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.

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I like that the lessons are in short installments. It doesn't seem as daunting to learn a new language if I can easily fit it into my schedule. And it's such a musical language!

It was fun! It makes farsi seem less intimidating. And I found the written supplement very helpful as I tried to visualize the words I was learning to say.

I found this very useful, but do you plan to do another lesson anytime soon?

salam. man japoni hastam. farsi ro yad begiram. i found your podcast is very useful! but i can not find any lessons after lesson1..... please post new lesson! looking forward it.

Hello all,
Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback! We will be posting lesson 2 this week, and after that, lessons weekly. Be sure to follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/learnpersian for quickest updates.


Great site and I can't wait for more :)
One thing more that I'd like to hear/read about is more about culture than the language - how do Iranians behave when they meet? Do they shake hands, or nod their heads? When two young people meet, do they use informal language or is formal preferred?

I'm aware that these questions may seem a little childish, but I'd really like to find out :)
Once again, great job.
Warmest regards to the authors and learners!

These lessons are FABULOUS! I just tried my new skills with a native Persian speaker I met randomly and they were most impressed!! I love Chai and Conversation !! Cheers and many thanks all the way from Australia!!

Shab bekheir, Leyla va Matt, man zaben e farsi kheyli dost daram veli khub balad nistam.

How can I become a member of your site to learn more?

Bi omide didar!

FABULOUS! This is so accessible. Much easier than some of the other resources that I have been looking at. I am like Matt, married to an Iranian, and want to speak better with my inlaws.

Also, we have been to Iran (2 years ago) and we want to go again!! But this time, I want to speak more than I did last time, and with others beyond my family. Maybe even start to understand the news a bit better.

Thanks for this wonderful resource!!!


I love this learning program very much. It is a easy way to learn farsi. Khaily mateshakeram !!

I payed for bonus material lesson 1 to 9, how can I download it?

Andreas from germany

salam , finally i got a site to learn farsi in proper and professional manner. your style is really easy and impressive. thanks for this great (aali) job.

Hello Layla !

Thank you so much for these great podcasts !! There were lots of Iranians at the architecture school I went to and the language is so wonderfully musical I've been wanting to learn it since. I also speak Urdu - which is very close to Farsi.

Looking forward to catching up with the lessons. Keep up the podcasts !


Az mexic hastam. I'm a spanish native speaker and I want to learn persian too. These materials are wonderful!!!
Thanks a lot!!!

Hi, this is a great lesson. Thanks for posting! I was wondering about the pronunciation of سلام ,خوبم, and نيستم. Maybe I’m mistaken, but it seems to my ears that Matt is pronouncing the M at the end of these words with a nasal sound. Is this the accurate pronunciation?

Thanks for your time!

I cannot thankyou enough for these fun and awesome lessons!! Like you said there are little resources for learning Farsi and this is just GREAT!!! I am having a blast with these podcast thankyou so much for taking the time to do this

Thanks to a friend I came here! What I was looking for! A conversation farsi course! Great!! Mamnoon!! From Colombia.

I have 8 months for speak in Persian before my trip in Iran..kheyli mamnoon!!!
Ciao from Rome :)

Kheli mamnoon Leyla va Matt! My mother was Iranian, my father American, and I have lived in England for the past 45 years. But I lived in Iran from 1960 until 1966, and last visited that wonderful country in 1973. My Farsi was good once but now very rusty. I'm looking forward to polishing it up with you.

Love this..very clear and easy to remember! The repetition helps alot

i do appreciate your effort ms. leyla n matt!
ive learned alot...
persians are jewels!

Why is it called chai (tea) I am ethnic Persian but my persian is not so good, so I won't bother writing in persian. We can try lol Baroe chi esmesh Chai hast?

I really don't want to download that stuff seperately. Couldn't this be done a little more elegantly?

Hi! Great website. I purchased the bonus material for lesson 1; however, I'm not able to leas ten it to, i.e. Enhanced podcast. I would think it might be due to the fact that I'm using an iPad, which is strange cause I'm able to listen to the free podcast. Please let me know if it's a glitch and how can I access it. Thanks

Thanks so much! I love the repetition and examples, and you guys have a great energy that is easy to learn and absorb information from.
I learned about Iran from Anthony Bourdain's Part's Unknown and Iran: Yesterday and Today. It is such a beautiful culture. I want to go to Iran in a year or two, and I am so glad I found you!

If anyone does a few lessons and wants to practice you can add me as a friend on Facebook. facebook.com/ejrad2 Im taking it slow but serious.

Hello.you've done great.I am Iranian but English Teacher.I am keeping in touch with you to reinforce my English speaking specially my accent.Thanks a million.

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