Testimonial by Piotr Szustakiewicz

MA student, University of Warsaw, Poland

2 weeks 2020 Learn Persian Through the Shahname

The course ”Learn Persian Through the Shahname” in which I took part in September 2020 was a wonderful experience.

Due to global pandemic classes were held online, but because of a very well prepared syllabus with key words, articles and links to each lesson it wasn’t a problem at all.

Our main teacher Mr. Ruben Nikoghosyan was absolutely amazing. His patience, precision in teaching, knowledge about Shahname and also passion about it, made this course truly unforgettable experience. It was a pleasure to listen to Mr. Ruben, discuss different topics as well as to learn from him. Moreover his knowledge of Old Persian and Middle Persian helped with explaining and memorising more difficult parts od Shahname. I would love to learn with him once again.

As a person without much experience with Classical Persian thanks to the ASPIRANTUM course I was able to understand better the differences between it and Modern Persian, learned a lot of vocabulary and found a deeper understanding of this famous work. I would recommend it for everyone who wants to start his journey with Shaname or Classical Persian. However due to vast knowledge of Mr. Ruben it would be perfectly adequate also for more advanced students.

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