Tips for Reading Classical Persian Poetry 1 – What is happening to whom? – Affixed pronouns in Classical Persian

As last week Persian speakers around the world celebrated the works of Ferdowsi, and marked 1000 years since his death, our blogger Iskandar is back to guide us through some of the quirks of reading Classical Persian literature. One of the great joys of learning Persian is that very old literature, going back much further

Iskandar Ding: Introduction to Tajik Persian 2 – Differences in Pronunciation

Tajik Persian has a few phonetic and phonological idiosyncrasies which speakers and learners of Iranian Persian may not be immediately used to. In this post I will talk about some of the main differences. Bear in mind, however, that Tajik Persian, like Persian varieties elsewhere, is not ‘one language’, but consists of many regional dialects/accents.

Iskandar Ding: Introduction to Tajik Persian 1 – the Alphabet

Not many learners of Persian have realised that modern Persian, in fact, currently has two official alphabets – the Perso-Arabic one many are familiar with, and the Cyrillic, used to write Tajik. The debate on whether Tajik is a separate language from Persian is a socio-political one and has drawn much controversy both within Tajikistan

Iskandar Ding: Persian poetry across the Persian-speaking world

The eternal verses of great Persian poets, such as Rudaki, Ferdowsi, Khayyam, Mowlana, Sa’di, Hafez… were composed across the Persian-speaking world and are still celebrated by the Persian-speaking world, transcending modern borders. Most Persian learners have heard their poems recited and made into music in the Iranian context, but have not heard interpretations from outside

Word of the month with Iskandar Ding: ناز/nāz

We’re delighted to introduce our first in a series of blogs from Iskandar Ding, a multi-linguist who, among many other things, is a post-graduate student in Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London. Iskandar will be considering aspects of Persian language and culture across its vast area of influence, both present and historical. Some posts, like

Iran Heritage Foundation: Making “candy-sweet Persian” available through ​Persian Language Online

The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages, and cultures of Iran and the Persianate world. The objectives of the Foundation are achieved by organising and supporting activities of cultural or scholarly merit. IHF programmes include sponsoring teaching posts and fellowships at universities

Gorbeh at the Sea

We are very excited to announce the Persian Language Foundation’s third app: Gorbeh at the Sea! Download for free to play nine fun games, an interactive music video, and win lots of stickers! It’s all in Persian and is a fantastic way to encourage young children to embrace and learn the language, as well as many important preschool-level concepts! You can find


The past few months has seen a huge increase in the number of learners accessing our website, many of whom have been in touch to express their gratitude for our high quality lessons. So many, in fact, that we have created a new page in which to showcase their kind words:

Gorbeh on the Farm

The Adventure Continues! After a great time exploring the City, Gorbeh is rolling up his sleeves and getting back to nature in his next escapade. There will be lots of animals, lots of fresh air and lots of hard work! Not to mention a brand new song and a whole barn-full of new prizes to be won! Watch this space for more updates on our

Gorbeh in the City

The Persian Language Foundation has completed its first app for preschool-aged children! Download Persian City Adventure from iTunes or Google Play to explore the City with Gorbeh, the Persian Cat on your smart phone or tablet! You will get dressed, go shopping, search for vehicles and count the buses, before singing along to an interactive music video! This exciting step forward in

Dr Ali Sattaripour

It is with deepest regret that we write to announce that Dr Ali Sattaripour, Founder of the Persian Language Foundation has passed away, aged 73. Dr Sattaripour established the Persian Language Foundation in 2012 and worked with great enthusiasm and commitment to promote and advance Persian Language learning, right up until the time of his

Thank You

We would like to express our deep gratitude to everybody who joined us on Saturday January 30th to celebrate the completion of and to learn more about our exciting plans for the future. It was very encouraging to see such huge enthusiasm and support for the Persian Language Foundation’s mission to promote and facilitate Persian Language-learning