Learning Persian

How about learning some Persian greetings before traveling to Iran? Whether you want to take a taxi, pay for your dinner, interact with Iranians or talk to the local people you will need to know some Persian. For sure you will meet lots of Iranians who come to you to have a chat and maybe even hang out together. Remember, Modern Persian and Farsi are the same languages.

The fact is that learning Persian is not quite easy for many people since the grammar structure is different to what they know and what they have been taught. Most of the Persian/Farsi alphabet letters are similar to the Arabic alphabet and there are lots of similar words in both languages. However, these two languages are totally different due to their different grammar structures.

In Persian, the grammar is much simpler than Latin and Arabic and this simplicity makes it more complicated for non-natives to understand! For example, Persians use only one pronoun for “He”, “She” and “It”! You can also easily switch to simpler forms of verbs whenever it is needed.

All right, let’s forget about the grammar. There are a few Persian phrases you might need while traveling to Iran and talking to Iranians. Here is a list of common and useful Persian greetings and phrases written in English and Persian. The pronunciation is also included. Most of the sentences below are used in everyday conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them.

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars?

Dolaar e Amrica, Ostralia, Canada ghabool mikonid?

دلار امریکا / استرالیا / کانادا قبول می کنید؟

Do you accept credit card?

Kart e e’tebari ghabool mikonid?

کارت اعتباری قبول می کنید؟

Can you change money for me?

Pool e man ro tabdil mikonid?

پول من رو تبدیل می کنید؟

Where can I get money changed?

Koja mitoonam poolam ro tabdil konam?

کجا می تونم پولم رو تبدیل کنم؟

Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)?

Aaber Bank kojast?

عابر بانک کجاست؟

Can I cash my traveler’s checks here?

Mitoonam chek hay e mosaferati am ro inja naghd konam?

می تونم چکهای مسافرتی ام را اینجا نقد کنم؟

I would like to exchange 800 $ please.

Mikham hashtsad dolar ro naghd konam lotfan!

میخوام هشتصد دلار رو نقد کنم لطفا

What is your exchange rate for the U.S?

Nerkh e tabdil e arz baray e dolar e Amrica cheghadr hast?

نرخ تبدیل ارز برای دلار امریکا چقدر هست؟

The exchange rate is 9 cents for one US dollar.

Nerkh e tabdil e arz baray e har dolar noh cent mibashad.

نرخ تبدیل ارز برای هر دلار نه سنت می باشد.

Can you help me?

Shoma mitoonid komakam konid?

شما می تونید کمکم کنید؟

How do I get to …?

Chetor mitoonam be … beram?

چطور می تونم به … برم؟

How much is the ticket to …?

Gheymat e belit be … cheghadr hast?

قیمت بلیط به … چقدر هست؟

One ticket to … please

Lotfan Yek belit be …

لطفا یک بلیط به…

Where does this train go?

In ghatar be koja mire?

این قطار به کجا میره؟

Does this train / bus stop In …?

Aya in ghatar / otoboos dar … tavaghof darad?

آیا این قطار / اتوبوس در … توقف دارد؟

When does this train / bus arrive in …?

Key in ghatar / otoboos be … mirese?

کی این قطار / اتوبوس به … می رسه؟

When does the train / bus for … leave?

Ghataar / otoboos be … key harekat mikone?

قطار یا اتوبوس به … کی حرکت می کنه؟

What time do we arrive?

Key miresim?

کی می رسیم؟

To hit the road

Safar ro aaghaaz kardan

سفر را آغاز کردن

Hello, hi

Salam

سلام

Excuse me (getting attention or begging pardon)

Bebakhshid

ببخشید

Buy / purchase

Kharid kardan

خرید کردن

 

I need a doctor

Halam khoob nist

حالم خوب نیست

 

A table for one person or two people, please

Yek miz baraye yek ya do nafar, lotfan

یک میز برای یک یا دو نفر لطفا

 

Write it down please!

Yaddasht konid lotfan?

یادداشت کنید لطفا