Testimonials

December 15, 2023

Daisy

I have taken 57 classes with Leila in the last year and a half, and it has been an incredible experience and total joy. When I first met her, I had studied Persian on and off for many years, but my speaking was pretty rusty. I was also very interested…

December 15, 2023
December 6, 2023

Marlies

Leila is a passionate language teacher woh is fully focused on her students’ needs. Every lesson is clearly structured, the homework is meaningful and always relates to the lesson as a wrap-up and to prepare for the next lesson. She always addresses my wishes and tailors the lessons to my…

December 6, 2023
September 29, 2023

Mariam Nouri

Leila is an amazing teacher. She is very patient and tries to elevate your strengths and helps you work on improvement. She is very knowledgeable and helpful, and her positivity and decorum made every session delightful. I needed to make my speaking skills sound more professional and intuitive. She was…

September 29, 2023
August 19, 2023

Yui

I took the Persian poetry-reading class for the first time with Leila. She is knowledgable, professional and reliable teacher – I found the way she explains and paraphrases each line was very helpful in understanding the meaning and nuance of the poetry. Highly recommended!

August 19, 2023
August 16, 2023

Emily

Leila is wonderful! Despite me knowing so little, we can speak for an entire hour with very little English. She guides and rephrases my sentences without making me prohibitively self conscious about my mistakes. When she answers my questions about grammar and formality, she makes the nuances seem very distinct…

August 16, 2023
May 28, 2023

Christian Jauvin

I had my first lesson with Leila and I’m very satisfied, as she seems particularly good at adjusting her style and ways to my own learning style and peculiarities, which makes me feel like I am going to learn efficiently and fast.

May 28, 2023
April 30, 2023

Boris

I think today was my 21st lesson with Leila! And I want to say I’m still as encouraged as I was during my very first lesson when Leila introduced the Persian alphabet to me! For me, Leila is a perfect teacher. Besides textbook material, Leila shares with me her own…

April 30, 2023
November 23, 2022

Marlies

Leila is an amazing teacher. She cusomizes the lessons according to my needs and does a great effort in between lessons by recording her voice and sending it to me to train my listening and pronounciation skills. She is highly qualified and every lesson is so much fun and so…

November 23, 2022
November 15, 2022

Uta

I’m really looking forward to every lesson. Not only because Leila likes reading poetry as much as I do but also because she has a really deep understanding and is able to explain and interprete every poem so that I can grasp its beauty. She is an extraordinary person and…

November 15, 2022
October 12, 2022

Paul Neaum

Leila is an excellent teacher who quickly grasps your needs as a student, remembers everything that you have done together and can explain the various grammar points clearly. She is friendly, has a lovely sense of humour and is serious about her work.

October 12, 2022
August 30, 2022

Uta

Leila was as wonderful as always. I’m really looking forward to every lesson. She is so smart and well read. And soooo patient. She is a perfect teacher.

August 30, 2022
August 28, 2022

Polly

Leila is a wonderful farsi teacher. i have started my lesson with her 4 months ago as a total beginner. Now i can have simple conversation and improving everyday. She is very patient and design the class according to my need, my weak area, my interests and, my ability. She…

August 28, 2022
August 24, 2022

Marlies

Very good teacher. Speaks slowly and very pronounced to it is great for beginners to follow. Customizes the sessions according to your needs and requirements. Effective note-taking and homework. ! آفرین

August 24, 2022
August 23, 2022

Artemisia

Leila is a very good teacher. She has good lesson plans and also gives homework. The way she explains the material is helpful, and I have noticed improvement in my speaking/understanding of Farsi.

August 23, 2022
August 22, 2022

Daisy

Leila is the best teacher!!! She makes learning classical poetry easy, fun and meaningful, and dedicates a lot of extra time to helping me. Thank you!

August 22, 2022
June 19, 2022

Siyeon

I am so glad I was able to find Leila on italki. I have been wanting to study classical Persian poems in the original, and she has been the perfect person to take on that journey. With her expertise and attention to nuances, she brings classical poets to life. I’ve…

June 19, 2022
June 10, 2022

Uta

It was only my third lesson with Leila and already I learned so much and I like and estimate her immensely. It is a shame though that because of international political sanctions gifted and highly trained teachers like her are to be excluded from sharing their knowledge.

June 10, 2022
June 8, 2022

Amir Sadjadi

Excellent teacher. She swiftly recognized my need areas and thoughtfully recommended a clear plan to pave the way towards achieving the goals. I look forwards to continuing my lessons under Mrs. Leila’s supervision and guidance!

June 8, 2022
May 29, 2022

Jesse Rosenberg

Today Leila taught us the passive voice. Every lesson we learn something new and interesting, and Leila always has an interesting way of presenting the material. She creates helpful assignments and gives us lots of practice and encouragement! A truly wonderful teacher.

