– In many countries, people talk about weather as an opening for their conversations. You can follow the same routine in Iran since climate is not a controversial topic and keeps you in the safe side. However, Iranians in their Farsi small talks prefer to talk about more serious topics even when they are in a taxi or bus, such as climate change, pollution, social problems, and economy. Don’t get surprised but we are not used to starting our day by saying “what a lovely weather”, unless it rains or snows which happens rarely in most parts of Iran.
– When you are in a taxi or bus, you may face questions like “where are you from?”, “how old are you?”, “are you married?”, “why are you learning Farsi/ traveling in Iran?”, “what do you think about Iran?”. Asking these personal questions is not considered rude for Iranians. So try not to get annoyed. If you do not feel like answering, ask them to guess the answers by saying “šomâ či fekr mikonid?” which means “what do you think?”
– If you are invited to an Iranian party or dinner, get prepared to eat a lot. Iranians are usually hospitable. They believe that a guest is sent by God, and they show their respect to the guests by serving and entertaining them. It is very common to serve fruit, tea and sweets before dinner. Moreover, dinner is usually served very late, around 10 pm.
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