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Learn How to Confidently Introduce Yourself In Persian

Start off the year by learning how to introduce yourself properly in Persian! Learn easily with PersianPod101 in this four-minute video!

Table of Contents

  1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Persian
  2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself
  3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Persian
  4. Why PersianPod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Persian Introductions

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1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Persian


First impressions are absolutely everything! Right? No, wrong - who you are every day is much more important. But first impressions are definitely not unimportant either. Make sure to introduce yourself correctly, as it could mean the difference between getting a job offer or a polite refusal from an employer. PersianPod101 shows you how to read, write and pronounce these self-introductions and conversation-starters like a native speaker!

But first, a tip - wait to be asked before offering personal details such as your age. Good conversation is about unspoken reciprocity, and giving too many personal details too soon can be embarrassing for your Iranian friend. Rather use phrases that encourage your friend to talk about him or herself - most people like doing that! Also, it shows you take real interest in other people.

1- Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

سلام، (از ملاقات با شما) خوشوقتم. سلام، (از ملاقات با شما) خوشوقتم.
Salaam, (az molaaghaat baa shomaa) khoshvaghtam.

This phrase is an excellent way to start an introduction. It is a greeting that immediately expresses interest in the other person.

2- My name is Maryam.

اسم من مریم است.
Esm-e man maryam ast.

Self-explanatory - just replace ‘Maryam’ with your own name! Also, pay close attention to what your new Iranian acquaintance’s name is. Remembering it will make them feel that you are really interested in him/her as a person!


3- I’m from Iran.

من ایرانی هستم.
Man irani hastam.

Sharing something about yourself is a nice conversation starter. It shows that you’re willing to engage meaningfully with the other person. In an informal setting, you can expect the other person to respond in kind. At work, this is probably information you need to volunteer only if asked. Again, remember to replace ‘Iran’ with your own country of birth!

4- I live in Tehran.

من در تهران زندگی می کنم.
Man dar tehraan zendegi mikonam.

Same as above - replace ‘Tehran’ with your town or city of abode!

5- I’ve been learning Persian for a year.

من یک سال است که دارم زبان فارسی یاد می گیرم.
Man yek saal ast ke daram zabaan-e farsi yad migiram.

Say this only if it’s true, obviously. And prepare to dazzle your audience! If you have indeed worked faithfully at your Persian for a year, you should be pretty good at it! Use this phrase after your introduction - it is likely to indicate that you wish to engage in Persian conversation.

Two people talking

6- I’m learning Persian at

من دارم زبان فارسی را در پرژن پاد وان او وان یاد می گیرم.
Man daram zabaan-e farsi raa dar perzhen paad vaan o vaan yaad migiram.

This will be the best reply if anyone asks (Very impressed, of course!) where you study Persian! Simply volunteering this information, especially in a casual conversation, could make you sound like a salesperson, and you want to avoid that. Often, an employer will want this information though, so best to memorize and have this phrase handy!

7- I’m 27 years old.

من 27 سال سن دارم.
Man bist-o-haft sal sen daram.

This is a line that may just get you a ‘TMI!’ look from a stranger if you volunteer it without being asked. He/she may not be willing to divulge such an intimate detail about him/herself right at the start of your acquaintance, so don’t force reciprocity. However, it’s a good phrase to know in a job interview; again, probably best only if your prospective Iranian employer asks. Also, remember to give your true age!

First encounter

8- I’m a teacher.

من معلم هستم.
Man moallem hastam.

You’re still offering information about yourself, which lends good momentum to keep the conversation going! Replace ‘teacher’ with your own occupation - and learn the related vocabulary with PersianPod101!

People with different jobs

9- One of my hobbies is reading.

یکی از سرگرمی های من کتاب خواندن است.
Yeki az sargarmi-haaye man ketaab khaandan ast.

Your hobby is another topic with lots of potential for starting a good conversation! People are often eager to talk about their hobbies, and why they like them!

10- I enjoy listening to music.

از گوش دادن به موسیقی لذت می برم.
Az goosh daadan be mmoosighi lezzat mibaram.

If you’re still talking about your hobbies, this would be a good line to go with the previous one. Otherwise, wait for your conversation partner to start talking about what they enjoy doing!

2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself

Introducing yourself

A correct Persian introduction will make a good impression upon meeting a person for the first time. Why is this first impression important? Simple - it gives an indication of who you are as a person. So, while you want to be truthful when representing yourself, you also need to be prepared to put your best foot forward!

First impressions are often lingering and difficult to change. In addition, it’s easier to make a negative impression than a good one, often without intending to. So, how can you make sure that your self-introduction will impress Iranian natives?

1- Research: First, research the culture! Different cultures have different social rules, and you will be halfway towards making a great first impression if you know the proper Iranian customs for self-introductions. It will also help you avoid social mistakes - sometimes, what is acceptable in one culture is insulting in another, such as making eye contact, or giving a handshake. In your culture, what is appropriate when a person introduces him or herself?

Also, be sure to distinguish between introductions in different situations, such as a formal and a social situation. There are bound to be differences in how you address people! The internet can be an important tool for this endeavor. Alternatively, you could visit your local library to search for books on this topic, or you could ask Iranian friends to explain and demonstrate their cultural habits for introductions. Honoring someone’s culture shows that you respect it, and as we know - a little respect can go a very long way in any relationship!

Someone studying

2- Study the Correct Phrases and Vocabulary: Be sure to learn Persian phrases and vocabulary that tell people who you are, and that encourage them to engage in conversation with you. Each situation will determine how to address the person you want to introduce yourself to. Also, make sure your pronunciation is correct! It would be most valuable to have Persian-speaking friends who can help you with this. Or read on for a quick phrase and video lesson on Persian introductions right here at PersianPod101!

3- Appearance: This is pretty obvious - if you want to make a good impression introducing yourself to anyone for the first time, you need to be neatly dressed and well groomed! A shabby, dirty or careless appearance and bad body odor are to be avoided at all costs; in most cultures, these will not impress!

Also, make sure to dress appropriately, not only for the occasion, but also for the culture. For instance, bare shoulders or an open-necked shirt is an acceptable gear in many Western countries. Yet, in some cultures, dressing like this could deeply offend your host. No amount of good manners and properly expressed introductions is likely to wipe out a cultural no-no! So, be sure to know how to dress, and take care with your appearance when you are about to introduce yourself to someone for the first time!