May 29, 2022
March 20, 2022

Vince Kajzinger

Overall, I’m really enjoying the lessons so far. She is kind and polite and explains things very clearly. Also I really like how the classes are structured and how she encourages speaking in Persian as much as possible.

March 20, 2022
December 19, 2021

Bam

Thank you dear Leila jan for all your help so far, learning with you has opened up so many doors of possibilities. Looking forward to what else may come. Thank you

December 19, 2021
November 21, 2021

Jesse Rosenberg

This was an especially enjoyable lesson, because in addition to conversation, reading and vocabulary, we also had a wonderful mini-lesson in Persian literature (the 10th-century epic poem “Shanameh”). Leila is such a great teacher!

November 21, 2021
October 23, 2021

Jesse Rosenberg

Leila is an outstanding teacher, experienced in all areas of instruction: conversation, grammar, and enough cultural background to help her students grasp the significance of what they’re learning. In addition to her skill and erudition, she also makes lessons very enjoyable! I strongly recommend her to anyone interested in studying…

October 23, 2021
September 15, 2021

Anna

Learning Persian with Leila has been a great experience. She is very patient and always encouraging. She introduces a variety of activities, which help me develop my skills. She gives valuable feedback that helps me to improve.

September 15, 2021
September 15, 2021

Mikuru

She is a very good teacher! I learned basic Persian in college, but I continue to study Iranian literature with her. She teaches with full-fledged literary knowledge, from classical poetry such as Saadi and Rumi to contemporary novels.

September 15, 2021
October 14, 2020

Leili

Another superb lesson. Particularly like all the beautiful tangents our lessons take and related material Leila introduces me to. Highly recommend 👍🏼

October 14, 2020
July 19, 2020

Azareen Oloomi

This was an exceptional lesson. She is fantastic. Thorough, kind and knowledgable. I will be working with her long term.

July 19, 2020
June 21, 2020

Leili

Great first Shahnameh lesson. We read the first part of Seyavash’s trial by fire. Looking forward to the second half! Leila prepared a document with the story and meaning of difficult words. Highly recommend Shahnameh khani with her 🙂

June 21, 2020
July 7, 2019

Perin

I love my lessons with Leila! She really goes out of her way to be helpful and engaging. It feels like I am learning while chatting with a close friend. خیلی ممنون!

July 7, 2019
June 29, 2019

Nuray

A great lesson with Leila like all her lessons, stimulating and very informative. I always learn new things with her. She is very patient and is ready to always repeat any grammatical issues that I had problems with. It is really enjoyable to learn Farsi with Leila

June 29, 2019
June 8, 2019

Nuray

Layla explains all issues necessary for me and any student to know about the Farsi language. She makes all classes easy to understand and encourages me always to learn more. If I don’t understand something, she never tires to explain it again and again.

June 8, 2019
May 4, 2019

Emka

Class with Leila is always amazing and this class was no exception. For anyone interested in understanding the nuances and beauty of classical Persian, there is no one better!

May 4, 2019
April 20, 2019

Nuray

The lessons with Leila are valuable because she is very detailed and explains Persian grammar and vocabulary in a very efficient and understandable way. Leila is very patient and works on the student’s needs in order to help him or her to advance in the comprehension of the language. She…

April 20, 2019
March 15, 2019

Emka

Another terrific lesson! We have been reading an excerpt from Attar, and it’s been really fascinating and enriching to read with Leila.

March 15, 2019
February 2, 2019

Emka

Had an amazing lesson with Leila, as always, reading some short Sufi/mystical texts. I feel so lucky to have a teacher with such deep knowledge of classical Persian! Although I still have so much to learn, I have made such progress in the last few months reading the classical literature,…

February 2, 2019
December 21, 2018

Gemma

Leila is a wonderful teacher! Our conversations cover a wide variety of topics and we always have interesting discussions. More importantly, is she able to give very useful and detailed feedback and corrections without ever interrupting the flow of the conversation. Both my speaking and writing have improved leaps and…

December 21, 2018
December 6, 2018

Emka

Leila was amazing as always! Reading classical Persian literature with her has made the texts come alive for me in away that I have not experienced with other teachers. Not only do I understand much more, but I have a real feeling for the deeper meanings and symbolisms, as well…

December 6, 2018
November 16, 2018

Kash

I slept in and missed our original time, but Leila was kind enough to fit me in for another class afterward. Always very supportive and kind. Can’t recommend enough!

