The Persian Language Foundation was a UK-registered charity, established to promote and advance Persian language-learning worldwide. The Foundation sought to do this through both the creation of freely available, high quality, Persian language-learning resources and also through the promotion and reinforcement of Persian language-teaching facilities and resources that are already in existence.
The Foundation was based in London, UK, and operated in liaison with the country’s top Persian language-teaching institutions, whilst also enjoying the support and backing of important Persian cultural and academic establishments around the world. It was founded in 2012 by Dr Ali Sattaripour, who was concerned by the lack of resources available to Persian language learners; especially members of the Persian diaspora, for whom this language provides a crucial link to their cultural heritage. Dr Sattaripour, a successful business man and philanthropist, worked tirelessly to build the Persian Language Foundation over four years, before passing away in May 2016.
Persian Language Online was the Foundation’s flagship project. It is an internet resource intended to serve as a free-to-access, comprehensive, aid to English speakers worldwide who want to learn Persian.
After developing Persian Language Online, the Foundation moved on to develop a set of mobile apps to help young children learn Persian while they play. These are free to download, and can be found on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
As of January 2019, Persian Language Online and the Gorbeh apps are owned and supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation. From 1st August 2019, IHF will begin fully administering the website and responding to emails.
Persian Language Online boasts a team of noteworthy contributors and supporters from institutions including SOAS, University of London, the University of Cambridge, theUniversity of St Andrews and Farhang Foundation.