If you are interested in learning Persian(aka Farsi), this website is helpful
I've been thinking of studying Persian, thanks for the link! Now I have a full list of resources for when I start learning it. :)
Colloquial Persian: The complete course for beginners is a great book with audio files. Don't remember the price, but if it was expensive I would have never bought it. Cool language. Best language book I've encountered too by the way if anyone is interested, look it up.
Take a cue from children. Two-year-olds are fluent in their native languageso, though with limited vocabulary and not all of the grammar, with no idea of reading. You don't have to wait that long, but you should be able to say a reasonable selection of basic words and sentences when you tackle the alphabet so that you can recognize each letter in a familiar word.
Duolingo tries to do that to a fair degree for several languages--Russian, Korean, Japanese, Hebrew, Greek--, although it fails dismally for Hindi, where the only actual word taught in the alphabet lessons is ek/one. Then you have to recognize it and translate it back and forth dozens of times.