November 16, 2018
October 4, 2018

Emka

Leila is amazing. Reading with her, I finally feel like I am getting to a place of more deeply understanding and engaging with classical Persian literature, after years of studying the language elsewhere. She always takes the time to work through anything I don’t understand, and explains the larger context…

October 4, 2018
September 8, 2018

Muhammad

بطور نزدیک / تقریبا ۲ سالها ؟ ..من با ایشان‎ (لیلا) درس ندارم… امروز..من کلاس من دوست دارم.. در ادبیات فارسی .. گرچه , گلستان سعدی بسیار سخت است.. ایشان (لیلا) به من کمک کرد….. (ایشان معنی کلمات و تلفظ و بیان را توضیح داد)… من نمی توانم صبر کنم..برای…

September 8, 2018
September 8, 2018

Muhammad

من یاد گرفتم .. رباعیات .. این شعر فلسفی است..درباره.. مرده , جهان ,زندگی ,حیات ,عمر .حالا..من میفهمم..درباره..حیات در دنیا.. مدرس لیلا گفت..این شعر جهانی است. مدرس لیلا بهترین مدرس است!!.. یک روز..من می خواهم شعر را در فارسی بنویسم 😀

September 8, 2018
August 30, 2018

Emka

Leila is an amazing teacher! I have learned so much from her about classical Persian — even with the most difficult texts, she is able to clearly explain them to me. But most important is the enthusiasm and beauty with which she explains things: I not only understand the meaning,…

August 30, 2018
July 13, 2018

茹慧蒂/Rita

Leila is an amazing professional teacher! She makes sure I have progress at all aspects of language, takes time to explain complex things and repeats until I remember. She is also very patient and very kind. Highly recommend for everyone who wants to study Persian seriously!

July 13, 2018
June 18, 2018

Gemma

A really enjoyable lesson covering conversation, writing and poetry! After the conversation portion, Leila gave really detailed, useful corrections and pointers without ever interrupting the flow, which I really appreciated. I’m also really enjoying learning more of the symbolism and meaning behind Persian poetry!

June 18, 2018
June 7, 2018

Emka

We read through the (challenging!) opening lines of the Shahnama, as well as a short poem by Shahid Balkhi. In addition to working through the meanings of the texts themselves, Leila also explained the poetic forms and the historical significance of them too. An amazing class!

June 7, 2018
June 1, 2018

Emka

Today we read one of the ghazals of Sadi and Leila did an amazing job explaining the deeper Sufi significance of the poem, which on my own I was definitely struggling to understand!

June 1, 2018
May 3, 2018

Emka

Leila is an amazing teacher, and in each class I learn a little bit more about how to read classical Persian literature. She expertly helps me understand texts that would otherwise feel intimidating and even impossible — and in the process makes them fun and accessible.

May 3, 2018
April 12, 2018

Emka

A great step-by-step examination of a classical Persian poem! I often find poetry intimidating but Leila made the material approachable and easy to understand.

April 12, 2018
February 16, 2018

Victoria B

Leila is a wonderful teacher, and she’s perfect for both the beginners and the more advanced students. In the time we’ve studied together, I’ve learned so much. Not only does she help me with the technical aspects of the language learning, she makes me understand and appreciate deeper the complexity…

February 16, 2018
January 27, 2018

Perin

Leila is truly an amazing teacher for so many reasons. She is a skilled teacher and always kind, patient, and attentive. She is genuinely interested in her students and works on their specific needs. For example, I am currently at a low advanced level and have been doing academic research…

January 27, 2018
January 25, 2018

Brian

Leila is very good at explaining Classical Persian literature and how it differs from Modern Persian. She helped bring out the humor and wit in Saadi’s Gulistan, at the same time as helping my speaking and understanding of modern Persian by rephrasing and translating the expressions in the text into…

January 25, 2018
January 12, 2018

Victoria B

As always, excellent! Leila is very patient, supportive and we learn a lot of great vocabulary during our lesson. Whether one is a beginner or an advanced student, her lessons will surely help one improve rapidly. I always look forest to studying together.

January 12, 2018
December 29, 2017

茹慧蒂/Rita

A kind, inspiring and supportive teacher that excites you with the language! I have started studying Persian with Leila from the very beginning, and she is both very patient while I am making the first steps, but makes sure we’re making progress fast! THANK YOU!!!

December 29, 2017
December 1, 2017

Georgina

I love my lessons with Leila. She always pushes me to do more and use more complicated sentences, and is always patient. Today she said she can tell I am more confident in speaking, and that was really nice to hear. Thank you Leila 🙂

December 1, 2017
November 15, 2017

Georgina

Leila is a fantastic teacher and is always so patient. I find pronouns difficult but she was happy to explain them again until I understood. I always enjoy me classes and can feel myself improving.

November 15, 2017
November 3, 2017

Alex Williams

Excellent lesson! Discussed a film recommended to me by Leila that I watched. I tried really hard to express my opinions on it and Leila helped a lot. I learned a lot of new words and sentences. Thank you for always being so patient!

November 3, 2017
October 21, 2017

Gail Brooks

Another great lesson! I really like how Leila isn’t afraid to stop me when I’m talking and correct me and tell me when I do something wrong. She really wants to make sure her students not only know how to speak Farsi, but the cultural aspects of it all too.

