Essential Persian Words and Phrases for Your Trip to Iran

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Learn to Speak Persian before Traveling to Iran

During your trip to Iran, you will find out that the Iranians are amiable people, and it is so exciting to communicate with them. Also, on some occasions, you may need to speak Persian (Farsi) to the locals to address your basic needs as a traveler. Hence, it would be helpful and exciting to learn the essential Persian words and phrases for your trip to Iran and use them to communicate with Iranian natives.

In this blog, we have prepared a list of essential Persian words and phrases for different occasions with their English meanings and pronunciation in Farsi. On your trip to Iran, you will hear these words in the daily conversation and even respond and see the locals’ reactions.

Notably, the Persian language is an Indo-European language. Its alphabet is similar to Arabic, more or less but a dramatically different language. It is written from left to right. Here we mention the Persian words in English letters to make it more simple to learn.

Finally, if you have any questions about traveling to Iran, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Greetings in Persian

It is exciting to start your communication with locals in Farsi. Here is the list of essential phrases for greetings in Persian.

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
Hello Salaam Good Morning Sobh Bekheyr
Good Evening Asr Bekheyr Good Day Rooz Bekheyr
Good Night Shab Bekheyr How are you? Chetori? / Khoubi?
I'm fine, thank you Khoobam, Merci Nice to meet you Khosh Vaghtam
Thank you Merci / Mamnoon / Moteshakeram Thanks a lot Kheyli Mamnoon
You're welcome Khaahesh Mikonam What is your name? Esme Shoma Chie?
My name is Sara Esme man Sara Hast Where are you from? Ahl-e Kojaee?
I'm from Canada Man Ahl-e Canada Hastam. I can't speak Farsi Farsi Balad Nistam
Have a nice day Rooze Khoobi Dashteh Bashi Welcome Khosh Aamadid
Bye Khodahafez / Khoda Negahdar
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Greetings in Persian Playlist

Greetings in Persian Playlist

Daily Persian Phrases

The below phrases are common in daily communications in all languages. They are used to asking essential questions, getting others’ attention, showing courtesy and politeness, etc.

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
Yes Baleh No Na
I Man You To
Man Mard Woman Zan
Madam Khaanoom Sir Agha
Spouse Hamsar Friend Doost
Bad Bad Good Khoob
Here you are Befarmaayid Excuse me / Sorry Bebakhshid
Please Lotfan Don't worry Negaraan Nabaash
Where's the bathroom? Dastshooyi Kojast? I don't understand Nemifahmam
I understand Mifahmam
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Daily Persian Phrases Playlist

Daily Persian Phrases Playlist

The WH Questions in the Persian Language

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
What? Chi? Who? Ki?
Where? Koja? Why? Cheraa?
When? Kei?
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The WH Questions in the Persian Language Playlist

The WH Questions in the Persian Language Playlist

Helpful Persian Phrases at the Airport

What worries the travelers at the Iranian airport is finding their way, flight gate, luggage, etc. Although the signs at the airport are in Persian and English and the airport staff can speak English, knowing some essential Persian words and phrases ease navigating at the airport.

Here is a list of the most common Persian words used at the airport. Terminal/ Gate/ Passport/ Visa- same words in the Persian language.

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
Terminal Terminal Gate Gate
Passport Passport Visa Visa
Airport Foroodgah Flight Parvaaz
Ticket Bilit On-time Be Mogheh
Delayed Ba Takhir Canceled Cancel
Luggage / Baggage Chamedaan Hand luggage Bar-e Dasti
Counter Baajeh Visa Counter Baajeye Visa
Travel insurance counter Baajeye Bimeh Mosaferatri Boarding Pass Kart-e Parvaz
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Helpful Persian Phrases at the Airport Playlist

Helpful Persian Phrases at the Airport Playlist

Essential Persian Phrases for Transportation and Finding Directions in Iran

Transportation and finding an address is the vital part of your Iran trip. So, seek help and ask the locals when you face a problem in Iran; Iranians are friendly and help you.

