Persian in Use

An Elementary Textbook of Language and Culture

Author: Anousha Sedighi

About this book

Persian in Use is an elementary Persian language and culture textbook designed for first-year Persian language students at college level. It offers a thematically organized and integrative approach to help students achieve proficiency in Persian language and culture.


  • Colorful and lively design with over 200 illustrations and images and over 1200 words and phrases including high-frequency idioms, slang, and proverbs
  • New vocabulary is summarized thematically/lexically to help students engage in the accompanying communicative activities
  • Interactive dialogues from everyday life in both spoken and written forms introduce students to contemporary usage
  • Straightforward explanations of the grammatical features
  • Includes samples of literary texts, poems, plays, film scripts, and pop songs
  • Engaging classroom activities and homework exercises with the integration of all four skills
  • Companion website with audio files and authentic video clips from Iran
  • Corresponds to two semesters/three quarters of elementary college-level study as recommended by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Dr. Anousha Sedighi is Associate Professor of Persian and the coordinator of the Persian program at Portland State University. She has been teaching elementary Persian for more than a decade and serves as the current president of the American Association of Teachers of Persian.

Companion website


Format: Paperback

Pages: 400

ISBN Print: 9789087282172

ISBN ePUB: 9789400601949

ISBN ePDF: 9789400601932

Published: 11 March 2015

Language: English


  • Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Professor of Persian Language, Literature, and Culture, University of Maryland

    "With a steady stream of relevant dialogues, a series of pithy passages of reading material, glimpses of Persian culture and literature, and plenty of engaging exercises, all creatively conceptualized and methodically presented, Persian in Use is bound to find a prominent place in the increasingly professionalized field of Persian language pedagogy."

  • Dr. Kamran Talattof, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona

    "To be forthright, teaching Persian as a second language is still far from an established field. Sedighi’s Persian in Use with its fresh approach, tasteful design, and engaging methodology is a welcome publication in response to this perpetual need. The book indeed is designed to improve students’ language and cultural fluency, delightfully and systematically."

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