In this lesson, we introduce Sohrab Sepehri, and read his iconic poem dar golestāné. In this lesson, we are joined by friend of the show Fared Shafinury. You may recognize Fared as the composer and performer of our theme song. For this initial conversation about the poem, we listen to Fared recite the portion of the poem we'll be discussing, and talk generally about the overall meaning and feeling behind the words. In the next couple lessons, we will be reviewing the vocabulary and phrases learned in the lesson.
We also reference a few sources for listening to and learning this poem. The first is Shahram Nazeri's version of the poem set to beautiful music composed by Kayhan Kalhor. You can hear this version here.
Fared has also composed music to Sohrab Sepehri's poems. You can hear many of his songs here.
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.
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.
- salām - hello
- chetor-ee - how are you?
- khoobam - I’m well
- merci - thank you
- khayli - very
- khayli khoobam - I’m very well
- khoob neestam - I’m not well
- man - me/I
- bad neestam - I’m not bad
- ālee - great
- chetor-een? - how are you? (formal)
- chetor peesh meeré? - how’s it going?
- ché khabar? - what’s the news? (what’s up?)
Leyla: Hello and welcome to learn Persian with chai and conversation, the podcast for anyone looking to learn conversational Persian. My name is Leyla and I’ll be your teacher for this course.
Matt: And my name is Matt and I will be learning Persian along with you.
Leyla: Chai and conversation will teach you conversational Persian in weekly lessons of about 15 minutes each.
Matt: If you know anything about Iranians, they don’t do anything without first grabbing a cup of tea – or as they call it, chai. So pour yourself a cup and join us in learning the Persian language.
Leyla: Hello and welcome to Learn Persian with chai and conversation. The point of this podcast is to provide you with a simple, effective and easy way to learn conversational Persian. As we’ve said, my name is Leyla and I’m joined by Matt.
Leyla: If you’ve downloaded this program, you are looking for a way to learn to speak and understand Persian. I was born in Iran, and although I moved to Texas when I was only four years old, I grew up speaking the language. My mother was a Persian language instructor who taught me to read and write the language from an early age. But if you’re learning on your own, you’ve probably noticed that there is a lack of effective learning material out there, online and otherwise. And although there are so many language learning podcasts available, none of them are for learning the Persian language. We decided to put an end to this by creating a podcast specifically for people seeking to learn conversational Persian.