Following are some neat phrases with which you can introduce yourself in Persian, and get a conversation started too!

3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Persian

Good, you read and perhaps even memorized the preceding phrases to successfully introduce yourself in Persian! Watch this short video now to get a quick lesson on Persian grammar for these introductions, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. You will sound like a native when you can copy the presenter perfectly!

4. Why PersianPod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Persian Introductions

  • Culturally Focused Lessons: All our material is aimed not only to help you learn perfect Persian, but also to introduce you to the Iranian culture! Learn here, for instance, a list of favorite Iranian foods. Alternatively, listen to these audio lessons on Iranian culture! Studying through us could be very valuable before visiting Iran for any purpose.
  • Accurate and Correct Pronunciation & Inflection: Our hosts and voice actors are native Persian speakers of the best quality! It is important for us that you speak Persian correctly to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings and miscommunications. If you practice and can copy these presenters well, you will sound just like Persian natives and your introduction will be easily understood!
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  • Learn to Read and Write in Persian: We don’t only teach you to speak, you can also learn to read and write in Persian! This way you can express your Persian introduction in more than one way and be thoroughly prepared.
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Whatever your needs are for learning Persian, make sure to do it through PersianPod101, and you will never have to google: “How do I introduce myself in Persian” again!

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What is Nowruz? Celebrate the Persian New Year!

The first day of spring for Iranians is the beginning of nature’s cycle, the ending of the current year to start the new one. This is the time when day and night are equal, nature has passed through the cold weather, and moderate weather begins.

The ground wakes from winter sleep, and restarts life and movement again.

Nowruz feast, which is one of the oldest existing customs of the world, has seen some small changes during its history, but still remains and has always been important as a national ritual. Thus, learning about Nowruz traditions and other facts about Nowruz in Iran is vital to understanding the country’s rich culture.

At, we hope to make this culture delving both fun and enlightening. So let’s get started!

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1. What is Persian New Year?

Persian New Year (also called Nowruz), is the Persian celebration of the coming of spring. It’s a day full of family and festivities, and is, of course, dripping with tradition. There are many Persian New Year traditions that are observed each year, from Nowruz foods to Persian New Year gifts. And of course, Persian New Year greetings.

2. When is Nowruz?

Clock Indicating Midnight

The date of Persian New Year is fascinating, as it takes place on the vernal equinox, marking the beginning of spring. Typically, celebrations take place on March 21, but sometimes it’s celebrated on March 20 or March 22 instead.

3. How is Nowruz Celebrated?

Drummers in a Parade

So, how is Nowruz celebrated? Read the Persian text below to find out (you can find the English translation directly below it).


فعالیت های نوروزی در واقع مدتها پیش از عید آغاز می شوند. یکی از این فعالیت ها «خانه تکانی» است که با نزدیک شدن به سال جدید٬ شور و شوق آن در میان مردم اوج می گیرد. در هر خانه ای اعضای خانواده شروع به نظافت٬ شست و شو٬ و مرتب کردن اطراف محل زندگی خود می شوند٬ تا برای شب عید ظاهری تمیز و آراسته داشته باشد. به این اعمال «خانه تکانی» گفته می شود که به معنی تکاندن و زدودن گرد و غبار از خانه می باشد. سپس همگی با پوشیدن لباس های نو و یا تر و تمیز به انتظار تحویل سال جدید می نشینند.

با شنیدن اسم نوروز به یاد سفرهٔ هفت سین می افتیم. سفرهٔ هفت سین عبارت است از مجموعه ای از اشیاء و خوردنی هایی که روی میز یا پارچه ای می چینند و همگی با حرف «سین» از الفبای فارسی شروع می شوند. این اشیاء که هر کدام نشانگر مفاهیم خاصی مانند خیر و برکت هستند معمولاً عبارت اند از- سنجد٬ سیب٬ سبزه٬ سمنو٬ سیر٬ سرکه٬ سماق٬ و سکه. آینه٬ شمع، ماهی قرمز، تخم مرغ رنگی و کتاب دیوان حافظ نیز از دیگر تزئینات سفرهٔ هفت سین می باشند. اعضای خانواده دور این سفره جمع شده عید را به یکدیگر تبریک می گوید و افراد مسن تر به جوان تر ها به عنوان عیدی اسکناس هدیه می دهند.

از مهمترین رسومی که از ایام قدیم برای نوروز به جا مانده است٬ رفتن به «عید دیدنی» است. در این ایام٬ مردم به خانهٔ اقوام٬ دوستان و آشنایان خود می روند٬ از مهمانان خود نیز با شیرینی و آجیل و میوه پذیرایی می کنند و ساعات خوشی را در کنار هم سپری می کنند. همچنین سفر به شهر های مختلف و رفتن به دامن طبیعت نیز از عادات دلپذیر مردم ایران در عید نوروز می باشد. بدین ترتیب مردم خود را برای سالی جدید، سرشار از کار و فعالیت ، شادی و موفقیت آماده می کنند.

آیا می دانستید که برای نوروز نیز شخصیتی شبیه به بابا نوئل وجود دارد با نام «عمو نوروز»؟ او نیز پیرمرد ریش دار مهربانی است که آمدن سال نو را به مردم خبر می دهد. شخصیت دیگری نیز با نام «حاجی فیروز» با چهرهٔ سیاه شده و لباس های قرمز و طبل کوچکی در دست در خیابان ها به رقص و آواز و شیرین کاری پرداخته مردم را سرگرم می کند.


Nowruz activities, in fact, begin several days before the Eid. One of these activities is spring cleaning. As the new year approaches, happiness and enthusiasm fill the heart of people. In each house, family members begin to clean, wash, and tidy around their living areas to have a clean and tidy appearance for the Eid. These activities are called “Khane Tekani,” which literally means shaking out or removing of dust from their house. Then, all family members put on their new or clean clothes and wait for the beginning of the New Year.

When we hear Nowruz, we remember Sofre-ye Haft-Seen. Sofre-ye Haft-Seen includes a series of objects and food they set on the table or a piece of cloth, whose names begin with the sound “s” in Persian. These objects, which represent such concepts as goodness and blessings, usually include: Senjed (dried oleaster wild olive fruit), Sib (apple), Sabze (sprouts from green plants), Samanoo (sweet pudding), Sir (garlic), Serke (vinegar), Somaq (sumac), and Sekke (a coin). A mirror, candle, goldfish, colored eggs, and collection of Hafez poems are among the other decorations on Sofre-ye Haft-Seen. Family members gather around this cloth, congratulating each other on the Eid, and the older members give the younger ones paper money as New Year gifts.

