Reddit: r/farsiFairly active and friendly group on redditCommunities
Storybooks CanadaChildren's stories in Persian, with pictures and English translations.ContentChildren
Storybooks Canada takes stories from the African Storybook, and publishes translations into Persian (as well as many other languages).
They have everything from simple stories for beginners, to fairly advanced language. But what's really great is that all of the stories come with an audio track, by a native speaker, that can be played section by section.
And if you struggle, there are easily accessible English and French translations to help you along.
Persian LyricsYouTube channel with numerous Persian songs with subtitles, transliteration and translation.Content
WiktionaryHas a fairly large number of Farsi words.Dictionaries
The best English/Farsi dictionary I have seen so far is actually the English-language Wiktionary, which sports a significant number of entries for Persian words, and often comes with the usual goodies you'll find in a Wiktionary: inflection tables, pronouncations, etymology.
The English Wiktionary of course also contains entries for English, and so you'll also be able to lookup an English word, and often, you'll find a link to the Persian translation. It's not as user-friendly as a dedicated two-language dictionary, as you'll be browsing through a list of translation into dozen of languages, but it will work.
VajjeA meta dictionary combining multiple Persian dictionaries, of different languages.Dictionaries
Collects a number of different dictionaries, some of them very specialised, such as 6155 words and abbreviations about chemistry. It's not just English either, but includes Persian-Arabic, Persian-Italian and many more, including mono-lingual Persian-only.
MondlyApp-based course, available for iOS devices and Android.Courses
Englisi FarsiBilingual picture books.Children
Lovingly designed, bilingual English/Farsi picture books for children. Both physical and ebooks are available.
Grammar & Resources, University of Texas at AustinExtensive description of the grammar.Grammar
A deep dive into the Persian grammar, compiled by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the The University of Austin, Texas. While I feel the material at times could be organized and presented a little better, it is a very exhaustive walkthrough of all the grammatical structures.
The websites also features high-quality audio pronouncations throughout, as well as some video content designed for learners.
SteingassClassic Persian->English dictionary from 1891, with transliterations and mobile apps.Dictionaries
Francis Joseph Steingass published A Comprehensive Persian-English dictionary in 1891. It is Persian->English only, and does feature transliterations.
Content-wise it no doubt shows it's age, and the way it is presented - full pages from the original dictionary rather than individual word entries - is a bit strange. But it will be useful resources for deeper study of older texts in particular.
Another classic dictionary published by the same university is the Sulayman Hayyim.
FreeDict Farsi/GermanDictionary based on community-submissionsDictionaries
This dictionary has an interesting backstory. The guy who runs it in his free time does not actually speak a word of Persian. There is an article about him and the dictionary in the German newspaper TAZ.
PodGap PodcastStructured audio classes for all levels, with transcriptsContent
Mohsen and Hanieh are two native speakers who moderate every episode of this podcast. The episodes range from material for beginners to fairly advanced. I like that they focus on immersion: There are generally no long explanations or discussions in English to distract you.
You can support them via their Patreon, and through it you'll get access to the episode transcriptions.
TED TalksTEDx talks that were organized in Iran, sometimes with subtitles.Content
There have been a bunch of different number of TEDx Talks in Iran, and you can watch those videos on YouTube - in rare cases, there will even be Persian-language subtitles.
This is obviously not exactly "easy" content, but can be great for advanced learners who are in need of demanding material.
I am aware of the following Persian-language TED events:
Ali Jahanshiri's Personal WebsiteVerb conjugator and concise, but extensive grammar resource.GrammarOther
A real gem. In addition to many other things, this contains one of the most concise, well-organized guides to Persian grammar you'll find, and a verb conjugator that works with both Persian script as well as roman transcription.
It was a great help to me when I was coding the grammar-parser of Farsi.school, and also my inspiration to start the page you are reading right now.
Ali is taking Bitcoin-donations, and if you find is site useful, I encourage you to support him.
AparatThe Iranian version of YouTube.Content
A huge amount of videos are available across every possible spectrum and subject.
Beginners searching for easier material might want to have a look at the Kids Section, which features a number of cartoons, including Western properties such as "Boss Baby" with Persian voice actors.
The company behind the site also produces some of their own content, such as Cafe Aparat.
Persian Language OnlineContentCoursesChildren
Produced by a charity tasked with promiting Persian language learning, this website offers both apps designed for children, but also a very large set of carefully produced, short animation videos that come with an English translation, a glossary and dialogue sheets. They are ordered by increasing difficulty, and as such they are quite suitable as source material for self-study.
Cooljugator PersianConjugation Tables for Persian VerbsOther
This will give you the conjugation table for a Persian verb. Conveniently, it lets you input a word in any form, including in a transliterated shape. Pretty neat: You can also have it display the English translation for every individual form.
High-quality Persian-German and German-Persian dictionary.
WordReference Indo-Iranian Languages ForumBusy forum for questions about the Persian languageCommunities
On the very popular WordReference site you can find a place to discuss basically any one of the world's language. Persian shares a group with it's cousin's such as Urdu, Hindu or Dari, but it's actice community is sure to be able to help you with your query.
MangoLanguagesPolished interactive course with original ideas.Courses
I'm quite fond of this app. Sure, like all systems which support many dozens of languages, you can't completely shake the feeling of your course coming off an assemby line, but it comes much closer than most. The content is organized into sensible units of instruction, they actually explain the grammar (though not as deeply as I'd like), and they seem to care about getting smaller details right.
So for example, you not just have transliterations and diacritic marks, but the app also indicates stress. Every word has an individual pronouncation. And all of this works not only within the excercises, but also within the instruction texts itself - you can tap any Farsi word.
Also worth nothing: You'll often have the option to see both a literal and a natural translation. And both the original Farsi and the translation are color coded to help you understand which parts relate. Very cool.
The way the app works is itself quite interesting. It's almost like an interactive audio book. You can read the explanations youself, or have someone else read them to you. You can sort of scroll through a chapter at your own pace, and go back whenever you want. Granted, a large part of the process is "Do you know how to say?" prompts, which can get a bit monotonous.
Ultimately, you have to love a product that counts "Pirate" and "Shakespearean English" amongst it's product offerings.
Works both in the browser and on mobile.
A 14-episode video series about a series of friends running a Cafe, specifically designed for language learners, and with good production value. It was produced by the Department for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Austin Texas.
PersianPod101Not really a podcast, but an extensive audio course.Courses
Despite being advertised as a podcast, this is really a very comprehensive audio course. Each lesson comes with a transcript and a vocabulary list. It may not feel as lovingly crafted as Chai and Conversation, but the library of materials is extensive.
Chai and ConversationA unique, thoughtfully put-together audio course.Courses
Chai and Conversation is a set of audio lessons, starting at beginner level. The main audio files are freely accessible, while you can upgrade to a paid membership to access accompanying lesson guides and transcripts.
It's clearly a labor of love for Leyla Shams, the woman behind it, and you won't find an industrial, one-size fits-all course, but a deep dive into the Iranian language and culture, including lessons on poetry from Forough Farrokhzad.