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Salam be hamegi, Sāre hastam! Hi everybody! I’m Sareh.
Welcome to PersianPod101.com’s “Persian in 3 minutes”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Persian.
In the last lesson we learned how to count in Persian. I hope you spent some time practicing the numbers, because they will come in handy today. We’re going to learn how to go shopping in Iran or any Persian speaking country!
Before we go, you need to know how to say “How much is it?”
If you want to know the exact translation, it would be:
Cheqadr ast?
[slowly] Cheqadr ast?
But normally, in Iran we use this instead:
Chand ast?
[slowly] Chand ast?
Are you ready to go shopping in Iran? Let’s go!
we use “chand e” , “ast” is written form
You see something you like and want to ask the shop clerk how much it costs. The first thing to say to a shop clerk is…bebakhshid, do you remember what that means? "Excuse me!"
bebakhshid, in Chand ast?
[slowly] bebakhshid, in Chand ast?
We need to ask by showing something, asking "how much is this?" or "that", so we need to add one of "This" or "That" before Chand ast.
Since Persian is a gender-neutral language, you will only use “this” or “that” as in English. It always agrees between genders.
“This” is in
“That” is ān
"How much is this":
In chand ast?
[slowly] In chand ast?
"How much is that":
Ān chand ast?
[slowly] Ān chand ast?
Now, if you want to put an object in here, remember that you always put an object or noun AFTER “this” and “that”. For example if you want to ask for the price of a hat, Kolāh, near you, it would be:
bebakhshid, in Kolāh chand ast?
"Excuse me, how much is this hat?"
[slowly] bebakhshid, in Kolāh chand ast?
And if it was a bit further, you would say:
bebakhshid, ān Kolāh chand ast?
"Excuse me, how much is that hat?"
[slowly] bebakhshid, ān Kolāh chand ast?
The currency in Iran is Tomān. Prices in Iran are usually over 1000, so to give you a tip, 1000 in Persian is hezaar
(slowly) hezaar
At this point the shop clerk can answer by saying the price.
For example:
In dah hezaar Tomān ast!
[slowly] In dah hezaar Tomān ast!
Or he will just simply answer: dah hezaar Tomān!
What number is dah hezaar ? I’m not telling you! Okay, okay, it’s "10000"! "It costs Ten thousands Toman."
Now it’s time for Sareh’s Insights.
A quicker way to ask “How much?” is Chande? Which literally means “How much?” Even when you ask for a coffee – qahve in Persian – at a Cafe, you can ask the waitress or Cafe owner Yek qahve lotfan, Chande?
“One espresso please, how much is it?”
At this point, can you count Tomāns in Persian? We are going to learn how to do this and much more in the next lesson!
I'll be waiting for you in our next “Persian in 3 minutes” lesson.
Tā diidar e ba'di!