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xaali bastan

‘to lie’ ‘to blow hot air’ xaali bastan, as explained by our lovely Sadaf ❤ We have been treated to its origins as well, based on the words of Persian Professor Kazzazi It carries a similar meaning to the English idiomatic expression ‘to blow hot air.’ The idea that someone is talking empty-talk, over-exaggerating about […]

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Az pas-e chizi bar Amadan

To handle something To manage (to do) something Today we have an expression from our lovely Hamedeh. It is a very useful one that can be used most days – though perhaps somedays its better suited in the negative 🤦‍♂️😂 ghabul shodan to be accepted قبول شدن mashghul busy, engaged مشغول motman shodan to be […]

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Sanctions — Why are we not all talking more about them?

In 2018 I spent 9 months in Iran speaking and connecting with young Iranians as they were moving through stages of education, employment and planning for the next steps to come. They came from different cities, different social classes and had differing relationships with religion and the government. What the majority did share though, was […]

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experiences

Varzaneh

Wake up, stretch out, take a yawn and look around. Imagine that all you can see are the soft, or sharp inclines and declines, wrapping around themselves as far as you can see. The soft silky sand dragons which are the sand dunes of Varzaneh. Ah, still my beating heart – this is some beauty […]

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شکار آهو

Today we have a beautiful cover of Shekare Ahou, given to us by a Farsi Language Student who is also a wonderful Singer and Musician. I am not sure who the original singer/songwriter was. There are many covers available on Youtube however! Anyone who has more information please comment below 🙏 Take care ❤ Mixam […]

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Experiences of Iran

A short summary of a language student’s time in Iran When we think of Iran our minds naturally drift to the imagined historical Iran – The Iran of the Zoroastrians, the Great Persian Empire – with marvels such as Persoplis, Masters of Poetry, Philosophy and Spirituality such as Hafez and Rumi. We too, think of […]

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Black Mirror

A recommendation by Rayehe Click on the ‘open in new tab’ option on our download button to follow along with the soundbite, see the translation, learn key vocabulary words and learn a grammar point or two.. Today we bring you another expression. We have given the voice file and a PDF ! If you have […]

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Parallel Iran

Recently I came across Parallel Iran, a recent start-up founded by Iranian filmmaking and media production graduate and all round powerhouse Hatefeh Majidi. The goal of Parallel Iran is to provide a platform for other representations of Iran which are not solely focused on the political circumstances in Iran, but those which look to the […]

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Introduction to Professor Dariush Ashoori’s talk on Orientalism

Take a look at the keywords below and then watch the video below, trying to listen out for them. The first part of the video transcript has been provided below however, we have given only the keywords for the rest of the video (in order) and their translation – see if you can hear each […]

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