With some 62 million native speakers, Persian is among the world’s top 20 most widely spoken first languages, and claims another 50 million speakers communicating in Persian as a second language. Spoken today primarily in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Persian was historically more widely understood in an area ranging from the Middle East to India and exerted a strong influence on languages such as Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi (all taught in UBC Asian Studies). Persianate culture, religion and literature have had an extraordinary impact, not just in Central, Southern and Western Asia, but within the world at large, but to truly appreciate this impact, you need to start learning Persian!
A comprehensive list of courses offered by the Department of Asian Studies can be found in the UBC Calendar.
PERS100 Basic Persian I Sections
Basic vocabulary and the fundamentals of modern Persian grammar, structure, and pronunciation, as well as reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
PERS101 Basic Persian II Sections
Continuation of PERS 100.
PERS104 Persian Reading and Writing for Persian-Speaking Students Sections
Reading and writing of standard Tehran Persian; lexical and syntactic differences between written and spoken Persian. This course prepares students for PERS 300.
PERS200 Intermediate Persian I Sections
Reading of simple texts with emphasis on reading and writing, conversation skills, grammar, and syntax.
PERS201 Intermediate Persian II Sections
Continuation of PERS 200.
PERS400 Persian Short Story for Native and Heritage Speakers Sections
Literary works from mid-19th century to present. Restricted to native or heritage speakers of Persian.