Lesson 8: How to Talk About Your Likes and Dislikes

In this Persian (Farsi) lesson, you learn to talk about your likes and dislikes. Also, we will be learning the Persian sound ‘gh’. There are two sounds in the Persian language that you don't hear in English. The first is the sound 'kh' heard in words such as 'khoobam'- we went over this in Lesson 1. The second is the sound 'gh' which we'll be going over in this lesson. We learn it specifically to learn the word for music, or museeghee in Persian.

The phrases covered in this lesson will allow you to say whether or not you:

  • like your job
  • like chocolate
  • like nature
  • like sports
  • like music

Or, whether you like specific figures such as Charlie Chaplin. In order to learn how to say that you like a specific person, we have to learn about the 'direct object marker', the sound which has no direct translation in the English language.

We also go over talking about what you like to do. The phrases we learn with regard to this are:

  • I like to watch movies
  • I like to read books
  • I like to exercise
  • I like to eat chocolate
  • I like to learn Persian

We also learn to speak about these in the negative sense, and say that we don't like to do certain things.


how are you?

Note: In Persian, as in many other languages, there is a formal and an informal way of speaking. We will be covering this in more detail in later lessons. For now, however, chetor-ee is the informal way of asking someone how they are, so it should only be used with people that you are familiar with. hālé shomā chetor-é is the formal expression for ‘how are you.’

Spelling note: In written Persian, words are not capitalized. For this reason, we do not capitalize Persian words written in phonetic English in the guides.


I’m well

Pronunciation tip: kh is one of two unique sounds in the Persian language that is not used in the English language. It should be repeated daily until mastered, as it is essential to successfully speak Persian. Listen to the podcast for more information on how to make the sound.

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