One of the most important traditions that still remains from ancient times is eid didani. On these days, people visit relatives, friends, and acquaintances, receiving their guests by giving them candies, dried nuts, and fruit. They spend happy hours together. Making a trip to various towns and spending time in nature are among popular activities with Iranians on Nowruz. This way, people prepare themselves for a year full of work, activity, jubilation, and success.

Did you know that there is a character like Santa Claus for Nowruz called “Amu Nowruz” (Uncle Nowruz)? He is also a kind white bearded old man who announces the coming New Year to people. There is also another character called “Haji Firouz” with a black face and red clothes, who takes a small drum on the streets and dances, sings, and does funny things to amuse people.

4. Additional Information

The first Nowruz food eaten in the New Year is commonly “Sabzi Polo ba Maahi.” The hope for the greenness and productivity of nature, the bounty of rice, the active movements of the fish, and the symbol of appreciating the bounties of God in the New Year are some reasons for this dish’s popularity.

5. Must-know Vocab

New Year Fireworks

Here’s some vocabulary you should know for the Persian New Year!

  • سال (saal) — year
  • نیمه شب (nime shab) — midnight
  • روز آغاز سال نو (rooz-e aaqaaz-e saal-e no) — New Year’s Day
  • میهمانی (mihmaani) — party
  • شامپاین (shaampaayn) — champagne
  • آتش بازى (aatash baazi) — firework
  • رقص (raqs) — dancing
  • جشن (jashn) — celebration
  • به سلامتی (be salaamati) — toast
  • شب سال نو (shab-e saal-e no) — New Year’s Eve
  • شمارش معکوس (shomaaresh-e ma’koos) — countdown
  • تصمیم (tasmim) — resolution
  • تعطیلات سال نو (ta’tilaat-e saal-e no) — New Year’s Holiday
  • کاغذ رنگی (kaaqaz rangi) — confetti
  • رژه (rezhe) — parade
  • To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, check out our Persian New Year vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio of its pronunciation.


    Now you know about Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration. Does your country celebrate the New Year similarly to Iran, or are celebrations in your country different? Let us know in the comments!

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    Know that your hard work will soon reap benefits, and you’ll be speaking Persian like a native before you know it. In the meantime, reward your efforts with a nice glass of shaampaayn. ;)

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    How to Say I Love You in Persian - Romantic Word List

    Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Persian could be just what you need to find it.

    Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Persian partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At PersianPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Persian lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Persian dating easy for you.

    Table of Contents

    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
    4. Persian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
    5. Persian Quotes about Love
    6. Marriage Proposal Lines
    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
    8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Persian Faster?

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    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

    So, you have met your Persian love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Persian word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Persian date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

    Persian Date Phrases

    Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

    • دوست داری شام با هم بریم بیرون؟
    • doost daari shaam baa ham berim biroon.

    The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Persian is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

    Are you free this weekend?

    • این آخرهفته آزادی؟
    • ein aakhar-e hafteh aazaadi?

    This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

    Would you like to hang out with me?

    • دوست داری با هم باشیم؟
    • doost daari baa ham baashim?

    You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

    What time shall we meet tomorrow?

    • فردا چه ساعتی ملاقات کنیم؟
    • fardaa cheh saa’ati molaaqaat konim?

    Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

    Where shall we meet?

    • کجا ملاقات کنیم؟
    • kojaa molaaqaat konim?

    You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

    You look great.

    • چقدرخوشگل شدی.
    • cheqadr khoshgel shodi.

    A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

    You are so cute.

    • خیلی نازی.
    • kheili naazi.

    If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

    What do you think of this place?

    • نظرت در باره اینجا چیه؟
    • nazaret dar baareh-ye einja chiyeh?

    This another good conversation starter. Show off your Persian language skills!

    Can I see you again?

    • میتونم دوباره ببینمت؟
    • mitoonam dobaareh bebinamet?

    So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

    Shall we go somewhere else?

    • می خوای بریم یه جای دیگه؟
    • mikhaai berim yeh jaay-e digeh?

    If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

    I know a good place.

    • یه جای خوب می شناسم.
    • yeh jaay-e khoob mishnaasam.

    Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

    I will drive you home.

    • میرسونمت خونه با ماشین.
    • miresoonamet khooneh baa maashin.

    If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

    That was a great evening.

    • شب خیلی خوبی بود.
    • shab-e kheili khoobi bood.

    This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

    When can I see you again?

    • کی می تونم باز ببینمت؟
    • key mitoonam baaz bebinamet?

    If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

    I’ll call you.

    • بهت زنگ میزنم.
    • behet zang mizanam.

    Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

    You learned all the Persian phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Persian below!

    Date Ideas in Persian


    • موزه
    • Mooze

    If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

    candlelit dinner

    • شام رمانتیک
    • shaam-e romaantic

    A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

    go to the zoo

    • رفتن به باغ وحش
    • raftan beh baagh-e vahsh

    This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

    go for a long walk

    • رفتن برای پیاده روی طولانی
    • raftan baraay-e piyaadeh ravi-e toolaani

    Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

    go to the opera

    • رفتن به اپرا
    • raftan beh operaa

    This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

    go to the aquarium

    • رفتن به آکواریوم
    • raftan beh aakvaariom

    Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

    walk on the beach

    • قدم زدن در ساحل
    • qadam zadan dar saahel

    This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

    have a picnic

    • پیک نیک رفتن
    • pik nik raftan

    If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

    cook a meal together

    • با هم غذا پختن
    • baa ham ghazaa pokhtan

    If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

    have dinner and see a movie

    • شام خوردن و فیلم دیدن
    • shaam khordan va film didan

    This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

    Valentine's Day Words in Persian

    Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Persian - think how impressed your date will be!

    4. Persian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

    So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Persian yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Persian? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Persian love on this special day!

    Valentine's Day Words in Persian

    You mean so much to me.

    • تو خیلی برای من ارزشمندی.
    • to kheili baraaye man arzeshmandi.

    This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

    Will you be my Valentine?

    • ولنتاین با من خواهی بود؟
    • valentaayn baa man khaahi bood?

    With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

    You’re so beautiful.

    • خیلی زیبایی.
    • kheili zibaayi.

