about yourself as a language learner. You can read the associated blog post.
  • ACTFL Self-Assessment — Evaluate your progress as a language learner with this online tool.
  • LCP News Collection — A collection of news stories (and one topical non-news-story…) to give you exposure to more difficult reading, and a wide range of new vocabulary. Topics include politics, pop culture, security, and world affairs. The meaning of every word appears when you place your mouse over it.

Presentations about Language Learning

These are narrated slide presentations about language learning. There are references to IAM-specific practices, but the information should be applicable to most learners.

Learning activities

These are how-to guides for learning from various Dari media.

Learning techniques

Reading and writing

Software

Each of these requires about 65 MB of space on a Windows computer, or about 30 MB of space on an Apple computer. Once you’ve run the installation, you can delete the installer files.

Flash cards

There are plenty of freely available Anki flashcard decks at this web site (Anki is described here).  If you have Anki installed, you can just download the these files and double-click on them; the deck will appear in Anki automatically. Do not be put off by the terns “Persian” and “Farsi”—the differences between Iranian Farsi and Afghan Dari are not great, especially with more abstract vocabulary.

  • Vocabulary from “An Introduction to Persian, 3rd ed.” by Wheeler M. Thackston (1911 cards) — pronunciation is indicated by a custom phonetic script (not IPA and not Glassman), which you can probably figure out; this is a good deck to start with
  • Routledge Introductory Persian Course (3465 cards) — pronunciation is only indicated by the vowel diacritics, so you need to be able to read Dari to use these; this is not an original LOP work, but is a revision of a deck of flash cards that was previously available online
  • Persian Farsi Flashcards (4602 cards) — pronunciation is only indicated by the vowel diacritics, so you need to be able to read Dari to use these; this is not an original LOP work, but is a revision of a deck of flash cards that was previously available online
  • Persian Months of the Year Flashcards (12 cards) — you can go years without learning these if you don’t make a point of it! You’re presented with the Dari script word and IPA transcription, and on the back side you have the approximate first day of the month, its season, and its zodiac symbol
  • Flashcards for the LCP News Collection (1273 cards) — These cover all the words from the LCP News Collection resource, minus the less relevant proper names. (Revised December 10, 2016.)

Miscellaneous