Welcome to Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation, the only free online resource made exclusively for those wanting to learn conversational Persian! We provide free 15-20 minute podcast lessons, as well as affordable premium learning materials to help make learning easier. So pour yourself a cup of tea, and learn the Persian language with us! Get started with Lesson 1, including free Bonus Materials!

A Delicious Persian New Year Dish

Najmieh Batmanglij made a guest appearance on the Martha Stewart Show to share a recipe for a homemade meal of lamb shanks made with rice and fava beans (baghali polo). Batmanglij has been the most influential voice for Persian cooking (or as the Washington Post put it “the guru of Persian Cuisine”) for the past 30 years.

Happy Norooz to all!

It’s almost time for Norooz, the most important holiday in the Iranian culture. This holiday marks the beginning of the Persian calendar and occurs every year at the exact moment that spring starts. This year, it will occur on March 20, 2011 at exactly 6:21 central time in the United States, and the corresponding times around the world. It occurs at the same moment everywhere on earth, at the exact moment the earth enters the vernal equinox.

Our Theme Music

So many people have written us asking about our wonderful theme music. It’s a great little piece, an original composition by Fared Shafinury, one of the most talented musicians in the Iranian community. You can check out his music on his webpage. He will be providing more music for the podcast in the future, and is releasing his first full length album sometime this year. We will keep you posted!

Lesson 1: How to Greet People and Ask How They're Doing

Salam, and welcome to our first-ever lesson of Chai and Conversation! In this lesson, we learn one of the most important things in any language – how to greet people and ask them how they are doing. In addition, there will be a short introduction to the teacher, Leyla Shams, and the student, Matt Bourneuf.

Why ‘Persian’, Not ‘Farsi’?

There is an ongoing debate in the Iranian and academic communities as to whether you should use ‘Persian’ or ‘Farsi’ to refer to the language in English. It’s not a simple issue of To-may-to vs. To-mah-to: the reasons for using the term ‘Persian’ when speaking in English are based on history and precedent.

Salaam, Welcome to the site!

Welcome to Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation, the podcast for anyone trying to learn conversational Persian.

With Chai and Conversation you will be learning conversational Persian in weekly lessons of about 15 minutes each.  If you’ve been trying to learn Persian, you will have noticed that there is a such a lack of effective learning materials, especially if your goal is to learn informal Persian.  The point of this podcast is to teach you Persian in a fun and casual manner so that you can quickly begin using it in conversation.

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