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In the last lesson, we learned how to get a waiter’s attention and order food and drinks at a restaurant. Once you have the beverages and entrées you ordered, you can enjoy the mouthwatering meal.
Normally, when the waiter sees that you have finished, he or she will come to your table and kindly ask, “Would you like anything else?” In Persian this is
Chize digeii meil darid?
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Chi – ze di – ge – ii meil da - rid?
Once again:
Chize digeii meil darid?
Here digeii means “else” and Chize means “something,” So chize digeii altogether means “anything else.”
(slow) Chi – ze di – ge – ii
Chize digeii
Meil darid means “Would you like.”
(slow) meil da - rid
Meil darid
You are sure to hear this from waiters in restaurants or cafés.
Again, the whole question is
Chize digeii meil darid?
Unless you’re still hungry—which is very unlikely after a Persian meal—you can say “No, thanks”:
Na, moteshakkeram.
(slow) na mo – te – sha – kke - ram.
You may recall that na means “no” and moteshakkeram means “thanks.”
Na, moteshakkeram.
In some restaurants in Iran, the waiters ask if you want coffee or tea at the end of the meal. No doubt you’ll hear
Chaii ya ghahve meil darid?
Which means something like: “Would you like to have a tea or coffee?”
Let’s break it down:
(slow) cha – ii - ya - ghah – ve meil da - rid?
And again at natural speed:
Chaii ya ghahve meil darid?
Chaii means “tea.”
(slow) Cha - ii
Next is ya, which is the Persian word for “or”
(slow) ya
Then, we have the noun Ghahve, the Persian word for “coffee.”
(slow) ghah - ve
Then again we have Meil darid which means “Would you like.”
(slow) meil da - rid
Meil darid
All together, the question is
Chaii ya ghahve meil darid?
If you prefer coffee, answer
Ghahve, lotfan.
(slow) Ghah – ve lot - fan.
Gahhve, lotfan.
Or if you want tea, say
Chaii, lotfan.
(slow) cha – ii lot - fan.
Chaii, lotfan.
When you’re ready to leave, you’ll want to ask for the check. In Persian this is
Soorathesaab, lotfan.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Soo - rat - he – saab lot - fan.
Once more:
Soorathesaab, lotfan.
The first word, soorathesab, means “the bill.”
And by now you’re no stranger to lotfan
Here’s the whole sentence:
Soorathesaab, lotfan.
And now you’re ready to go!