The best part about living in Los Angeles is...
Salam! L.A. is a city of transplants. It is cosmopolitan and multicultural. I love the diversity, weather, outdoor activities, healthy living, night life, the beach, the weather, job growth and entertainment.
Recommend a place to visit where Persian/ Farsi is the native language, and tell us why you like it.
Persian Square in Westwood, downtown LA , San Fernando Valley (Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills) are all full of Persians, restaurants, book stores, beauty salons, pastry and ice cream shops where Farsi/Persian is spoken all around. If you travel to Iran please visit: Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman, Caspian Sea, and Hamedan. Enjoy the fabulous architecture, nature, food and culture. Anthony Bourdain's documentary on Iran is a great resource.
What Persian/ Farsi film or musical artist do you recommend students watch or listen to?
'The Salesman' (won Academy Award) ,' A Separation' (won Academy Award), 'Children of Heaven' (Nominated), 'Turtles Can Fly,' 'About Elly' and my favorite TV series 'Shahrzad.' Should you be interested in Iranian music, please listen to: Arash, Sami Beigi, Shadmehr Aghili, Mansour, Shahram K, Ebi, Googoosh, Hoorash band...
What most surprises your students about Persian/ Farsi?
Apart from being the oldest language and writing from right to left , the Phonology, logical Grammar which lacks unnecessary complications, regular conjugations of the verbs, fewer pitch variations, the abundance of vowels, the even timing. The softened consonants and smooth contours has made Persian/ Farsi sound spacious, leisurely, rhythmic and melodious.
What one thing would you like your students to know about you?
I have my PhD in linguistics and Cognitive languages; my Master's in Etymology, and my Bachelor's in English Literature. I speak 7 languages and teach 4 of them. I have been teaching for about 25 years at colleges and universities and 8 years at the amazing BH Lingual Institute. I've lived in Iran and Italy, and am currently in the US. I am most thankful for my wonderful husband and two fantastic sons, and I owe all my success to the most unique and loving parents in the world. Nothing is impossible if your heart and mind are willing.