October 21, 2017
October 20, 2017

Gail Brooks

Leila really knows what to do to help her students become more comfortable. She knows that I can pronounce words in Farsi and my only my lack of confidence is holding me back. So, she make sure that I speak as much as I can and even has me do…

October 20, 2017
September 30, 2017

Gail Brooks

Beyond being a great teacher, she is very understanding. I told her that I was unable to study much for my lesson due to academic responsibilities. She told me it was fine and that if I could just practice 1 hour a week it would be fine. I aim to…

September 30, 2017
September 29, 2017

Alex Williams

Great lesson! Leila is very patient as I’m struggling to say a lot of the sentences I’ve previously prepared. She is continuously extremely helpful in correcting them and helping me with proper pronunciation and grammar. Looking forward to the next class, thank you!

September 29, 2017
August 28, 2017

Gail Brooks

خیلی ممنونلیلا I hope I spelled that all right! Again, another great lesson with Leila. She really knows how to teach her students. She knows I am in medical school and also knows how badly I want to learn Farsi. She assigns me homework that will challenge me (memorizing words,…

August 28, 2017
August 7, 2017

Gail Brooks

Kheili mamnoon Leila! Thank you so much! She is EXACTLY the teacher I was looking for. I prefer structured lessons, very structured lessons, akin to textbooks. Leila was able to provide that. She made learning the alphabet seem so natural by grouping them together. I am beyond excited to continue…

August 7, 2017
January 27, 2017

Victoria B

A wonderful, supportive and inspiring teacher. We have been studying for the past few months, and I’m enjoying every class tremendously. Thank you very much!

January 27, 2017
September 19, 2016

Betsy

We focused on conversation today and, with much help from Leila, I was able to talk for almost an hour about my experiences in Egypt. I made a million mistakes, which Leila kindly and patiently corrected. My fear of sounding stupid usually stops me from developing communicative skills; I am…

September 19, 2016
September 9, 2016

Betsy

I appreciate Leila khanum’s emphasis on speaking. That is always my weakest language skill. I spoke (with a lot of help) for about half an hour today, and although my speech was not very fluid, it was still productive and a great way to build vocabulary. Between lessons, I have…

September 9, 2016
August 29, 2016

Betsy

Leila khanum is so patient and kind! She again provided me with valuable feedback. To develop my speaking skills, she said I must improve my listening comprehension. She is absolutely correct! Input must come before output. I need more exposure to the language — there is no other way. I…

August 29, 2016
August 22, 2016

Betsy

My lessons with Leila are rich and productive. I particularly appreciate her honest assessments. Today, for example, she advised me to improve my use of objective pronouns. If a teacher can give me concrete feedback, as Leila did, I value that more than a thousand praises because this enables me…

August 22, 2016
August 15, 2016

Betsy

I thoroughly enjoyed today’s lesson. Leila was very patient in helping me through my pronunciation difficulties and seemed to understand exactly what I was trying to say, even though I couldn’t say it very well. I like the structure and composition of her lessons (speaking, reading, vocabulary development, etc.) and…

August 15, 2016
July 10, 2016

Rob

Leila is very serious and knowledgeable about the Persian language. I have some experience with Persian, so we reviewed the alphabet and worked on writing some letters and pronunciation. It was a good refresher. She uses an introductory Persian course book to aid in learning the Persian script with a…

July 10, 2016
June 13, 2016

Anonymous university professor in USA

Leila is fantastic: professional, warm, extremely knowledgeable. This initial session was primarily devoted to discussing our learning program (focused on Persian literature, which is Leila’s specialty), but she also offered me an enlightening introduction to Persian poetry. I look forward to future lessons. * This testimonial is from a university…

June 13, 2016
January 2, 2016

Kashif

Salaam Leila, Thank you very much – I am finding the lessons very useful I was hoping next time – could we spend a few lessons going through how a present tense verb becomes past tense…with a few examples. Also – I would appreciate it if you could send me…

January 2, 2016
December 13, 2015

Jeremy Mikal

Leila was a wonderful teacher! Very helpful, kind, and patient. I most certainly recommend Leila to all other students wanting to learn and/or improve their language skills. خيلى خوب

December 13, 2015
October 4, 2015

Cedric

All beginnings are difficult! The first lessons are of course quite hard. To learn to read Farsi takes time and requires efforts, but the culture the language will give access to is worth it. Leila’s help and explanations are priceless in those first stages. !خيلى ممنون

October 4, 2015
June 5, 2015

တိုင်လာ Tyler 郝樂

Leila was really an excellent teacher. The lesson was really well prepared and I know that next time it will be even better now that she has a better idea of my current Farsi level. Based off of this first lesson I definitely will be taking more lessons with her.

