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Media Persian

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw

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All the expressions, jargon and coinages that Persian learners need to talk about the media

What is the Persian term for 'climate change'? How would you say 'detention centre'? Could you recognise the phrase 'The World Cup'? Or 'information technology'?

This short, accessible vocabulary gives you ready-made lists of key terms in media Persian for translating both from and into Persian. It is divided into 13 key areas:

  • General
  • Politics and Government
  • Elections
  • Conflict and Security
  • Law and Order
  • Human Rights
  • Economics
  • Trade and Industry
  • Science and Technology
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Aid and Development
  • Culture and Sport

Key Features

  • Terms grouped in thematic sections
  • Easy-to-learn lists to test translation
  • Links to online audio files to help you check your pronunciation
  • English-Persian index

Notice: flashcards accompanying the Essential Middle Eastern Vocabularies series are no longer available


1. General
2. Politics and Government
3. Elections
4. Conflict and Security
5. Law and Order
6. Human Rights
7. Economics
8. Trade and Industry
9. Science and Technology
10. Energy
11. Environment
12. Aid and Development
13. Culture and Sport.

About the Author

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford. He is author of The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast, Book Two (with Pouneh Shabani Jadidi; 2012).


Media Persian by Dominic Brookshaw fills a noticeable gap both for students of Persian language and also for others interested in Persian and in getting first-hand information from the media of Iran and other Persian-speaking countries. Available bilingual dictionaries by and large are not up-to-date, especially in regards to the constantly evolving and changing lexical items used in print, in the audio-visual media, and on the internet. Professor Brookshaw has provided us with a very useful and accessible guide to the current vocabulary found in contemporary Persian media culture, covering a range of topics from politics to economics, from human rights to trade, from technology to law and order, and from energy to sport.
- M. R. Ghanoonparvar, Professor of Persian and Comparative Literature The University of Texas at Austin
A useful introduction to the specialized Persian vocabulary of the modern media.
- Professor W. M. Thackston, author of An Introduction to Persian


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