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Farsi survival dictionary: the language guide you will need to travel around Iran

Planning a trip to Iran? Well, there is something you should know and is that all the people that you meet will be really happy that you visit their country and would love to speak with you, but since they don’t speak much English, they will not be able to do so. That’s why I started this helpful survival dictionary, that allowed us and will allow you not to miss out on one of the best parts of Iran: its people.

So as I did already other times with other languages, here I bring you the most used and useful words and sentences that you will need during your trip in Iran. Of course this will only help you to bail yourself out and to get in deeper conversations you will need Google Translate or a looot of mimics!

As you can see below, the first column is the English word, the second one is the word in Farsi written as it would be pronounced in English and the third and last is the word written in Farsi, that can always come in handy in case your diction slips a little you can show it directly so the conversation continues.

 

    Basics

HiSalamسلام
How are you?Haletoon chetoureh?حالتون چطوره؟
I am fineMan khoobamمن خوبم
BadBadبد
And you?Va shoma?و شما؟
Iran is beautifulIran zibastایران زیباست
Thank youMamnoonممنون
You are welcomeQabeli nadarehقابلی نداره
Enjoy your mealAz qaza lezzat bebaridاز غذا لذت ببرید
Expression you say after eatingNosh e jaanنوش جان
Expression you say to somebody who just took a showerAafiat basheعافیت باشه
The answer to that expressionSalamat bashiسلامت باشی
SorrySharmandehشرمنده
PleaseLotfanلطفا
Excuse meBe bakhshidببخشید
No problemMoshkeli nistمشکلی نیست

 

    Grammatical persons

IManمنWeMaما
YouTouتوYou (plural)Shomaشما
He/She/ItOou/Oou/AAnاو/او/آنTheyAanhaآنها

 

    Introducing yourself

What is your name?Esme shoma chiyeh?اسم شما چیه؟
My name is JordiEsme man Jordi hastاسم من جوردی هست
How old are you?Chand saletoone?چند سالتونه؟
I am 30 years oldMan si saal daramمن سی سال دارم
Where are you from?Az koja oomadi?از کجا اومدی؟
I am from BarcelonaAz Barcelona oomadamاز بارسلونا اومدم

 

    Hitchhiking

Where do you go?Koja dari miri?کجا داری میری؟
I go to TehranMan be Tehran miramمن به تهران میرم
We go to TehranMa be Tehran mirimما به تهران میریم
Me tooManam hamin tourمنم همینطور
Us tooMa ham hamin tourما هم همینطور
Can we go with you?Mitoonim ba shoma biayeem?میتونیم با شما بیایم؟
Center of the townMarkaz e shahrمرکز شهر
HereInjaاینجا
ThereAanjaآنجا
Let’s goBia berimبیا بریم

 

    Eating

FoodQazaغذا
BigBozorgبزرگ
SmallKoochakکوچک
BreadNaanنان
ChickenMorqمرغ
TomatoGoujehگوجه
MushroomsQarchقارچ
RiceBerenjبرنج
BeansLoobiaلوبیا
PotatoesSib zaminiسیب زمینی
How much is it?In che qadr ast?این چقدر است؟

 

    Drinking

WaterAAbآب
MilkShirشیر
CoffeeQahvehقهوه
JuiceAab mivehآبمیوه
TeaChaiچای
HotDaaqداغ
ColdSardسرد
With sugarBa shekarبا شکر
Without sugarBedoon e shekarبدون شکر
CheersBe salamatiبه سلامتی

 

    Wild camping

TentChadorچادر
Can I camp here tonight?Mitounam emshab inja otraq konam?میتونیم امشب اینجا اتراق کنیم؟
Where can I camp?Koja mitounam chador bezanam?کجا میتونم چادر بزنم؟
Where can we camp?Koja mitounim chador bezanim?کجا میتونیم چادر بزنیم؟

 

    Days of the week

MondayDou shanbeدوشنبه
TuesdaySe shanbeسه شنبه
WednesdayChahar shanbeچهارشنبه
ThursdayPanj shanbeپنج شنبه
FridayJomeeجمعه
SaturdayShanbeشنبه
SundayYek shanbeیکشنبه

 

    Numbers

0۰Sefrصفر
1۱Yekیک
2۲Douدو
3۳Seسه
4۴Chaharچهار
5۵Panjپنج
6۶Seshشش
7۷Haftهفت
8۸Hashtهشت
9۹Nouhنه
10۱۰Dahده
11۱۱Yaz dahیازده
12۱۲Davaz dahدوازده
13۱۳Siz dahسیزده
14۱۴Chahar dahچهارده
15۱۵Panz dahپانزده
16۱۶Shanz dahشانزده
17۱۷Hef dahهفده
18۱۸Hej dahهجده
19۱۹Nouz dahنوزده
20۲۰Bistبیست
21۲۱Bist o yekبیست و یک
22۲۲Bist o douبیست و دو
30۳۰Siسی
40۴۰Che helچهل
50۵۰Pan jahپنجاه
60۶۰Shastشصت
70۷۰Haftaadهفتاد
80۸۰Hashtaadهشتاد
90۹۰Navadنود
100۱۰۰Sadصد
150۱۵۰Sad o pan jahصد و پنجاه
200۲۰۰De vistدویست
300۳۰۰Si sadسیصد
400۴۰۰Chahar sadچهارصد
500۵۰۰Pan sadپانصد
1,000۱۰۰۰Hezaarهزار

 

    Other sentences

Do you speak English?Shoma Englisi baladid?شما انگلیسی بلدید؟
I don’t speak FarsiMan Farsi balad nistamمن فارسی بلد نیستم
How do I get to…?Chetour mitounam be …. Beram?چطور میتونم به … برم؟
LeftChapچپ
RightRastراست
Straight aheadMostaqimمستقیم
I understandFahmidamفهمیدم
I don’t understandNa fahmidamنفهمیدم
I like TehranMan Tehran rou doost daramمن تهران رو دوست دارم
I don’t like TehranMan Tehran rou doost nadaramمن تهران رو دوست ندارم
I knowMidounamمیدونم
I don’t knowNa midounamنمیدونم
Where is…?… Kojast?…کجاست؟
Have a nice tripSafar be kheirسفر بخیر
Happy birthdayTavaloudet mobarakتولدت مبارک

 

    Other words

MosqueMasjedمسجد
Train stationIstgah e Qatarایستگاه قطار
AirportForoud gahفرودگاه
ATMKhod pardazخود پرداز
AccommodationMahal e eqamatمحل اقامت
ToiletDast shoo eeدستشویی
StreetKhiabanخیابان
HelpKomakکمک
FriendDoostدوست
BuyKharidanخریدن
TicketBelitبلیت
CheapArzanارزان
ExpensiveGeranگران
TodayEmrouzامروز
TomorrowFaradفردا
YesterdayDi rouzدیروز
OpenedBaazباز
ClosedBastehبسته
BeautifulZibaزیبا
VeryKheiliخیلی
SeaDaryaدریا
ManMardمرد
WomanZanزن
CastleQal ehقلعه
ClockSaa atساعت

 

And that’s it! Would you add any word or sentence? I hope you will find this survival dictionary useful and remember to speak with as many locals as you can during your trip in Iran. After all, these will be the moments you will remember the most once you are back home.
 

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