June 5, 2015
December 6, 2023

Marlies

Leila is a passionate language teacher woh is fully focused on her students’ needs. Every lesson is clearly structured, the homework is meaningful and always relates to the lesson as a wrap-up and to prepare for the next lesson. She always addresses my wishes and tailors the lessons to my…

December 6, 2023
September 29, 2023

Mariam Nouri

Leila is an amazing teacher. She is very patient and tries to elevate your strengths and helps you work on improvement. She is very knowledgeable and helpful, and her positivity and decorum made every session delightful. I needed to make my speaking skills sound more professional and intuitive. She was…

September 29, 2023
August 16, 2023

Emily

Leila is wonderful! Despite me knowing so little, we can speak for an entire hour with very little English. She guides and rephrases my sentences without making me prohibitively self conscious about my mistakes. When she answers my questions about grammar and formality, she makes the nuances seem very distinct…

August 16, 2023
May 28, 2023

Christian Jauvin

I had my first lesson with Leila and I’m very satisfied, as she seems particularly good at adjusting her style and ways to my own learning style and peculiarities, which makes me feel like I am going to learn efficiently and fast.

May 28, 2023
April 30, 2023

Boris

I think today was my 21st lesson with Leila! And I want to say I’m still as encouraged as I was during my very first lesson when Leila introduced the Persian alphabet to me! For me, Leila is a perfect teacher. Besides textbook material, Leila shares with me her own…

April 30, 2023
November 23, 2022

Marlies

Leila is an amazing teacher. She cusomizes the lessons according to my needs and does a great effort in between lessons by recording her voice and sending it to me to train my listening and pronounciation skills. She is highly qualified and every lesson is so much fun and so…

November 23, 2022
October 12, 2022

Paul Neaum

Leila is an excellent teacher who quickly grasps your needs as a student, remembers everything that you have done together and can explain the various grammar points clearly. She is friendly, has a lovely sense of humour and is serious about her work.

October 12, 2022
August 28, 2022

Polly

Leila is a wonderful farsi teacher. i have started my lesson with her 4 months ago as a total beginner. Now i can have simple conversation and improving everyday. She is very patient and design the class according to my need, my weak area, my interests and, my ability. She…

August 28, 2022
August 24, 2022

Marlies

Very good teacher. Speaks slowly and very pronounced to it is great for beginners to follow. Customizes the sessions according to your needs and requirements. Effective note-taking and homework. ! آفرین

August 24, 2022
August 23, 2022

Artemisia

Leila is a very good teacher. She has good lesson plans and also gives homework. The way she explains the material is helpful, and I have noticed improvement in my speaking/understanding of Farsi.

August 23, 2022
June 19, 2022

Siyeon

I am so glad I was able to find Leila on italki. I have been wanting to study classical Persian poems in the original, and she has been the perfect person to take on that journey. With her expertise and attention to nuances, she brings classical poets to life. I’ve…

June 19, 2022
June 10, 2022

Uta

It was only my third lesson with Leila and already I learned so much and I like and estimate her immensely. It is a shame though that because of international political sanctions gifted and highly trained teachers like her are to be excluded from sharing their knowledge.

June 10, 2022
June 8, 2022

Amir Sadjadi

Excellent teacher. She swiftly recognized my need areas and thoughtfully recommended a clear plan to pave the way towards achieving the goals. I look forwards to continuing my lessons under Mrs. Leila’s supervision and guidance!

June 8, 2022
May 29, 2022

Jesse Rosenberg

Today Leila taught us the passive voice. Every lesson we learn something new and interesting, and Leila always has an interesting way of presenting the material. She creates helpful assignments and gives us lots of practice and encouragement! A truly wonderful teacher.

May 29, 2022
March 20, 2022

Vince Kajzinger

Overall, I’m really enjoying the lessons so far. She is kind and polite and explains things very clearly. Also I really like how the classes are structured and how she encourages speaking in Persian as much as possible.

March 20, 2022
December 19, 2021

Bam

Thank you dear Leila jan for all your help so far, learning with you has opened up so many doors of possibilities. Looking forward to what else may come. Thank you

December 19, 2021
November 21, 2021

Jesse Rosenberg

This was an especially enjoyable lesson, because in addition to conversation, reading and vocabulary, we also had a wonderful mini-lesson in Persian literature (the 10th-century epic poem “Shanameh”). Leila is such a great teacher!

November 21, 2021
October 23, 2021

Jesse Rosenberg

Leila is an outstanding teacher, experienced in all areas of instruction: conversation, grammar, and enough cultural background to help her students grasp the significance of what they’re learning. In addition to her skill and erudition, she also makes lessons very enjoyable! I strongly recommend her to anyone interested in studying…

October 23, 2021
September 15, 2021

Anna

Learning Persian with Leila has been a great experience. She is very patient and always encouraging. She introduces a variety of activities, which help me develop my skills. She gives valuable feedback that helps me to improve.

September 15, 2021
July 19, 2020

Azareen Oloomi

This was an exceptional lesson. She is fantastic. Thorough, kind and knowledgable. I will be working with her long term.

