My Biography

I am a language manager, self published author, a linguist, and a lecturer in Iranian languages including Persian (Farsi & Dari), Pashto, and Turkic languages including Azeri and Turkish. I completed my PhD in General Linguistics at La Trobe University in Melbourne in 1999. My dissertation was on the study of comparative grammars of Persian, Azeri, Turkish and English. I was a lecturer in Persian Linguistics, Persian as a second language and English as a second language for several years
in universities.

I am an Accredited translator and interpreter of the National Australian Authority for Translators & Interpreters (NAATI), and do freelance translation and phone and video interpreting in Iranian languages for different translation agencies locally and internationally.

I have published several books on grammar and phrasebooks and dictionaries on  languages and presented several papers on second language learning.

I also review book proposals for publishers like Routledge, UK. 

I received the Australian Day Medallion for developing and managing courses in  second languages.

I have applied a second language learning approach based on comparative grammar in teaching second languages. That is, in learning a second language, one should become familiar with the grammatical structures of both languages and their similarities and differences. Through this knowledge, one learns the second language efficiently and in a time effective way.

I am a multilingual linguist and I speak English, Persian (Farsi & Dari), Pashto, Azari, and Turkish and understand  Arabic. Being exposed to many languages and cultures, I have always been interested in difference in languages and cultures of different parts of the world. My books like "A Martian Earthly Dictionary", and "The Clash of Cultures" are the result of such an experience.

Currently, I am the Head of European & Middle Eastern languages in an adult education center  in Melbourne. 



Australia Day Medallion

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