Sign up for the Summer Intensive!

Summer has started in the northern hemisphere, which means long, lazy, fun days filled with… learning Persian?! This summer, we thought we’d try something a little different. We received an email from a listener asking for tips on how to do a ‘summer intensive’ course, to go through the lessons of Chai and Conversation at a faster pace than if learning during the busier times of the year. We thought this might be a brilliant thing for all Chai and Conversation members to do together.

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See in Persian!

Below is the popular children's book 'Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See' translated to the Persian (Farsi) language, complete with some original drawings of the animals! You can download a copy of the pages here to either print out or view on your device. We've included the phonetic English spelling of the Persian words so that you can read it even if you can't read in Persian!

How to Celebrate chāhar shanbé sooree

Are you ready to jump over some fire tonight?

Norooz (Persian new years) is tomorrow! So tonight is the chahar shanbe sooree celebration, which falls on the last Tuesday night before the spring equinox.

Things to do tonight:

1) Make a giant fire in a safe location (it actually doesn't have to be giant, just big enough that you can jump over it).


2) Think about all the past year's resentments, regrets, unfinished business

Lesson 8- How to Talk about Likes and Dislikes

In this lesson, we learn to talk about our likes and dislikes. We introduce the concept of the 'direct object marker'. Also, we learn to talk about things we don't like. Likes and dislikes can include things, and can also include activities.

Find the bonus materials for Lesson 8 here.

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.