Hi Pensulo - I didn't realize I had been gone so long. In answer to your question, I used to meet a fair number of Iranis when I visited Turkey, and as they were generally friendly and fun, I've often thought about learning Farsi. Now, finally, I am getting around to it, but unfortunately there isn't a Persian community where I live. Assimil - I am going through the book a second time and am on lesson 22. So far the second run through is very easy, but this particular Assimil goes very slowly until about lesson 40. IRIB - This is the Radio Iran site. I copy all the dialogues from the site into a couple of notebooks and then translate them into English so that I can practice away from the computer. There are 164 dialogues, so it has taken a fairly long time, but I think copying them out has sped up the learning process. I now hope to finish this course by the end of April instead of the end of August. GLOSS PERSIAN - In fact, I felt so good about how well both Assimil and IRIB are going that I decided to give GLOSS a try. A bit of a reality check! Even at level 1 most of the lessons are quite a bit harder than what I have been doing. The speaking is much faster and there is much more elision between words. And the sound quality isn't always very good. GLOSS ARABIC - So........ I decided to try the standard Arabic lessons. In contrast to the Persian, the speaking in level 1 is very slow. I don't really have time for this, but have decided to dust off my rudimentary Arabic and study level 1. It's not too difficult and is full of good vocabulary. If I can find time, it would be nice to work through all the levels, but there are 480+ lessons, so it will take a long time iif II keep with it - and that is just standard Arabic - there are several hundred more lessons in various dialects.