Language Challenge 180: Farsi

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1 valerie March 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I am mom of 5 kids with passive knowledge of Farsi, but whose dad is native speaker. I speak it moderately well, but definitely need to expand my vocabulary and refine my verbs!
We are planning a trip soon and hope the kids will be comfortable SPEAKING basic Farsi. While they understand quite a bit, and hear it constantly, they are not actual speakers…YET! The goal is to maximize the language exposure this summer with hopes that the children will come back fluent is basic household/family centered Farsi. From there I know they can become fluent in the larger scheme. IT is just that first threshold that I am trying to get them past but have struggled with for YEARS! None can hold a full conversation with family yet, and this is something I really am working toward!


2 Alexandra March 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Good luck to you, Valerie! Being in Iran will help tremendously, I’m sure. My daughter (also Farsi-speaking dad, and me with conversational ability) is lucky enough to go to a Farsi immersion preschool, and one of the moms with kids who were there and now are in public (English-only) elementary school told me about her pact with her kids to speak Farsi together. They all sat down around the table and agreed on things they wanted, and they’re doing a rewards system with the ultimate goal of a trip somewhere they all wanted to go (Disneyland? can’t remember). It doesn’t have to be such a big goal, but maybe the sit-down-and-agree component is a good takeaway. Something that formalizes everyone’s participation.

I find that when my daughter is shifting to English a little too much I can help to shift her back by speaking a little Farsi to her. She doesn’t always switch back right away, but it’s like a subtle nudge in that direction. And now we actually play a make-believe game in Farsi where she’s the teacher and I’m the student! That makes it fun.


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