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Conversational Farsi

  • Learn a rich language that is spoken by nearly 200 million people in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Russia and Central Asia.
  • Understand your heritage better if you're of Iranian or Afghani descent, communicate with family members more easily and be able to read official documents in Farsi.

Farsi or Persian is the main language of Iran and a significant language in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Armenia, India and parts of southern Russia. This program will leave you with a working knowledge of a rich language with nearly 200 million speakers. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Some material from B1 will also be introduced.

What You'll Learn

  • Communicate in Farsi if you're a heritage student, language lover, traveller, business person or have married into a Farsi-speaking family.
  • Use the Farsi alphabet and transliteration to support your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Be able to write and speak Farsi on an everyday level, read plain government documents and follow the gist of news, public announcements and messages.
  • Know useful phrases that help you express opinions, chat with family or relate work information.
  • Be able to exchange information on familiar topics and activities.
  • Understand simple advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete four consecutive courses in Farsi within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)


In-class courses are offered when enrolment numbers permit. Some courses or sections may be available only in alternate years or by private instruction.