Videos for Learning Persian

In this video gallery, we put our videos for enthusiastic people who want to learn Farsi. Although these videos are not enough for learning Persian, however they can be very useful for tourists who want to communicate in Farsi.  By the way you can also follow us on our YouTube and Instagram to watch them and Enjoy learning Farsi.

Apologizing in Farsi

The phrases that you learn in this video are very easy but sometimes you may make mistake in using them, especially “bebaxšid” and “mote’assefam”. Here are some tips to help you:
-bebaxšid: you can use this phrase to get someone’s attention as in a restaurant to call a waiter or in a supermarket. You can also use this phrase to say you are sorry.
-mano bebaxš: this phrase is used as an apology, especially when you want to ask someone to forgive you.
-mote’asefam: this phrase can be used for showing your sympathy for someone’s sorrow, so it is not really an apology.
-ozr mixâm: you can use this phrase to show that you are regretful.

Greetings in Farsi

In Persian, there are different ways for greetings. The phrase that we choose usually depends to the context and the formality degree. In many languages including Persian, one of the most important politeness formulas is using plural you, “šomâ” to address people who are older than us or have higher rank. You can apply the same rule for greeting people. Let’s take a look at the phrases you are learning in this video:
– xubi? → very friendly
– četori? → very friendly
– hâlet četore(h)? → for people in the same rank as you
– hâletun četore(h)? for people who are older than you or in higher rank than you
– hâl-e šomâ četore(h)? for people who are older than you or in higher rank than you (can be used in written form)

Thanking in Farsi

Have you ever heard about “tâ’rof” in Iranian culture? If yes, you know how complicated it is. If not, we try to explain this important cultural fact in our videos and lessons. Ready to start? Here are some tips for beginners:
– In Iran, we usually thank people more than once for any favor they do for us. It is why we have borrowed thanking words from other languages such as “mersi” and “tašakkor” to enrich our thanking culture. In this video, you are learning a couple of these phrases. There are many more to learn.
– One of the very famous “tâ’rof” terms is “qabel nadâre(h)” which literally means “it doesn’t have any value”. It can be translated as “de rien” in French or “it is nothing” or “don’t mention it” in English. You may hear this phrase anytime you ask for price, do payment or receive a gift. So, try to learn and get used to this expression.
– In Farsi, you cannot leave a “tâ’rof” unanswered. For thanking ones, you can usually use “xâheš mikonam“.

Yes No in Farsi

“Yes” and “no” are the easiest words to learn in all languages. It’s the same in Persian, but you’d better to keep in mind some tips:
– “bali” and “xeyr” are mostly written forms and we don’t use them in daily talk, even in formal situations. When someone calls our name, we say “bale(h)” to answer not “âre(h). In other situations both words can be used according to formality level. “Bale(h) is more formal than “âre(h)”.
– There are informal ways of saying “yes” such as “âre(h) bâbâ” or even “hâ bâbâ” and “no” such as “na(h) bâbâ” or “noč”. The latter can be considerd as rude, though.

Saying Goodbye in Persian

Persian speakers often use the phrase “xodâhâfez“, or the short form of it “xodâfez” to say goodbye. The phrase means “God keeps you safe”. As in other languages, there are more different phrases to say goodbye, such as “be salâmat”, “khodânegahdâr” or “tâ fardâ”. “xodânegahdâr” is semantically the same as “xodâhâfez”, but it is a bit more formal.

Saying Hi in Persian

In Farsi, you can say hello in a couple of ways, but the most frequent is “salâm”. Almost all conversations start with this magic word. Even if you want to greet someone by other expressions such as “good morning”, you should first say “salâm” and then “sobh be xeyr”. To know the importance of saying “hi” you only need to know that Iranians believe “salâm salâmati miyâre”, saying “hi” brings health. Moreover, age differences and social ranks play important roles among Iranians. So it is the younger people’s duty to say “salâm” first.
The level of formality has also impact on the way you ask “how are you?” Here are the phrases ordered from informal to formal:
– xubi? very friendly
– četori? friendly
– hâlet četore(h)? friendly
– hâletun četore(h)? formal