    If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Persian, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

    I think of you as more than a friend.

    • بیش از یک دوست روی شما حساب می‌کنم.
    • bish az yek doost rooye shomaa hesaab mikonam.

    Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Persian dating culture.

    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    • صد قلب هم برای رساندن همه عشق من به تو خیلی کم است.
    • sad qalb ham baraaye resaandan-e hameye eshq-e man be to kheili kam ast.

    You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    • عشق فقط عشق است. این هرگز قابل وصف نیست.
    • eshq faqat eshq ast. in hargez qaabel-e vasf nist.

    If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

    You’re so handsome.

    • خیلی خوش‌تیپ هستی.
    • kheili khosh tip hasti.

    Ladies, this phrase lets your Persian love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

    I’ve got a crush on you.

    • من بهت علاقه دارم.
    • man behet alaagheh daaram.

    If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

    You make me want to be a better man.

    • تو کاری کردی که من بخواهم مرد بهتری بشوم.
    • to kaari kardi ke man bekhaaham mard-e behtari beshavam.

    Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Persian girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

    Let all that you do be done in love.

    • بگذار هر کاری که می‌کنی برای عشق باشد.
    • Begzaar har kaari keh mikoni baraay-e eshq baashad.

    We hope.

    You are my sunshine, my love.

    • تو عشق منی، آفتاب منی.
    • to eshgh-e mani, aaftaab-e mani.

    A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

    Words can’t describe my love for you.

    • کلمات از وصف عشق من به تو عاجزند.
    • kalamaat az vasf-e eshgh-e man be to aajezand.

    Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

    We were meant to be together.

    • ما باید با هم باشیم.
    • maa baayad baa ham baashim.

    This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

    If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

    • اگر موقع خواندن این مطلب به کسی فکر می‌کنید، حتما عاشق شده‌اید.
    • agar moqe’e khaandan-e in matlab be kasi fekr mikonid, hatman aasheq shode id.

    Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

    I love you.

    • دوستتان دارم.
    • doostetaan daaram.

    Saying ‘I love you’ in Persian carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

    5. Persian Quotes about Love

    Persian Love Quotes

    You’re a love champ! You and your Persian lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Persian that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

    6. Marriage Proposal Lines

    Persian Marriage Proposal Lines

    Wow. Your Persian lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Persian custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

    Persian Break-Up Lines

    Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • ما باید صحبت کنیم.
    • maa baayad sohbat konim.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • این شما نیستی. من هستم.
    • in shoma nisti. man hastam.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Persian lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • من آماده این نوع رابطه نیستم.
    • Man aamadeh-ye in noe raabeteh nistam.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • بیا فقط دوست باشیم.
    • biaa faqat doost baashim.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Persian, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • فکر می‌کنم ما نیاز به فرصت داریم.
    • fekr mikonam maa niaaz be forsat daarim.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • شایسته بهتر از این هستی.
    • shaayesteye behtar az in hasti.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • ما باید شروع به دیدن افراد دیگر کنیم .
    • maa baayad shoroo’ be didan-e afraad-e digar konim.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • من فضای شخصی خودم را می‌خواهم.
    • man fazaaye shakhsiye khodam raa mikhaaham.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • فکر کنم ما داریم خیلی سریع حرکت می‌کنیم.
    • fekr konam maa daarim kheili sari’ harekat mikonim.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • من باید روی کارم تمرکز کنم.
    • man baayad rooye kaaram tamarkoz konam.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • من به اندازه کافی برای تو خوب نیستم.
    • man be andaazeye kaafi baraaye to khoob nistam.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • من دیگر شما را دوست ندارم.
    • man digar shomaa raa doost nadaaram.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • ما دیگر حقی نسبت به یکدیگر نداریم..
    • maa digar haqi nesbat be yekdigar nadaarim.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • این برای بهترین است.
    • in baraaye behtarin ast.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • ما از هم دور شدیم.
    • Maa az ham door shodim.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Persian faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. PersianPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Persian language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Persian Faster!


    1- Being in a love relationship with your Persian speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    PersianPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Persian, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Persian even faster.

    2- Having your Persian romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Persian language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Persian lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Persian partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why PersianPod101 helps you learn Persian Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Persian is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at PersianPod101 is translated into both English and Persian. So, while your partner can help you learn Persian faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Persian Culture
    At PersianPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Iran. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Persian partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Persian Phrases
    You now have access to PersianPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Persian soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    Secret Revealed: The Best Way to Learn a Language on Your Own

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Persian Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

    Don’t worry, not only is it possible to learn Persian or any language without traditional classroom instruction: PersianPod101 has created the world’s most advanced and extensive online language learning system. Not only is PersianPod101 specifically designed to help you with learning a language on your own, it’s actually faster, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom options!

    Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning Persian or any language alone.

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    Learning Alone

    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Persian alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Persian alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Persian and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Persian Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with PersianPod101

    Learning with PersianPod101

    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Persian Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Persian conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. PersianPod101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Persian instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Persian actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Persian Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although PersianPod101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, PersianPod101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Persian learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, PersianPod101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

    • Spaced Repetition Flashcards
    • Line-by-Line Dialogue Breakdown
    • Review Quizzes
    • Voice Recording Tools to Help Perfect Pronunciation
    • Teacher Feedback and Comments for Each Lesson
    • Persian Dictionary with Pronunciation
    • Free PDF Cheat Sheets
    • And Much More!

    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Persian alone and reach your goals!


    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Persian on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    PersianPod101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, PersianPod101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

    And the best part is: With PersianPod101, you can study in bed, your car, or wherever you have a few spare minutes of time. Create your Free Lifetime Account now and get a FREE ebook to help “kickstart” your dream of learning a language on your own below!

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Persian well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Persian conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Persian greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Persian as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Persian faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Persian people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners


    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Persian conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Persian. In fact, with just a couple hundred Persian words you could have a very basic Persian conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Persian, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    PersianPod101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Persian

    Learning Persian

    For more than 10 years, PersianPod101 has been helping students learn to speak Persian by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Persian fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Persian Instructors: PersianPod101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Persian vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Persian and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Persian Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.


    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Persian. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Persian conversations or lessons is all it really takes. PersianPod101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Persian and carry a conversation quickly.

    Act now and we’ll also include a list of the most commonly used questions to keep a conversation going so you can literally get started immediately!

    How to Transform Your Daily Commute Into Learning a Language

    Learn a language during your commute!

