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Speak / Lesson 45

How to Talk About Feeling Under the Weather and Pain, and Parts of the Body

In this lesson, we cover a topic you will hopefully not have to use too often- the topic of not feeling too well. We'll learn how to express that you're not feeling well, how to ask others how they are feeling, and how to talk about pain that you have. Also, we will learn the Persian words for several parts of the body.


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.

Persian English
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)
hālé shomā chetor-é? how are you? (formal)
hālet chetor-é? how are you? (informal)
khoob-ee? are you well? (informal)
mamnoonam thank you
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.

We are so glad you’ve joined us!

Leyla: In the next few lessons, we’re going to take a break with grammar, and instead focus on some kitchen Persian. What I mean by that is:

As always, you can find our previous materials as well as bonus materials for this lesson on our website at

Leyla: But for now, Matt, you ready to begin the lesson?


Leyla: Great, then let’s begin…

Leyla: So in this lesson, we’re going to cover a topic that we hope you won’t have to use very often, but that does happen to all of us, and that is the topic of not feeling very well.

we’ve already covered:


I’m not well is khoob neestam

if you think back to those first lessons though, you’ll remember that we covered other ways of asking how are you. you could say chetori or halet chetoreh? How are you feeling. Hal means your state of being, your feeling. So halet chetore

halet chetore

Leyla: and you can answer

halam khoobeh.

Leyla: when you’re not feeling well though, you can say:

halam khoob neest

halam badeh



dard daree?

kojat dard meekoneh?



so to answer this, we’ll need to know the words for different parts of the body.

parts of the body:


body: badan








so let’s go over pain with these,

the word for pain in general, like we said is dard. So someone asks dard daree? and you’ll say ‘baleh, dard daram.’ And you can answer more specifically exactly what pain you have.

for this we’ll need to know the word for different parts of the body.


Head, sar

saram dard meekoneh


back, posht

poshtam dard meekoneh


stomach, interestingly is sheekam so you could say

sheekamam dard meekoneh



delam dard meekoneh


so let’s go over this again with a dialogue.

halet chetoreh?

halam khoob neest?

chetor? dard daree?

areh, saram khayli dard meekoneh.




let’s learn the words for other parts of the body now.








first learn one, but some of these we have two of. so:














And that brings us to the end of lesson 44!


Ok great, so next week we are going to continue with the vocabulary of not feeling well, and different remedies, including very Iranian home remedies that everyone should know about.


Remember that you can find vocabulary lists, exercises, pdf guides and more on our website at, with Chai spelled CHAI.


and until next time, khodahafez from Matt!


And beh omeedeh deedar from Leyla