Azizam and Joonam- What do they Mean?

Although we’ve published a list of terms of endearment to call your Persian lover here on the Chai and Conversation blog before, and devoted an entire lesson to essential words and phrases for love and friendship, two terms of endearment are especially worthy of more lengthy discussion- aziz-am and joon-am.

Lesson 4- How to Say Where You Live, and Answer Questions

In this lesson, we learn to say where we live and if it's different than where we are originally from. In addition, we learn how to answer simple questions using yes, yeah, and no.

The bonus materials from this lesson can be found on the Lesson 4 page.

Lesson 3- How to Say Where You're From / Different 'Yous'

In this lesson, we learn the different forms of you, formal and informal. In addition, we build on learning how to introduce yourself, including asking where others are from, and how to answer where you are from.

Lesson 2- How to Greet People, Say Goodbye, and Introduce Yourself

In this lesson, we follow Lesson 2 of Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation- to get the bonus materials for this lesson, visit the lesson page. There, you'll find the transcript of the lesson, the lesson guide, the words presented as individual 'snippets' so you can listen to them over and over again, and an enhanced podcast where you can watch a video of the lesson with the words flashing on the screen.

What is sizdah bedar?

Are you ready to spend the entire day outside?

Sizdah bedar (literally meaning the thirteenth outside) marks the official end of the nowruz holiday, and launches you into a successful start of the coming year. 

As in many other cultures, the number 13 is unlucky in the Iranian tradition. Spending it indoors is seen as bad luck, so on this day, Iranian families pack a picnic and spend the entire day outdoors. In the west, this holiday falls on Monday, April 2nd this year (2018). 

Things to do on Monday: