Our Brand New Website, and Favorite Chai Features!

As those of you who have been with us for a while may have noticed, we have a brand new website! We have been working quietly behind the scenes on this for over two years now, so you can imagine how excited we are to finally reveal all that work to you. And the response has been overwhelmingly positive! Thank you for all your kind notes and words of encouragement- please keep them coming!

How Uber is Going Iranian

How Uber Is Going Iranian

(coauthored by Mahshad Vakili Hall)

Unless you've been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you'll have heard the news already -- Uber’s former problematic CEO was replaced by an Iranian named Dara Khosrowshahi. This guy is the real deal: born in Iran, fled the Iranian revolution at age eight as a refugee, and raised right outside New York City with his brother. He’s passionate, driven, calm -- and a true embodiment of the American dream.

Learn Persian tābestoon Word of the Day - Review of Week 3

Another tābestoon week, another set of words! This week, we got a little help with our words from musician Fared Shafinury. In addition to being an incredible Iranian-American musician, he also wrote and performed our theme music!

Learn Persian tābestoon Word of the Day - Review of Week 1

Welcome to our new Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation tābestoon (summer) Word of the Day series! In this series of short videos, we're going to learn one vocabulary day each day of the week in the summer. On Fridays, we'll provide a summary of the words we've learned in a video and here on the website blog. Please leave any words you'd like to learn in the comments- here at Chai and Conversation, we LOVE summer, and are excited to share these words with you!

Interview with Fared Shafinury, Musician

As you know, for the Chai and Conversation podcast, we generally publish Persian lessons, but this time we have a very special treat- a special interview Fared Shafinury, an extraordinary Iranian-American musician. If you’ve been listening to Chai and Conversation, you’ll be very familiar with Fared’s music- he composed our theme music which you hear at the beginning and end of each episode. In addition, I’m very lucky to be able to call Fared a friend- we both attended the University of Texas together here in Austin and have kept in touch throughout the years.

eenja texas neest, this is not texas

The Astounding Similarities Between Texas and Iran

A few months ago, I was visiting my dear cousins in Toronto, Canada, and we were talking about the many positive traits of the city (they call it Tehran-to due to the enormous Iranian population there by the way). The conversation eventually turned to me, however, and one cousin asked ‘So… do you actually like Texas?” Now, everyone knows that Texans have a inflated egos when it comes to where they live, and most people who don't live in Texas are baffled by this. But, live in Texas for a while (I’ve been here since moving from Tehran when I was 4), and you’re completely swept away by this pride.

Numbers 1 through 10

One of the easiest and most useful things to learn in any language is how to count from one to ten. With that in mind, we’d like to challenge you to learn these numbers in Persian by the end of today.