The ASPIRANTUM Persian Summer School offers two great benefits: a world-class Persian program and an opportunity to experience the cultural and geographical richness of Armenia. The most important component of the program is its outstanding Persian instruction. My instructor, Ani Beyt-Movsess, was an experienced translator and teacher with an outstanding command of both English and Persian. The classes were intensive and substantive, enabling me to make rapid progress in written and spoken Persian. Language instruction was also supplemented by discussions of Iranian history, culture, and politics. Having lived in Iran, Ani provided a valuable perspective that I would have been unable to gain otherwise.
This program is also distinct from other programs because it takes place in Armenia. The many site visits, dinners, and discussions provide students with increased knowledge about this culturally, geographically, and politically significant country. During the site visits, students can experience the stunning landscapes and masterful, historically-significant architecture that Armenia has to offer. The dinners provide students with an understanding of the uniqueness of Armenian food, culture, and humor. I never went hungry on this trip and was always impressed by the quality of the food and the company. Though many features of this trip were very positive, the food nevertheless stands out as one of the highlights from my time in Armenia.
Perhaps most importantly, I made some friends that could last for a lifetime. Studying a difficult language like Persian brings people in contact with people from other countries, cultures, and linguistic and academic backgrounds. This broadens one’s view of the world and, in the end, is a lot of fun. I hope to stay in touch with the ASPIRANTUM family and hold on to my valuable memories in Yerevan for many years to come. The most important aspect of language learning might be the people you meet.
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Our Persian language courses are open to anyone with upper elementary or intermediate knowledge of the Persian language. The lectures are organized with the academic interests of our participants in mind. Students as well as researchers working in Iranian Studies and relevant fields will benefit the most from our courses.Check Upcoming Courses