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This lesson's phrase will help you take matters into your own hands! In this lesson we’ll take a look at the word “please,” which will be very important when you need to ask for something.
In Persian, “please” is
Let’s break it down:
(slow) lot-fan
Once more:
Let’s take a closer look at lotfan. The easiest way to use this word is by pointing at something and saying In, lotfan meaning “This one, please”, or An, lotfan meaning “That one, please”.
In means “this.”
(slow) in
And an means “that.”
(slow) an
Let’s hear them in their phrases again:
In, lotfan.
(slow) in, lot-fan.
An, lotfan.
(slow) An, lot-fan.
Please remember that in Iran it is a little rude to point at people. But pointing at things, especially when you are trying to buy something at the market, or when it helps to illustrate your point, is perfectly okay. Just make sure you say Tashakkor mikonam meaning “Thank you” when the object is handed to you.
Another phrase for “please” is Khahesh mikonam. You might remember that this also means “You’re welcome.” We use this phrase to ask someone to do something for us, and it is usually followed by a verb or phrase.
Let’s break it down and hear it one more time:
(slow) Khahesh mikonam.
Khahesh mikonam.
Any sentence with the phrase Khahesh mikonam is very polite and a little bit formal.