    Today, classrooms are no longer the only or even best place to learn a new language like Persian. More and more people are finding that they can easily learn a language just about anywhere they have a few minutes of spare time, including their daily commute to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends over 50 minutes a day commuting to and from work, or over 300 hours a year.

    Rethinking Your Daily Commute to Work

    But rather than simply sitting in traffic and wasting the time, you can instead use your daily commute to literally learn Persian in just a few short months! PersianPod101 has developed specialized learning tools that you can use on your commute to work (and home again) to master the language in your spare time. Keep reading to learn how to get your free audiobook to use on your next commute so you can see for yourself how easy it is to transform “dead time” into realizing your dream of learning a new language!

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    But before we look at how to transform your commute home into a mini-classroom, let’s take a closer look at 4 reasons why traditional classroom settings just aren’t the best option for most people in today’s fast-paced world.

    • Difficulty Getting to and From Class
    • Learning on Someone Else’s Schedule
    • Very Expensive and May Cost $1,000’s to Complete
    • Can Take Years to Finally Complete Classes and Learn the Language

    The simple truth is that traditional classroom instruction is simply not a viable option for most people in today’s very fast-paced, time-starved world. Now let’s examine how you can learn a language faster, more easily, and at far less expense than traditional classes—all during your commute to work and back home again!


    3 Reasons Your Daily Commute Can Help You Master a Language

    1. The Average Commute Time is More than 300 Hours Per Year

    Between the commute to work and getting back home again, over 6 hours a week is completely wasted and not helping you reach any goals or objectives. But thanks to online language learning platforms with audiobooks and other resources that you can access during your commute, you can easily transform wasted time into tangible progress towards learning a new language. With over 300 hours available annually, your daily commute could provide you with enough time to literally master a new language each and every year!

    2. Increase Your Earning Potential While Commuting to Work

    How would you like to transform all those spare commuting hours each week into more money for a new car, house, or even a dream vacation? According to research, someone making $30,000 per year can boost their annual income by $600 or more per year by learning a second language. Added up over the course of a lifetime, you can boost your total earnings by $70,000 or more while achieving your dream of learning a new language during your daily commute!

    How? From work-at-home translation jobs to working overseas, there are many ways to leverage your second language into more money in your bank account! So instead of wasting your precious time, you can make your commute more productive and profitable and the more languages you learn, the higher your income potential.

    3. Repetition is Key to Mastering a New Language

    Not sure if it’s practical to learn another language while commuting to and from work each day? Well not only is it possible—learning in your car on the way to and from work each day can actually help you learn and master Persian or any language much faster! The simple truth is that repetition is absolutely vital to truly internalizing and mastering any language. So, if you listen to audiobooks or even audio lessons on your commute to work and then repeat the same lesson on your commute home, the information is more likely to be “locked-in” to your long-term memory!


    5 Ways PersianPod101 Makes It Easy to Learn a Language On Your Commute

    PersianPod101 has been helping people just like yourself learn and master Persian in the comfort of their home, during their daily commute, or any place they have a few minutes of spare time. Here are five features provided by PersianPod101 that make it easy to learn a new language while commuting to and from work:

    1. The Largest Collection of Audio Lessons on Planet by Native Speaking Instructors
    Every single week, PersianPod101 creates new audio lessons by native speaking instructors. All lessons are short, to the point, and guaranteed to improve your mastery of Persian.

    2. Word of the Day
    Simply exposing yourself to new information and vocabulary terms helps increase your fluency and mastery of Persian. So every single day, PersianPod101 adds a new Word of the Day for you to learn and memorize during your commute.

    3. Daily Dose Mini-Lessons
    Have a short commute to work but still want to make progress towards learning and mastering Persian? Not a problem! Our Daily Dose Mini-Lessons are 1-minute or less and designed to improve your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

    4. All Content Available on a Convenient Mobile App
    You don’t need a PC or tablet to learn Persian during your daily commute. At PersianPod101, all of our lessons, tools, and resources are available 24/7 via our Mobile App. That means you can access all of our audio lessons and other tools during your commute to work or any time you have a few spare moments!

    5. Audiobooks and Other Supplemental Resources
    In addition to the world’s largest online collection of HD audio lessons, PersianPod101 has also created several audiobooks to enhance your understanding and make it more convenient than ever to learn a language during your commute!


    The average commute time of most Americans is over 300 hours each year and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn and master a new language. In fact, you can use the “dead time” during your daily commute to learn a new language and potentially boost your lifetime earnings by up to $70,000 or more! Whatever your motivation, PersianPod101 has the tools and resources necessary to help you learn a new language each year during your commute to and from work. Act now and we’ll even provide you with a free audiobook to try out on your next commute!

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    How To Say ‘Hello’ in Persian, and Other Persian Greetings!

    How to Say Hello in Persian

    So, you’re heading for Iran to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

    However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Persian, greeting someone correctly in Persian could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Persian greetings before you embark on your journey. Persian greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Persian in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at PersianPod101.

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    1. Must-Know Persian Greetings

    Start straight away with this greeting lesson. It’s short, but it packs a punch!

    This short, but powerful lesson teaches you the basic ways to greet someone correctly in Persian! At PersianPod101, you will be taught the correct pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct times to greet in Persian. And you will have fun!

    The focus of this lesson is greetings in Persian

    Topic 1: How to greet when meeting

    Sentence from the lesson:


    The most commonly used informal greeting is:
    Salām “hi,” or “hello.” We use it when we meet someone or enter a room with people in it. We can use it for a greeting almost anywhere.
    After Salām, we almost always say “how are you?” when we meet or call someone. It might seem strange to say it every time, but this is a part of normal everyday conversation in Persian.
    The informal way of saying “Hello, how are you?” is:
    سلام, چطوری؟
    Salām, chetori?
    We use this almost every time we greet friends or close relatives.
    The formal way becomes slightly longer by adding shoma, which means “you” -
    سلام, حال شما چطوره؟
    Salām, hāl-e shomā chetore?
    Hāl means “health.”
    Hāl-e shomā Chetore, literally means “How is your health?”
    Now if you remember the last lesson, adding -et to a word made it informal.
    Therefore, if you add -et to Hāl instead of -e shomā, you make the whole sentence informal:
    Salām, hālet Chetore?
    Notice that there are many ways of saying the same phrase in Persian, making it shorter or longer. But remembering the basic words will help you get through almost any conversation!
    Literally, Salām means “Hello.” For “good morning” or good evening,” we use other phrases, but we always add Salām at the start of the greeting!
    In the morning, we say:
    سلام, صبح بخیر.
    Salām, sobh bekheir!
    Sobh is Persian for “morning,” and bekheir means “to be good.” So it really means “Wishing you a good morning.”
    In Persian, we don’t say “good afternoon” or “good evening” very much. “Good morning” and “good night” are used more often.
    During the day, the most common greeting is Salām.
    But if you really want to, you can just replace “morning” with the Persian words for “afternoon,” “evening,” or “night.”
    سلام, صبح بخیر.
    Salām, sobh bekheir!
    “Good Morning.”
    سلام, ظهر بخیر.
    Salām, zohr bekheir!
    “Good Afternoon.”
    سلام, عصر بخیر.
    Salām, asr bekheir!
    “Good Evening.”
    شب بخیر.
    Shab bekheir! means “Good Night.”
    Sobh, zohr, and asr are used in greetings when we meet someone, but when leaving we don’t say them again.
    Notice that we didn’t say Salām before Shab bekheir! meaning “Good Night.” That’s because we don’t say Shab bekheir “Good night” when we meet someone. It is only used when leaving.

    Topic 2: How to use parting expressions

    Sentence from the lesson:


    In Persian, there is only one word for saying goodbye, but there is a small difference between the formal and informal versions:
    Khodāhāfez literally means “May God protect you,” but it is used to say “Goodbye.”

    Language Tip

    In formal situations, Persian people of the same gender commonly greet each other by shaking hands. However, if we meet someone we are very friendly with, we hug and kiss each other on both cheeks. Don’t be afraid to do this with your Persian friends, and don’t be shocked when someone from the same gender tries to hug you or kiss your cheeks—it’s perfectly normal!

    Remember that this is only if both people are the same gender. In Persian countries like Iran, you cannot shake hands or hug and kiss a person from the other gender “in public.”

    2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Persian

    Persian Greetings

    Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry - at PersianPod101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Persian greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

    Here is our Persian greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

    1- Good morning.

    صبح به خیر.
    sobh be kheyr.

    ‘Good morning’ in Persian is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile - it’s the universal ice-breaker!

    2- Good evening

    عصر به خیر.
    asr be kheyr.

    This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

    3- How are you?

    حال شما چطور است؟
    haal-e shomaa chetor ast?

    Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

    4- How have you been?

    چه خبر؟
    che khabar?

    This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

    5- What’s up?

    چه اتفاقی افتاده است؟
    che etefaaqi oftaade ast?

    An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

    6- Long time no see.

    کم پیدایید.
    kam peydaa id.

    This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

    7- Hey!


    This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

    Saying Hello

    8- Good afternoon.

    بعدازظهر بخیر.
    ba’d az zohr be kheyr.

    ‘Good afternoon’ in Persian is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

    9- How’s it going?

    اوضاع چطور پیش میره؟
    ozaa chetor pish mireh?

    This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

    10- It’s nice to see you again.

    از ملاقات شما خوشوقتم.
    az molaaqaat-e shomaa khoshvaqtam.

    This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Persian.

    11- How’s everything?

    اوضاع چطور است؟
    ozaa chetor ast?

    This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

    12- How’s your day?

    روزت چطور است؟
    roozat(roozet) chetor ast?

    Ask this when you’re speaking to your Persian friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

    13- Yo!


    Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

    14- Hello!


    Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Persian greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at PersianPod101!

    15- It’s nice to meet you.

    از ملاقات شما خوشوقتم.
    az molaaqaat-e shomaa khoshvaqtam.

    When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

    3. Why Should You Choose PersianPod101 To Learn How To Greet In Persian?

    Online learning systems abound, and it’s not easy to know which one will suit your needs best. This means you have to be careful and select a system with a good reputation, and that has proven longevity. PersianPod101, which is part of, ticks all the boxes! With millions of lesson downloads and over a decade of teaching, we can say with confidence that this is one of the best language learning systems on the web. Why is it such an excellent system? Let us count the ways…

    Persian Teacher

    1- Video Presentations with Native Speakers

    Friendly native Persian speakers guide you step-by-step through the process of learning vocabulary, phrases and much more. They demonstrate correct pronunciation and emphasis of the words, so as to ensure that you speak like a native when you’re done! Watching the enthusiastic tutors makes not only for a pleasant and more personal experience - it also allows you to copy mouth and lip movements. It’s like learning from your own Persian friend in your own home!

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    PC, Android, iPhone, iPad, laptop, even TV - whatever device you prefer! Go online with our FREE app to do your lessons, no matter where you are or which device you are using. All you need is a good internet connection to log on and learn to speak Persian at your own pace, in your own place!

    3- Pronunciation Tool Ensures You Really Speak Persian!

    In any language, correct pronunciation is often crucial. The nuances in language require this, or you could find yourself saying things you don’t mean. You will find our Pronunciation Tool invaluable to wrap your mouth around the correct way to greet in Persian!

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    Every week, new audio and video lessons are uploaded, so as to keep our promise that learning Persian with PersianPod101 is always fun and exciting! In addition, you will get access to bonus material and basic Persian phrases. These are a fantastic way to build your comprehension and speaking skills!

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    3 Tips for Practicing Your Persian Speaking Skills

    3 Tips for Practicing Your Persian Speaking Skills

    When you start out learning a foreign language everything is exciting. You pick up new words and basic phrases fairly quickly. The first time you say a greeting or answer the question “How are you?”, you might even get a thrill. Speaking fluent Persian doesn’t feel that far off and at this point it really does seem like language learning isn’t all that difficult. But after a week or two things begin to change…

    After a few weeks of study you start to hit walls as you’re faced with strange grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Everything about learning Persian seemed promising and hopeful before, but now you start to realize how difficult it’s going to be. Speaking the language now feels like a long faroff goal that you may or may not achieve one day.

    But don’t let the innocence of being an absolute beginner or the disillusionment of an experience learner discourage you from learning Persian. In all honesty, speaking the language may not be as far off as you thought.

    In this post we’ll look at some practical tips that will help you speak better Persian no matter what level you’re at.