July 19, 2020
July 7, 2019

Perin

I love my lessons with Leila! She really goes out of her way to be helpful and engaging. It feels like I am learning while chatting with a close friend. خیلی ممنون!

July 7, 2019
June 29, 2019

Nuray

A great lesson with Leila like all her lessons, stimulating and very informative. I always learn new things with her. She is very patient and is ready to always repeat any grammatical issues that I had problems with. It is really enjoyable to learn Farsi with Leila

June 29, 2019
June 8, 2019

Nuray

Layla explains all issues necessary for me and any student to know about the Farsi language. She makes all classes easy to understand and encourages me always to learn more. If I don’t understand something, she never tires to explain it again and again.

June 8, 2019
April 20, 2019

Nuray

The lessons with Leila are valuable because she is very detailed and explains Persian grammar and vocabulary in a very efficient and understandable way. Leila is very patient and works on the student’s needs in order to help him or her to advance in the comprehension of the language. She…

April 20, 2019
December 21, 2018

Gemma

Leila is a wonderful teacher! Our conversations cover a wide variety of topics and we always have interesting discussions. More importantly, is she able to give very useful and detailed feedback and corrections without ever interrupting the flow of the conversation. Both my speaking and writing have improved leaps and…

December 21, 2018
November 16, 2018

Kash

I slept in and missed our original time, but Leila was kind enough to fit me in for another class afterward. Always very supportive and kind. Can’t recommend enough!

November 16, 2018
July 13, 2018

茹慧蒂/Rita

Leila is an amazing professional teacher! She makes sure I have progress at all aspects of language, takes time to explain complex things and repeats until I remember. She is also very patient and very kind. Highly recommend for everyone who wants to study Persian seriously!

July 13, 2018
June 18, 2018

Gemma

A really enjoyable lesson covering conversation, writing and poetry! After the conversation portion, Leila gave really detailed, useful corrections and pointers without ever interrupting the flow, which I really appreciated. I’m also really enjoying learning more of the symbolism and meaning behind Persian poetry!

June 18, 2018
February 16, 2018

Victoria B

Leila is a wonderful teacher, and she’s perfect for both the beginners and the more advanced students. In the time we’ve studied together, I’ve learned so much. Not only does she help me with the technical aspects of the language learning, she makes me understand and appreciate deeper the complexity…

February 16, 2018
January 27, 2018

Perin

Leila is truly an amazing teacher for so many reasons. She is a skilled teacher and always kind, patient, and attentive. She is genuinely interested in her students and works on their specific needs. For example, I am currently at a low advanced level and have been doing academic research…

January 27, 2018
January 12, 2018

Victoria B

As always, excellent! Leila is very patient, supportive and we learn a lot of great vocabulary during our lesson. Whether one is a beginner or an advanced student, her lessons will surely help one improve rapidly. I always look forest to studying together.

January 12, 2018
December 29, 2017

茹慧蒂/Rita

A kind, inspiring and supportive teacher that excites you with the language! I have started studying Persian with Leila from the very beginning, and she is both very patient while I am making the first steps, but makes sure we’re making progress fast! THANK YOU!!!

December 29, 2017
December 1, 2017

Georgina

I love my lessons with Leila. She always pushes me to do more and use more complicated sentences, and is always patient. Today she said she can tell I am more confident in speaking, and that was really nice to hear. Thank you Leila 🙂

December 1, 2017
November 15, 2017

Georgina

Leila is a fantastic teacher and is always so patient. I find pronouns difficult but she was happy to explain them again until I understood. I always enjoy me classes and can feel myself improving.

November 15, 2017
November 3, 2017

Alex Williams

Excellent lesson! Discussed a film recommended to me by Leila that I watched. I tried really hard to express my opinions on it and Leila helped a lot. I learned a lot of new words and sentences. Thank you for always being so patient!

November 3, 2017
October 21, 2017

Gail Brooks

Another great lesson! I really like how Leila isn’t afraid to stop me when I’m talking and correct me and tell me when I do something wrong. She really wants to make sure her students not only know how to speak Farsi, but the cultural aspects of it all too.

October 21, 2017
October 20, 2017

Gail Brooks

Leila really knows what to do to help her students become more comfortable. She knows that I can pronounce words in Farsi and my only my lack of confidence is holding me back. So, she make sure that I speak as much as I can and even has me do…

October 20, 2017
August 28, 2017

Gail Brooks

خیلی ممنونلیلا I hope I spelled that all right! Again, another great lesson with Leila. She really knows how to teach her students. She knows I am in medical school and also knows how badly I want to learn Farsi. She assigns me homework that will challenge me (memorizing words,…

August 28, 2017
August 7, 2017

Gail Brooks

Kheili mamnoon Leila! Thank you so much! She is EXACTLY the teacher I was looking for. I prefer structured lessons, very structured lessons, akin to textbooks. Leila was able to provide that. She made learning the alphabet seem so natural by grouping them together. I am beyond excited to continue…

August 7, 2017
January 27, 2017

Victoria B

A wonderful, supportive and inspiring teacher. We have been studying for the past few months, and I’m enjoying every class tremendously. Thank you very much!

