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Iranian, Persian (Farsi, Dari) Teacher & Tutor: Tina R.

Private lessons, classes online via telephone, email, text chat, voice chat, video conferencing.

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 Profile of Tina R. Date: October 21, 2017 
The Basics
Name: Tina R.
Feedback rating: 5 stars of 5 9 reviews
Self-study lessons: No online lessons
Language(s) to teach:
(N) Iranian
(N) Persian (Farsi, Dari)

(N) = Also native language of teacher.
City: Beacon
State, province or region: NY
Country: United States
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons delivery:
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Text chat
  • Voice chat
  • Video conferencing
    Program Summary
    Class sizes available:
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 students
  • 4-8 students
  • Student proficiency levels:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Facets available:
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Business
  • Test Preparation

    Teaching Approach

    "I have learned so much from you in the last few months! I greatly appreciate your time, patience, and expertise. I wish you all the best. Stay in touch." Golriz Shoai (Farsi Student from NYC)

    Learn ing a language can be extremely exciting. I want my students to feel better about themselves and discover their hidden potentials as they get involved in the process of learning. As my teaching experience allows me to say, learning languages is a unique opportunity for us to explore our mental and emotional capabilities. If the whole idea of living this life is learning more, why not start learning a foreign language right away?

    Program Description

    This is a very flexible program: each student will take lessons specifically prepared for him/her. People are different when it comes to learning languages, so I do not offer one program for all. However, I do follow a standard procedure if my student comes to the class with no preferences in mind.

    Teaching Experience

    I used to teach English to teenagers and adults, men and women, in different language institutes in Tehran, Iran. I have also been a private tutor to many, from a 16-year-old high school student to a 54-year-old sociology professor. Regarding Persian (Farsi), I used to teach grammar to high school students who were planning to take the annual admission exam for governmental universities in Iran ("Konkour"). I have worked on projects for Farsi Google, Rosetta Stone and Living Language. I am currently a tutor of Farsi/English , translator (Farsi<>Engli sh), and creative writer (Farsi and English).

    Teacher Training

    - PhD in Media and Communication (EGS, Switzerland, 2008- 2013)
    - MA & BA in English Language and Literature (Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran, 1999-2005)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Is it hard to learn Persian (Farsi)?
    A: Any language can be tricky to learn, and mastering a language may take many years. Some people believe that Persian is not really hard to learn, but can be challenging to master. I believe, however, that it all depends on you to make your learning experience fun and rewarding, or complicated and frustrating. The key to learning any language is patience and persistence, and Persian is no exception. Some of my students find it difficult to proceed in the middle of the program, while others find the challenge attractive and rewarding. Here is a sample email I have received from one of my motivated students:

    “Tina jan-
    I just participated (and understood) my first “real” Farsi conversation! A fellow student had hurt his mouth 5 days ago and was asking my instructor for advice. I followed it, asked questions, extended sympathy and so forth. I only made one mistake that I know of, accidentally getting too familiar (“to” rather than “shoma”) with my teacher. This feels great!”

    Q: How does this program work?
    A: My online program is very flexible and suits almost all busy people with an interest in learning Persian. ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD you are, you can set your own days/hours and take as many classes as you want. You won’t have to commute or be worried about getting stuck in traffic! You will get whatever you need to get from a language class without having to leave the comfort of your own home/office. If you’d like to focus on a specific skill, we will adjust the learning material accordingly, and if you come to the class with no priorities in mind, I will offer you a step-by-step program that will cover all the four language skills you need (speaking, reading, writing, and listening).

    Q: How fast will I be able to speak Persian (Farsi)?
    A: Based on my experience, a student's progress in conversationa l Persian is directly affected by the following factors:
    - The number of languages he/she already knows/speaks
    - His/her psychological readiness to sound funny while speaking
    - The number of hours he/she can spend doing his/her listening exercises at home
    - The level of his/her exposure to native speakers of Persian
    - His/her mathematical intuition (to understand the grammar) and musical aptitude (to develop a native-like accent)
    - His/her capacity to stay committed to long-term goals.

    Q: What if I decide to stop learning after a while?
    A: You are absolutely free to stop learning whenever you want. I will not charge you a termination fee. However, no refund is possible for those who have bought a Discount Package.

    Q: What if I have to cancel a particular class?
    A: If you have to cancel a scheduled class, you need to let me know at least 12 hours ahead of time. You can simply email me and ask for re-scheduling the class. Unlike most language institutes, I will not charge you a cancellation fee, unless you go for a last-minute cancellation (less than 12 hours before the class starts). In this case, you will be charged the whole fee of the class.

    Us ually there are no limits to the number of sessions you can cancel, but you cannot cancel more than 3 sessions in a row. If you cannot attend your class for a few weeks, you have to let me know about your plans for resuming your class at a later date. If you just quit without notification, I will automatically assume that you are not willing to continue and will give your days/hours to other students.

    Q: What if I have questions while studying? Will you be available?
    A : I offer constant support to my students even after their graduation as Advanced Learners. You can always email me with your questions and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. You will not be charged for the regular electronic correspondenc e that is related to the content of our lessons, or to the general process of learning.

    Q: After all, is it really worth it to learn Persian?
    A: It depends on your perspective. You can always learn something “more practical”, but it is not going to replace the unique experience of learning Persian for you. In fact, nothing will be quite as rewarding as learning about one of the most ancient cultures in the world through the language of that culture, loaded with history, poetry, and philosophy. Regardless of the fact that learning Middle Eastern languages has become fashionable nowadays, learning Persian can help you gain an insight into the hopes and dreams of the people living in that part of the world – people who may seem so different from you, but in fact, are not that different from you. You may find yourself being able to understand them and connect to them in many surprising ways. Moreover, learning Persian can always pave the way for you to learn Arabic, Kurdish, Pashto, Urdu or some other languages spoken in the Middle East.

    Q: I have a question other than what mentioned above. What should I do?
    A: You can always contact me through the email address provided by this website. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

    Cost of Lessons

    USD 45 per hour (Online Instruction) * Discount packages are available as follows:
    10- hour (has to be used within 3 months): USD 400 (save 50 $)
    20-hour (has to be used within 6 months): USD 750 (save 150 $)
    Payment Method:
    - PayPal
    - Western Union
    - Personal check (only for those residing in the US)


    Profile Creation: September 10, 2007
    Profile Last Edit: October 21, 2017
    Last Login: January 26, 2021

    Response time of most recent learner enquiry: 4 days

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