Beginner to Intermediate (ILR levels 0+ to 2)
- Wikipedia - Persian Language
Introduction and overview in English of the Persian language.
- Persian Writing System
A collection of useful phrases in Persian. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.
- Virtual Farsi-Persian Keyboard
Useful tool that allows one to type in Farsi-Persian using mouse and then do directed searches in Google, Yahoo, YouTube, etc.
- Google Translate
Translate a word, a phrase, or a document from Persian to English or reverse. Far from perfect but getting better all the time. Word level much better than phrase or text.
- Online Conjugator for Persian Verbs
This is a Persian verb conjugation website which includes all past, present, and future conjugations. It allows you to print the conjugations for offline study.
- Persian Grammar
This website includes grammar lessons for every part of speech.
- Encyclopædia Iranica
The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.
- Persian Preschool
Persian Preschool is a Persian/Farsi language immersion program for children ages 18 months-5 years old. This website has many downloadable materials designed for children, but can also be useful in maintaining/enhancing your language skills.
- Easy Persian
Easy Persian website offers online lessons in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Persian or Farsi as spoken in Iran.
- Internet Polyglot
Internet Polyglot is dedicated to helping students learn foreign languages by providing them a way to memorize words and their meanings. Members are able to create and modify lessons and share them with their friends. There are currently 44 different lessons available and various games to promote learning.
- Google Images
If you can’t determine the meaning of a word using one of the online translation services, try using Google Images. A picture is sometimes better than a translation.
- Virtual Persian
This website is designed to provide students with a simple tutorial for learning Persian. Regardless of your purpose, you will be able to find extra assistance to practice your conversation, listening, reading, and grammar skills. For your convenience, materials are divided into five levels of elementary to advanced. You will have free access to Persian-English and English-Persian dictionaries that will direct you in pursuing your objectives.
- Livemocha - Learn Farsi
Livemocha offers several different types of live, virtual classes that give learners an intensive, goal-oriented learning experience with expert teachers.
Intermediate to Advanced (ILR levels 2 to 3 and higher)
- Joint Language University
An extensive NCS-managed language training portal available to USG and military only through account registration. Resources include SCOLA products: news broadcasts, news archives, and the Insta-Classes – a variety of exercise based on broadcasts.
- DLIFLC Language Products
Developed by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) for military linguists, this website has some excellent sustainment materials; note in particular, Persian-Farsi materials in GLOSS which contains over 360 Persian-Farsi reading and listening comprehension exercises; and Weekly Training Events, which has close to 58 Persian-Farsi language lessons. See also Post Basic Delivery System for Persian-Farsi materials - unlike other DLIFLC online products this site requires Registration.
- Persian Online Grammar and Resources
From The University of Texas at Austin. This website is primarily a pedagogical reference grammar , which is organized by main subjects in the left navigation menu. The entire site is also indexed alphabetically . Grammar points are explained in English, supported by examples in English/ phonetic transcription / فارسی . There is discussion of a phonology throughout, explaining differences between the formal and informal/colloquial diglossia.
- Persian in Texas
Archived class pages for past courses in the Persian Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin .
- Wikipedia - Persian-Farsi Edition
Over 100K articles. Use not only as a reference but also as a resource for reading materials – enter topic and you get a nice article written in perfect Persian-Farsi. Most articles are at ILR 2 to 3 levels; you can also link to English language versions to facilitate and speed up comprehension and minimize use of working aids. Important: Wikipedia contents are copyright free (see Creative Commons guidelines for details.)
Advanced Resources, Media, and Dictionaries
- Google.com Preset for Persian-Farsi language
The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using Persian-Farsi. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Persian-Farsi fonts. (From above: Virtual Farsi-Persian Keyboard)
GOOYA is a portal for Iranian news sites such as BBC Farsi, Radio Farda, Voice of America, IRNA, ISNA, Mehr News Agency, and many more.
- OnlineNewspapers.com - Iran
Good selection of national newspapers - with some regional.
- Voice of America - Persian
Voice of America news broadcasting in target language.
- Deutsche Welle - Persian
DW is Germany's international broadcaster. The service is aimed at the overseas market.
BBC - Persian.com
BBC news broadcasts in Persian.
- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - Persian News Service
Latest news reports in English and Persian.
- TvRadioWorld - Iran
About: "TvRadioWorld is an informational directory dealing with radio and television broadcasters worldwide." Site allows you to bookmark favorite radio stations for listening.
- Squid TV - Iran
TV streaming from major stations in Iran; also links to major Newspapers
- Television in Iran
Wikipedia article with links to TV stations themselves; also has hyperlinked List of Persian-language television channels.
- Pars Times - Greater Iran and Beyond
Information gateway to Iran and MIddle East, in English.
Yahoo! News - Iran
- Farsi Dictionary
Online English <> Farsi dictionary. Newer update coming soon.
English <> Farsi online dictionary with proverbs, idioms and games.
- Aria Dic
A Farsi <> multi-European and Arabic languages online dictionary.
- Google Translate
Set for Farsi <> English. Spanish, Arabic, and many other languages.
- Farsi 123 - Online Dictionary
Latest news in English from a variety of news sources