January 27, 2017
September 19, 2016

Betsy

We focused on conversation today and, with much help from Leila, I was able to talk for almost an hour about my experiences in Egypt. I made a million mistakes, which Leila kindly and patiently corrected. My fear of sounding stupid usually stops me from developing communicative skills; I am…

September 19, 2016
September 9, 2016

Betsy

I appreciate Leila khanum’s emphasis on speaking. That is always my weakest language skill. I spoke (with a lot of help) for about half an hour today, and although my speech was not very fluid, it was still productive and a great way to build vocabulary. Between lessons, I have…

September 9, 2016
August 29, 2016

Betsy

Leila khanum is so patient and kind! She again provided me with valuable feedback. To develop my speaking skills, she said I must improve my listening comprehension. She is absolutely correct! Input must come before output. I need more exposure to the language — there is no other way. I…

August 29, 2016
August 22, 2016

Betsy

My lessons with Leila are rich and productive. I particularly appreciate her honest assessments. Today, for example, she advised me to improve my use of objective pronouns. If a teacher can give me concrete feedback, as Leila did, I value that more than a thousand praises because this enables me…

August 22, 2016
August 15, 2016

Betsy

I thoroughly enjoyed today’s lesson. Leila was very patient in helping me through my pronunciation difficulties and seemed to understand exactly what I was trying to say, even though I couldn’t say it very well. I like the structure and composition of her lessons (speaking, reading, vocabulary development, etc.) and…

August 15, 2016
July 10, 2016

Rob

Leila is very serious and knowledgeable about the Persian language. I have some experience with Persian, so we reviewed the alphabet and worked on writing some letters and pronunciation. It was a good refresher. She uses an introductory Persian course book to aid in learning the Persian script with a…

July 10, 2016
January 2, 2016

Kashif

Salaam Leila, Thank you very much – I am finding the lessons very useful I was hoping next time – could we spend a few lessons going through how a present tense verb becomes past tense…with a few examples. Also – I would appreciate it if you could send me…

January 2, 2016
December 13, 2015

Jeremy Mikal

Leila was a wonderful teacher! Very helpful, kind, and patient. I most certainly recommend Leila to all other students wanting to learn and/or improve their language skills. خيلى خوب

December 13, 2015
October 4, 2015

Cedric

All beginnings are difficult! The first lessons are of course quite hard. To learn to read Farsi takes time and requires efforts, but the culture the language will give access to is worth it. Leila’s help and explanations are priceless in those first stages. !خيلى ممنون

October 4, 2015
June 5, 2015

တိုင်လာ Tyler 郝樂

Leila was really an excellent teacher. The lesson was really well prepared and I know that next time it will be even better now that she has a better idea of my current Farsi level. Based off of this first lesson I definitely will be taking more lessons with her.

June 5, 2015
December 15, 2023

Daisy

I have taken 57 classes with Leila in the last year and a half, and it has been an incredible experience and total joy. When I first met her, I had studied Persian on and off for many years, but my speaking was pretty rusty. I was also very interested…

December 15, 2023
August 19, 2023

Yui

I took the Persian poetry-reading class for the first time with Leila. She is knowledgable, professional and reliable teacher – I found the way she explains and paraphrases each line was very helpful in understanding the meaning and nuance of the poetry. Highly recommended!

August 19, 2023
November 15, 2022

Uta

I’m really looking forward to every lesson. Not only because Leila likes reading poetry as much as I do but also because she has a really deep understanding and is able to explain and interprete every poem so that I can grasp its beauty. She is an extraordinary person and…

November 15, 2022
August 30, 2022

Uta

Leila was as wonderful as always. I’m really looking forward to every lesson. She is so smart and well read. And soooo patient. She is a perfect teacher.

August 30, 2022
August 22, 2022

Daisy

Leila is the best teacher!!! She makes learning classical poetry easy, fun and meaningful, and dedicates a lot of extra time to helping me. Thank you!

August 22, 2022
September 15, 2021

Mikuru

She is a very good teacher! I learned basic Persian in college, but I continue to study Iranian literature with her. She teaches with full-fledged literary knowledge, from classical poetry such as Saadi and Rumi to contemporary novels.

September 15, 2021
October 14, 2020

Leili

Another superb lesson. Particularly like all the beautiful tangents our lessons take and related material Leila introduces me to. Highly recommend 👍🏼

October 14, 2020
June 21, 2020

Leili

Great first Shahnameh lesson. We read the first part of Seyavash’s trial by fire. Looking forward to the second half! Leila prepared a document with the story and meaning of difficult words. Highly recommend Shahnameh khani with her 🙂

June 21, 2020
May 4, 2019

Emka

Class with Leila is always amazing and this class was no exception. For anyone interested in understanding the nuances and beauty of classical Persian, there is no one better!

