Is there any free online resource for learning basic Persian without learning arabic script? I tried several online courses but they all begin with teaching script first. This is very demotivating to me because I find Arabic script very difficult, and I really mean it - I can read Russian, Greek and even Hebrew to some extend but I just can't learn Arabic.

Ideally I would start by learning some basic words and phrases, spelled out in Latin alphabet and maybe learn the script later. Many Iranians type in Latin anyway in SMSs or on Facebook.

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    My Colloquial Persian book only uses Latin transliteration. I got mine for a few dollars on eBay. Their other products may utilize similar methods; but of course I have no idea.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 20:25
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    Check out YouTube for video courses that are entirely oral based. Iirc
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 20:28
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    @Dr.Shmuel If you can write up more detailed descriptions of the resources you are aware of, you can post them as an answer. Comments aren't permanent.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 10:23
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    What language should those resources be in? In other words, which language(s) do you know well enough to use them as a starting point for learning another foreign language?
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 19:43
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    my first language is Polish but I mostly use English these days. I guess I could handle resources in Russian or Spanish if I had no other choice.
    – Milo Bem
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 12:17

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There is a freemium app called Memrise which specializes in teaching mostly language but also other topics such as geography etc. Some courses are official which are available on the app, but for Persian I found a perfect community-made course which I'll link below. The course starts off with simple words and moves on to more complex sentences. In addition to showing the meaning of words in Arabic alphabet, it reads aloud the word and features IPA of the word along with memes to easily remember the words. https://www.memrise.com/course/330650/basic-farsi-persian/


We specifically designed farsi.school to support this as well. We are are video-based learning site specifically for Persian, and have subtitles in the Latin alphabet. We even allow you to choose between multiple romanization styles.

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