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Mohammad: Hi everyone! I’m Mohammad!
Becky: And I’m Becky. Welcome back to PersianPod101.com! This is All About, Lesson 13 - Top 5 Phrases Your Persian Teacher Will Never Teach You!
Mohammad: I think this lesson will be fun!

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Becky: Yeah, and that’s because we'll go over some phrases your teacher might not teach you!
Mohammad: Now we don't want you to get the wrong idea. You won't find any swear words or anything here!
Becky: No, these are conversational phrases that you’ll mainly learn in daily life, rather than in books.
Mohammad: These are words that you will encounter EVERY DAY in Iran.
Becky: Yeah, they are that common. The first word we’ll go over is...
Mohammad: "Che Khabar?". It literally means "What News?", or something like - "How's everything going?"
Becky: You use it when you meet someone you know, when you haven’t seen them for a while.
Mohammad: If nothing in particular has happened, the answer can simply be "Salamati", which means "Healthiness", and shows that everything is fine.
Becky: Listeners, make sure you pay attention to the stress when you pronounce it.
Mohammad: "Che Khabar?", - "Salamati."
Becky: Our next phrases are…
Mohammad: "Bebin...", [pause] "Goosh kon ...".
Becky: They mean "Look...", and "Listen..." You can use them at the beginning of a sentence to attract the listener's attention.
Mohammad: Usually when you're going to explain something, you say one of these first.
Becky: Yes. and You have to stress the first syllable, and stretch the second syllable of each phrase, then pause for a second before continuing the sentence. Mohammad, can you give us an example?
Mohammad: If you want to say "Look, the thing is...", you can say "Bebiiin [pause], massale ine ke...".
Becky: Ok, and the third phrase is...
Mohammad: "Ghorbunet!"
Becky: It literally means "Your Sacrifice!". But don't worry, because it's just a salutation or compliment!
Mohammad: Yes. You can use this phrase to show your utmost love and respect. Saying it at the end of a conversation sounds very natural.
Becky: It’s like you’re saying that "You'll do anything for someone, even sacrifice yourself."
Mohammad: "Ghorbunet!" is the most common and informal form. But you’ll also hear people say "Ghorbanat!", which is the formal version. Also there’s the most formal version, which is "Ghorbane Shoma!"
Becky: It's used commonly in daily Persian conversations, so by learning it, you'll really surprise native speakers!
Mohammad: Now our next phrase is "Salam Beresun".
Becky: This means "Deliver my Salutation". You can use it at the end of a sentence. It’s literally for asking someone to deliver your wishes and attention to a person who’s not there with you, in case of seeing them before you.
Mohammad: So "Salam Beresun" is like ‘Please say hello to someone.’ "Salam" means "Hello", and ‘Beresun” means ‘to send.’ So it literally means ‘Send Hello.”
Becky: Alright... and what's our last phrase?
Mohammad: "jeddi migi?"
Becky: You can use it when you’re surprised by something. It’s like ‘Are you serious?’ in English. Can you say it again, Mohammad?
Mohammad: "Jeddi migi?"
Becky: Well, that’s all for this lesson, listeners. Now you can start using these phrases in your daily life when you’re speaking Persian!
Mohammad: And make sure you check the lesson notes for further examples of their usage in regular conversation.


Becky: See you next time, everyone!
Mohammad: Bye.