May 4, 2019
March 15, 2019

Emka

Another terrific lesson! We have been reading an excerpt from Attar, and it’s been really fascinating and enriching to read with Leila.

March 15, 2019
February 2, 2019

Emka

Had an amazing lesson with Leila, as always, reading some short Sufi/mystical texts. I feel so lucky to have a teacher with such deep knowledge of classical Persian! Although I still have so much to learn, I have made such progress in the last few months reading the classical literature,…

February 2, 2019
December 6, 2018

Emka

Leila was amazing as always! Reading classical Persian literature with her has made the texts come alive for me in away that I have not experienced with other teachers. Not only do I understand much more, but I have a real feeling for the deeper meanings and symbolisms, as well…

December 6, 2018
October 4, 2018

Emka

Leila is amazing. Reading with her, I finally feel like I am getting to a place of more deeply understanding and engaging with classical Persian literature, after years of studying the language elsewhere. She always takes the time to work through anything I don’t understand, and explains the larger context…

October 4, 2018
September 8, 2018

Muhammad

بطور نزدیک / تقریبا ۲ سالها ؟ ..من با ایشان‎ (لیلا) درس ندارم… امروز..من کلاس من دوست دارم.. در ادبیات فارسی .. گرچه , گلستان سعدی بسیار سخت است.. ایشان (لیلا) به من کمک کرد….. (ایشان معنی کلمات و تلفظ و بیان را توضیح داد)… من نمی توانم صبر کنم..برای…

September 8, 2018
September 8, 2018

Muhammad

من یاد گرفتم .. رباعیات .. این شعر فلسفی است..درباره.. مرده , جهان ,زندگی ,حیات ,عمر .حالا..من میفهمم..درباره..حیات در دنیا.. مدرس لیلا گفت..این شعر جهانی است. مدرس لیلا بهترین مدرس است!!.. یک روز..من می خواهم شعر را در فارسی بنویسم 😀

September 8, 2018
August 30, 2018

Emka

Leila is an amazing teacher! I have learned so much from her about classical Persian — even with the most difficult texts, she is able to clearly explain them to me. But most important is the enthusiasm and beauty with which she explains things: I not only understand the meaning,…

August 30, 2018
June 7, 2018

Emka

We read through the (challenging!) opening lines of the Shahnama, as well as a short poem by Shahid Balkhi. In addition to working through the meanings of the texts themselves, Leila also explained the poetic forms and the historical significance of them too. An amazing class!

June 7, 2018
June 1, 2018

Emka

Today we read one of the ghazals of Sadi and Leila did an amazing job explaining the deeper Sufi significance of the poem, which on my own I was definitely struggling to understand!

June 1, 2018
May 3, 2018

Emka

Leila is an amazing teacher, and in each class I learn a little bit more about how to read classical Persian literature. She expertly helps me understand texts that would otherwise feel intimidating and even impossible — and in the process makes them fun and accessible.

May 3, 2018
April 12, 2018

Emka

A great step-by-step examination of a classical Persian poem! I often find poetry intimidating but Leila made the material approachable and easy to understand.

April 12, 2018
January 25, 2018

Brian

Leila is very good at explaining Classical Persian literature and how it differs from Modern Persian. She helped bring out the humor and wit in Saadi’s Gulistan, at the same time as helping my speaking and understanding of modern Persian by rephrasing and translating the expressions in the text into…

January 25, 2018
June 13, 2016

Anonymous university professor in USA

Leila is fantastic: professional, warm, extremely knowledgeable. This initial session was primarily devoted to discussing our learning program (focused on Persian literature, which is Leila’s specialty), but she also offered me an enlightening introduction to Persian poetry. I look forward to future lessons. * This testimonial is from a university…

June 13, 2016
September 8, 2018

Muhammad

بطور نزدیک / تقریبا ۲ سالها ؟ ..من با ایشان‎ (لیلا) درس ندارم… امروز..من کلاس من دوست دارم.. در ادبیات فارسی .. گرچه , گلستان سعدی بسیار سخت است.. ایشان (لیلا) به من کمک کرد….. (ایشان معنی کلمات و تلفظ و بیان را توضیح داد)… من نمی توانم صبر کنم..برای…

September 8, 2018
September 8, 2018

Muhammad

من یاد گرفتم .. رباعیات .. این شعر فلسفی است..درباره.. مرده , جهان ,زندگی ,حیات ,عمر .حالا..من میفهمم..درباره..حیات در دنیا.. مدرس لیلا گفت..این شعر جهانی است. مدرس لیلا بهترین مدرس است!!.. یک روز..من می خواهم شعر را در فارسی بنویسم 😀

September 8, 2018
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