Imagine that you are in a Persian speaking country for the first time. You would like to communicate with locals in their own language, have a nice greeting and a Farsi small talk, and befriend them to learn more about people’s daily life. So you may have the following questions in your mind:
How can I start a conversation (Farsi small talk) when I am in a gathering whereas I do not know people?
How can I introduce myself?
What kind of greeting is formal and which one is friendlier?
Is it acceptable to start talking to unknown people when I am in a bus or train?
What kind of questions may people ask me when they greet me for the first time?
In this section, you will find answers to these questions. But before going to persian expressions and farsi phonetics, let’s learn some important facts about topics that Iranian choose to start a conversation.
Farsi Small Talks about Weather and Personal Interests
– 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.