Complete Guide to Living Your Best Nowruz

First things first- March 19, 2020 marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, and the first day of the new year in the Persian calendar, our biggest holiday also known as nowruz (also spelled Norooz, Nowrooz, Noruz). Even though Iranians are spread out all over the world in different countries, with different ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs and political tendencies, this holiday unites us all!

Raising Neem-Roonis- Atal matal tootoolé (a children's nursery rhyme)

Atal matal totoolé is a popular children's rhyme with a simple game that goes along with it. Like a lot of nursery rhymes, it has some pretty silly and nonsensical aspects to it, and it's something you could sing over and over again without really thinking about the meaning. But it's nice to have some context when you're saying something over and over again.

Funny in Farsi- Sounds Animals Make (in Persian)

While roosters in English crow, they also say ‘Cuckodoodle doo!’ Who came up with that? Apparently, the same person who came up with ‘ghooghoolee ghooghoo’, because they’re both equally ridiculous. What does a rooster really say? My husband swears he knew one that would crow ‘Haaaappy Birthday!’ every morning- so who knows!

The Fundamentals of Reading and Writing in Persian (Farsi)- It's Easier Than You Think!

To celebrate the launch of our long long awaited Persian (Farsi) Reading and Writing Course here at Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation, we thought it would be nice to provide a little introduction to the fundamentals of reading and writing in the Persian language. In this article, we hope to

  • Introduce you to the Persian alphabet
  • Provide an overview of the letters of the alphabet
  • Show the differences between the Persian and English Alphabet

But first,-

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:

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.