What is the age range for Little Persian materials?
Any age! Truly, these materials have been thoughtfully designed to make them simple enough for the youngest children, yet differentiated to accommodate all ages of learners. Learners of any age progress through stages of learning and Little Persian materials are made to be useful each step of the way by using memorable visuals, Romanization (pronunciation written with English letters) and even allow to read exclusively Persian if that is a goal.
Can adults use Little Persian materials?
Why should I teach my child Persian?
Children with Persian heritage can make a meaningful connection with their heritage through language. It was said by Khaled Housseini that "...if culture is a house, then language is the key to the door; to all the rooms inside."
What if I don't know Persian but I want my child to learn?
You can learn together! Little Persian was founded by a mother going through this process.
Do I need to be able to read Persian to use Little Persian materials?
No. Little Persian materials are all designed for readers and non-readers of the Persian language by using Romanization (pronunciation using English letters) on one side and exclusively Persian on the other side. Beginners can start by using Romanization and advance to reading Persian.
How do I use the materials?
Each product has been thoughtfully designed by an experienced and certified teacher. While there are many ways to use the products, there are some simple suggestions provided on the teaching and learning tips provided with each learning set. Additionally, more ideas for how to use the materials are available in the blog section of this website.
Should my child be learning conversational, written Persian or both?
This is a completely personal decision but there is definitely a benefit to learning both. Even a very basic understanding of the letters and numerals will unlock a deeper connection to Persian language and will help tremendously with understanding proper pronunciation.
How can I understand how to pronounce the Romanization used on materials?
There is a guide to understanding the letters and sounds used in Romanization included with each set. Although there are many different ways people spell words with Romanization, the choices used by Little Persian indicate those consistently found in academic published materials so as to remain consistent.
When is a good time to start teaching Persian?
Now! No matter what age your child is, exposure to the language is beneficial. If you are learning yourself, practice aloud so your little one can hear you speaking. If your child is just learning to speak, teach common objects in Persian as well as English. If your child is older, begin where you can, when you can - there is no better time than now.
How can I encourage using Persian language at home?
Make it a fun and easy part of everyday life. It can seem daunting to include a second language, but it can be as easy as posting a learning set in your child's play room, grabbing a set of Persian flashcards for a quick round with the whole family, playing a game together (ideas coming soon!). Listening to Persian music, radio or watching Persian programming are really effective ways to have fun and learn at the same time!
What if my child acts disinterested in learning Persian?
This is absolutely a well documented and researched behavior that often happens when a minority language is used at home. Make Persian fun for everyone! It is really helpful to normalize the minority language and one of the best ways to do this is through peer interaction with the language. If your child has Persian friends or cousins, encourage them to learn too. Your child seeing and hearing others engaging with Persian will make a huge difference. Little Persian materials are easy enough that even non-Persian friends could learn along with the basics. Don't give up, you can help your child develop Persian pride!