Persian Language and Culture Resources

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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Digital Libraries

  • Farsinet
    Brief description of the Persian language community and country profile of Iran
  • Stars21
    Bilingual online dictionary
  • Lexilogos
    Bilingual online dictionary



  • Digital Dialects
    Online vocabulary games
  • Quizlet
    Online Persian vocabulary flashcards
  • MyLanguages.Org
    Thematically ordered vocabulary with audio files for beginners
  • Linguanaut
    Beginner-level vocabulary lists with Persian script and Roman script transliteration

Reading & Writing

  • Omniglot
    Introduction to the Persian alphabet

Listening & Speaking

  • Learn Persian
    Vocabulary lists with audio files
  • Learn Persian
    Videos with accompanying written text and translations into English

Online Course Materials

News & Media

Arts, Films & Music

  • PersianWeb
    List of various types of cultural resources, with short descriptions

Search Engines

The UI Main Library Film Collection

The UI Main Library offers extensive media collections in various languages. To find films, please visit the UI Main Library website and follow these steps:
1. Select "advanced search"
2. Scroll down to "Limit Search to":
3. Choose your specific language and
4. Choose "Video-all" for "format."

Language Media Center (LMC)

Current ALLNet Holdings in the Language Media Center by Language

For more language-related holdings, please also check the Language Media Center Catalog.

To borrow materials from the Language Media Center, please contact the LMC, 120 Phillips Hall.

Iowa City Public Library Catalog

The Iowa City Public Library holds materials for several less commonly taught languages. Please check the catalog by typing the name of your language.

International Writing Program (IWP) Writers

To view a biography and/or writing sample of each participant, please visit the IWP's website and find the participant via the search function.

Scholarships to Study LCTLs


For more information on how to become a consultant for ALLNet or if you are a UI faculty/staff member or student who wishes to study critical or less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), please contact​