    Practice with Native Speakers

    1) Practice with Native Speakers

    Practicing your Persian with native speakers is by far one of the most effective things you can do to improve your speaking abilities. Think of speaking a foreign language as riding a bike. After a certain point you can’t read or theorize about how to do it. You have to actually do it. If you can practice speaking with native speakers who correct you and give good feedback, then you’ll be well on your way to improving your speaking.

    Where To Find Native Persian Speakers

    Where to find native persian speakers

    If you live in or near a major city there is a good chance there are some Persian speakers there. You might even get lucky and discover an entire Persian community. Do a little research into the demographics of the your city or simply keep your eyes open the next time you go through town. You can also attend a language exchange or cultural event. Meetup is a site for local enthusiast groups and there are usually some language speaking clubs or cultural clubs there.

    If you’re unable to find native speakers where you live then jump over to the net and find them there. There are a lot of free online exchanges that allow you to connect with other language learners from all over the globe via text, audio, or video chat. Look for a Persian speaker who is learning English. You can spend an hour or so helping each other in your respective target languages. This is a highly practical and helpful way to learn (not to mention it can be fun too).

    Learning Pronunciation

    2) Devote some time to learning pronunciation

    Pronunciation often isn’t the first skill people think of working on when they learning a foreign language, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. Truth be told, you don’t absolutely need a great accent to speak or understand Persian. However a decent accent can vastly improve your listening and speaking abilities in ways you might not expect.

    Being able to pronounce Persian words and sounds makes it a lot easier for you to remember and understand new words simply by hearing them. If you can physically make a sound with you mouth then you can mentally remember it. Once you have a good accent the Persian language won’t sound as foreign as it once did, and you will be able to understand rapid speech as well as pick up the definition of new words based on their conversational context.

    How To Improve Your Accent

    How to improve your accent

    If you’re serious about developing your accent then you’ll want to dissect the Persian sound system into its individual parts: first by letters, then individual words, followed by whole phrases. Start doing some mild research on the phonetics of the Persian language. You don’t have to get too technical here, just try to get an idea of some of the main differences between English and Persian pronunciation. Find out where Persian speakers usually put their tongue while saying certain sounds, or pay attention to the shape of the their mouths when they speak (is it open or closed?). These subtle differences are what help you improve.

    Once you get the letters down start listening to native audio and compare your pronunciation to the native speakers. PersianPod101’s playback feature is a great way to accomplish this. Take a phrase from a lesson and start by practicing the individual words, playing the audio back at a slower and a regular speed. After comparing your speech to the audio, combine the words to make complete phrases, imitating the intonation of the native speakers.

    These precise method of pronunciation practice is one of the most efficient and effective ways to learn pronunciation.


    3) Imitate, don’t just repeat.

    Anytime you speak Persian do your best to imitate the native speakers you’ve heard and practice with. Match the way their intonation rises and falls. Pay attention to their word order. It’s even a good idea to match some of their body language. This degree of imitation will probably feel weird at first; but it reinforces fluency in the language and breaks you out of the parrot trap where you simply learn and speak through rote memorization or repetition. This is a common problem that I’ve often cited with other less effective language learning methods.

    Speaking a language is like playing music or dancing. You don’t want to just know it. You want to live in the moment and feel it as you use it. You don’t sit and think of what you’re going to say in English before you say it. Why would you expect to do the same in Persian?

    Final thoughts

    Don’t let ruffled expectations make you think that speaking Persian is impossible. Yes it’s difficult but it probably isn’t as difficult as you think it is. With a little determination and some faithful practice you might be surprised how quick and how far you can progress. Use these tips to better practice the language and see real results in your speaking abilities!

    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Persian

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Persian!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Persian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can PersianPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Persian - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Persian? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Persian words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - شوخی - shookhi
    2. funny - خنده دار - khande daar
    3. surprise - غافلگیر کردن - qaafelgir kardan
    4. prank - شوخی زننده - shookhiye zanande
    5. fool - احمق - ahmaq
    6. sneaky - آب زیر کاه - aab zir-e kaah
    7. play a joke - سر به سر گذاشتن - sar be sar gozaashtan
    8. deceptive - فریبنده - faribande
    9. prankster - کسی‌که شوخی بد کند - kesi keh shookhi-ye bad konad
    10. humor - شوخ ‌طبعی - shookh tab’i
    11. April 1st - اول آوریل - aval-e aavril
    12. lie - دروغ - doroogh

    2. Persian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Persian Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Persian to prank your favorite Persian speaking friend or colleague!

    1. All classes for today got canceled.
      • همه کلاس‌های امروز لغو شدند.
      • hameye kelaashaaye emrooz laqv shodand.
    2. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • متاسفم، من عینک مورد علاقه شما را شکستم.
      • mota’asefam, man eynak-e mored-e alaaqeye shomaa raa shekastam.
    3. Someone has just hit your car.
      • کسی به تازگی با ماشین شما تصادف کرده است.
      • kasi be taazegi baa maashin-e shomaa tasaadof karde ast.
    4. I’m getting married.
      • ازدواج می‌کنم.
      • ezdevaaj mikonam.
    5. You won a free ticket.
      • شما بلیط رایگان برنده شدید.
      • shomaa yek blit-e raaygaan barande shodid.
    6. I saw your car being towed.
      • من ماشین شما را در حالی که یدک کشیده می‌شد دیدم.
      • man maashin-e shomaa raa dar haali ke yadak keshide mishod didam.
    7. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • در مقابل ساختمان کارت‌های هدیه رایگان می‌دهند.
      • dar moqaabel-e saakhtemaan kaarthaaye hediyeye raaygaan midahand.
    8. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • مرد خوش‌تیپی بیرون منتظر شماست.
      • mard-e khoshtipi biroon montazer-e shomaast.
    9. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • بانوی زیبایی از من خواست تا این شماره تلفن را به شما بدهم.
      • baanooye zibaayi a man khaast taa in shomaare telefon raa be shomaa bedaham.
    10. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • می‌توانی بیایی پایین؟ چیز خاصی برای شما دارم.
      • mitavaani biyaayi paayin? chiz-e khaasi baraaye shomaa daaram.
    11. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • از نامه عاشقانه امروز صبح شما ممنونم. من هرگز نمی‌توانستم احساسات شما را حدس بزنم.
      • az naameye aasheqaaneye emrooz sobh-e shomaa mamnoonam. man hargez nemitavaanestam ehsaasaat-e shomaa raa hads bezanam.
    12. I learned Persian in 1 month.
      • من فارسیو تو یه ماه یاد گرفتم.
      • man faarsi-yo too yeh maah yaad gerftam.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Persian, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can PersianPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Iran, or if you work for any Persian speaking company, knowing the above Persian prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Persian words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Persian & New Year Wishes

    Learn all the Persian New Year wishes online, in your own time, on any device! Join PersianPod101 for a special Persian New Year celebration!

