Here is a selection of some of the great feedback we've received!


I just wanted to thank you and Matt for your program.  I have been listening to your podcasts for a couple of weeks, and I just got the bonus material for 1-10, and, holy crap it is amazing!  I had been reading random websites and books, using Pimsleur, etc. for months, and I can honestly say Chai and Conversation is the best, easiest, most fun, and most effective method out there that I've found.  No one else tells you how different spoken Persian is from written Persian, you're a life-saver!  I want to learn Persian because I think it is very unfortunate that the US and Iran have descended into such a poor relationship politically, and that has lead to Americans having no idea what an amazing place Iran is, how rich and old a history it enjoys, and how seemingly warm and welcoming its people are.  I hope by learning to speak Persian I can so some small part to help this situation.  So thank you.   

-Clint in Denver


First of all, a huge thanks for the absolutely amazing service that you, Matt, and anyone else who helps behind-the-scenes provides through Chai and Conversation. You're absolutely right that there's an unfortunate lack of quality self-study materials available for native English speakers trying to learn Persian. And those products that are effective are almost invariably expensive, which can easily discourage people from even starting the learning process. Your method- offering excellent podcasts free of charge in addition to generously priced bonus material- is a great solution. The lessons are geared toward developing practical conversational skills for the casual learner but at the same time they don't exclude those with long-term goals of eventual fluency. Your content, structure, and teaching style are all wonderful and effective. And the effort you surely put in is worth much more than the nominal fee you charge for the bonus material (your generosity and commitment to accessible learning is appreciated). I know you work in architecture, but I'm sure you've already been told that you're a natural-born معلم! It's an absolute pleasure to listen to you and Matt on my drive to work each morning- keep up the great work and please keep the lessons coming!

That's all for now. I'll be sure to give great reviews on iTunes and recommend chai and conversation to friends and family. Feel free to use any of my comments if you need "testimonials" or examples of customer feedback on the website. Khoda hafez!

-Kevin from New York

Hi Leyla, 

I just wanted to say thank you again for your fabulous Persian lessons! I am now up to lesson 11 and am about to buy the second set of supplementary materials. I find these materials invaluable, by the way. I think it would be very hard to learn without them!

I just wanted to share my experience with you, as you are so encouraging of feedback in the podcasts! I listen to the lessons each day while I am at work. I put them on in the background, listen and repeat the words as I do other tasks. I listen to them for around 2 hours a day, listening to one new lesson a day and repeating previous lessons for the rest of the time.

Thanks again, you are amazing!


Find out for yourself how Chai and Conversation can help you learn.  Get started with Lesson 1, and sign up to get the lesson bonus materials for free!