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
Station Istgah Bus Otobus
Metro Metro Taxi Taxi
Supermarket Supermarket Hotel Hotel
Bank Bank Park Park
Bazaar Bazaar Bathroom Dastshooii
Street Khiaabaan Alley Koocheh
Museum Moozeh Money Exchange Saraafi
Where is Kojast Where is the metro station? Istgah-e Metro Kojast?
I'm Lost Man Gom Shodam Entrance Voroodi
Exit Khorooji Right Raast
Left Chap Straight Mostaghim
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Essential Persian Phrases for Transportation and Finding Directions in Iran Playlist

Essential Persian Phrases for Transportation and Finding Directions in Iran Playlist

Farsi Phrases Used for Shopping in Iran

Shopping in the colorful Persian Bazaars and buying Iranian souvenirs is one of the most interesting Iran travel experiences. Also, shopping opens the doors to communication with local sellers.

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When you know essential Farsi Phrases, shopping is more fun, and you can even bargain on the prices. Here is the list of Farsi phrases that can help you have a better shopping experience in Iran.

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
How much is it? In Chandeh? It's expensive! Gerooneh!
Give some discount Takhfif bedid Can I try it on? Mitoonam in ro Bepoosham?
Can I taste it? Mitoonam in ro Bechesham? How much should I pay? Cheghadr Bedam?
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Farsi Phrases Used for Shopping in Iran Playlist

Farsi Phrases Used for Shopping in Iran Playlist

Persian Numbers

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
1 Yek 2 Do
3 Seh 4 Chahar
5 Panj 6 shesh
7 Haft 8 Hasht
9 Noh 10 Dah
20 Bist 30 See
40 Chehel 50 Panjaah
60 Shast 70 Haftaad
80 Hashtaad 90 Navad
100 Sad 1000 Hezaar
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Persian Numbers Playlist

Persian Numbers Playlist

Essential Persian Words and Phrases at A Restaurant

Another fascinating Iran travel experience is trying the delicious and various Persian foods.

In this regard, it is exciting to order your food in a restaurant in Farsi. On the other hand, perhaps the waiter does not know English, so handling a simple conversation in Farsi is a bonus.

The following Essential Persian words and phrases are applicable when you want to eat out in Iran.

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
Menu, Please Meno, Lotfan I would like Man Mikhaam
Food Ghaza I am allergic to tea Be Chai Hasaasiat Daram
Drink Nooshidani Water Aab
Bread Naan Tea Chai
Coffee Ghahveh Breakfast Sobhaaneh
Lunch Naahaar Dinner Shaam
Take out Biroon Bar I'm a vegetarian Man Giaah khaaram
I don't eat Man Nemikhoram It was delicious Khoshmazeh Bood
Bon appetite Noosh-e Jan Check, please Soorat Hesaab, Lotfan
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Essential Persian Words and Phrases at A Restaurant Playlist

Essential Persian Words and Phrases at A Restaurant Playlist

Essential Persian Words and Phrases for Emergency and Medicals Situations

Emergency and medical conditions can occur anywhere during your trip; Even where there is no access to people who know English. In this case, you have two options: waiting until someone who knows English shows up, which is wasting time; Or trying to communicate with local people with simple Persian phrases and asking them for help.

Therefore, it is better to learn essential Persian words and phrases before traveling to Iran for emergency and medical situations. Take a look at the following list.

English Pronunciation in Farsi English Pronunciation in Farsi
Help Komak Accident Tasaadof
Call an Ambulance Be Aambolaans Zang Bezanid Pain Dard
Injury Aasib Wound Zakhm
Vomit Estefragh I have a headache Sar Dard Daaram
I have a stomachache Del Dard Daaram I feel nauseous Haalat Tahavo Daram
I have diarrhea Eshaal Daaram I am constipated Yooboosat Daaram
Sanitary pad Navaar Behdaashti I feel better Behtaram
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Essential Persian Words and Phrases for Emergency and Medicals Situations Playlist

Essential Persian Words and Phrases for Emergency and Medicals Situations Playlist

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