    How to Say Happy New Year in Persian

    Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

    So, how do you say Happy New Year in Persian? Let a native teach you! At PersianPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Persian New Year wishes!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Iran
    2. Must-Know Persian Words & Phrases for the New Year!
    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Persian
    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
    7. How PersianPod101 Can Help You Learn Persian

    But let’s start with some vocabulary for Persian New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Iran

    In Iran, the New Year traditionally begins on the first day of spring, typically sometime around March 20. Iranians start their New Year as the earth awakens from its winter hibernation and plants spring forth from the ground, which is why the New Year is called Nowrooz, meaning “new day” in Persian.

    In this lesson, you will learn about how during Nowrooz, members of Iranian families gather around the Sofre-ye Haft-Seen, literally meaning the seven ‘S’s table, to wish each other a happy New Year, eat dinner, and relax together.

    Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-

    What is commonly eaten on the first day of the New Year in Iran?

    If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

    Nowrooz activities actually begin several days before the Eid. One of these activities is spring cleaning. In each household, family members clean, wash, and tidy up their living spaces in preparation for the Eid, which means feast. These activities are called Khaane Tekaani, which literally means the shaking out or removing of dust from the house. After this is finished, the family members put on their new, clean clothes and wait for the New Year to come.

    When Iranians hear the word Nowrooz, they often think of Sofre-ye Haft-Seen, which refers to a series of objects and foods that are set on the table or onto a piece of cloth, the names of which all begin with the sound ‘s’ in Persian.These objects represent concepts such as goodness and blessings. Among them, there is usually Senjed, which is dried oleaster wild olive fruit, Sib or apple, Sabzeh or sprouts from green plants, Samanoo or sweet pudding, Sir or garlic, Serkeh or vinegar, Somaq or sumac, and Sekke, which is a coin. A mirror, a candle, a goldfish, colored eggs, and a collection of Hafez poems are also oftentimes included. Family members gather around the display to congratulate each other on the Eid, and older members give younger ones money as a New Year’s gift.

    One of the most important traditions that still remains intact from ancient times is eid didani. On eid didani, people visit relatives, friends, and acquaintances, and the host receives their guests by giving them candies, dried nuts, and fruits. Making trips out to various towns and spending time outdoors are popular activities among Iranians on Nowrooz. This way, people prepare themselves for a year full of work, activity, jubilation, and success. The older members of the family present the Eidi or New Year’s gift, which in most cases is cash in brand new bills, to the younger members.

    Did you know that Iranians also celebrate a character similar to Santa Claus during Nowrooz called Amoo Nowrooz, or Uncle Nowrooz? Like his western counterpart, Uncle Nowrooz is a kind old man with a white beard who announces the coming New Year to the people. There is another character related to the New Year named Haji Firooz. With a black face and red clothes, he dances, sings, beats a drum, and performs comical routines to amuse onlookers in the streets.

    Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

    What is commonly eaten on the first day of the New Year in Iran?

    The first food eaten in the New Year is usually Sabzi Polo baa Maahi, a dish comprised of rice, fish, chopped vegetables, spices, salt, and oil. The components of this dish represent the productivity of nature, the bounty of rice, and the active movements of fish. Eating this food on Nowrooz symbolizes an appreciation for the bounties provided by God in the New Year.

    Happy New Year!
    عید شما مبارک
    eid-e shomaa mobaarak

    2. Must-Know Persian Words & Phrases for the New Year!

    Persian Words & Phrases for the New Year

    1- Year


    This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Iran could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

    2- Midnight

    نیمه شب نیمه شب
    nime shab

    The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

    3- New Year’s Day

    روز آغاز سال نو
    rooz-e aaqaaz-e saal-e no

    In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

    You can do it!

    4- Party


    A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

    5- Dancing


    Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

    6- Champagne


    Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

    7- Fireworks

    آتش بازى
    aatash baazi

    These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

    Happy Near Year!

    8- Countdown

    شمارش معکوس
    shomaaresh-e ma’koos

    This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

    9- New Year’s Holiday

    تعطیلات سال نو
    ta’tilaat-e saal-e no

    In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

    10- Confetti

    کاغذ رنگی
    kaaqaz rangi

    In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    11- New Year’s Eve

    شب سال نو
    shab-e saal-e no

    This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

    12- Toast

    به سلامتی
    be salaamati

    A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

    13- Resolution


    Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

    14- Parade


    New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At PersianPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Persian New Year celebrations are like!

    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

    New Year’s Resolutions List

    So, you learned the Persian word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at PersianPod101 - what are yours?

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    New Year's Resolutions

    1- Read more

    مطالعه بیشتر
    Motaale’eye bishtar

    Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Persian in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Persian language skills!

    2- Spend more time with family

    گذراندن وقت بیشتر همراه خانواده
    Gozaraandan-e vaghte bishtar hamraahe khaanevadeh

    Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

    3- Lose weight

    وزن کم کردن
    vazn kam kardan

    Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

    4- Save money

    پس انداز پول
    Pasandaaz-e pul

    Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to PersianPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

    5- Quit smoking

    ترک سیگار
    Tark-e sigaar

    This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

    6- Learn something new

    یادگیری چیزی جدید
    Yaadgiri-e chizi jadid

    Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

    7- Drink less

    کمتر مشروب نوشیدن
    kamtar mashroob nooshidan

    This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

    8- Exercise regularly

    ورزش مداوم
    Varzesh-e modaavem

    This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

    9- Eat healthy

    تغذیه سالم
    Taqzieye saalem

    If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

    10- Study Persian with PersianPod101

    یادگیری فارسی با پرشین پاد ۱۰۱
    yaadgiriye faarsi baa pershenpaad 101

    Of course! You can only benefit from learning Persian, especially with us! Learning how to speak Persian can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. PersianPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes

    Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

    Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Persian new year greeting!

    Make decorative notes of these in Persian, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Persian incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

    Language Learning Quotes

    Still undecided whether you should enroll with PersianPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

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    As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Persian could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Persian - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

    Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Persian - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

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    • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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