Created with Sketch.
Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation
25 minutes | 16 days ago
Growing Up Irooni- House of Pod's Kaveh Hoda on being Iranian-American in Medicine
Kaveh Hoda is a physician, musician and host of the medical podcast House of Pod in San Francisco. His expertise is in gastroenterology, hepatology and, according to him, making fun of medical grifters. He cohosts the humor adjacent medical podcast, the House of Pod, which is how I first learned ...
35 minutes | a month ago
Growing Up Irooni- Persian Poetics, Growing Up in Detroit and Discovering the Love of Poetry
My name is Leyla Shams, host of the Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation podcast. Today’s interview is with Mohammad Ali, better known as Persian poetics on both Instagram and twitter. He went viral just a few months ago on a twitter thread where he talked about the bestselling poetry book in...
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Ahmad Shamlou - Raz, Part 2
In this lesson, we go over the first half of Ahmad Shamlou's poem, Rāz. Here is the Persian script and English transliteration of this section: با من رازی بودکه به کوه گفتمبا من رازی بودکه به چاه گفتمتو راه درازبه اسب سیاه گفتمبیکس و تنهابه سنگای راه گفتم <strong>bā man rāzee bood,</strong><stron...
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Ahmad Shamlou - Raz, Part 1 with Tehran von Ghasri
In this lesson, we introduce the iconic Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou, and talk about his poem ‘Raz’ or راز, meaning ‘the secret’. Shamlou was born in 1925 in Rasht, and he died in 2000, after a few years of health problems. He went through a few revolutions, he was put in jail and he was a journali...
14 minutes | 2 months ago
Ahmad Shamlou - Raz, Part 3
In this lesson, we continue our study of Ahmad Shamlou's poem, Rāz. We learn the words and phrases in the second half of the poem.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Growing Up Irooni- John Ghazvinian on America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present
John Ghazvinian joins us to talk about his new book, America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present, a comprehensive new survey of the bilateral relationship, based on years of archival research in both Iran and the United States, which he has been working on since 2008. For the past many decad...
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Growing Up Irooni- Yara Elmjouie
Yara Elmjouie is a Webby Award-wnning, James Beard-nominated video producer, journalist, and host at AJ+. He's also a great voice in the Iranian American community, creating engaging videos explaining current conditions in Iran, and documenting the experiences of Iranian Americans. He was born in Los Gatos, California, but grew up visiting Iran often. By the time he got to high school and college, he had an insatiable thirst for deep diving into his language and culture. He currently lives in New York City, and much of his current work chronicles the experiences of the Iranian diaspora.
30 minutes | 6 months ago
Raising Neem-Roonis Interview with Azadeh Shams
Leyla Shams: First, I want to ask you to tell me a little bit about your background. Where were you born and where what is your language background?
18 minutes | 7 months ago
Parts of the Body (Vocabulary Sprint)
In this Persian (Farsi) lesson, we learn the common terms for body. The word for 'body' in Persian is <strong>badan</strong>. In this unit of Chai and Conversation, we are learning several vocabulary words related to a certain theme at once. Listen to the lesson for many different words associate...
12 minutes | 10 months ago
Lesson 84: House / Home (Vocabulary Sprint)
In this Persian / Farsi lesson, we go over vocabulary needed to talk about the home. In Persian, house is called 'khooné' (in written Persian, it's khāné). Different rooms in the house include:
9 minutes | 10 months ago
Sports (Vocabulary Sprint)
This Persian (Farsi) lesson is all about the wonderful words of sports- or <strong>varzesh</strong> in Persian. Varzesh literally means physical exercise, but it's the word used for sports as well. Many of the words for different sports in the Persian language come directly from the western word,...
13 minutes | 10 months ago
Families (Vocabulary Sprint)
In this Persian (Farsi) lesson, we learn the common terms for members of a family. Family in Persian is <strong>khānevādé</strong>. In this unit of Chai and Conversation, we are learning several vocabulary words related to a certain theme at once. Listen to the lesson for many different words ass...
56 minutes | 10 months ago
Growing Up Neem-Rooni- An Interview with Tehran von Ghasri
Tehran Von Ghasri is a half African American, half Iranian comedian who reads and speaks Farsi fluently. Originally, I wanted to interview Tehran to ask him about being raised in a half Iranian family and how his father managed to keep him interested in the Persian language and culture. However, our interview took place a couple weeks after the Black Lives Matter movement erupted in the United States and all over the world following the death of Geroge Floyd.
18 minutes | a year ago
Lesson 83: Emotion (Vocabulary Sprint)
In this lesson, Leyla and her husband Chris go over how to talk about emotions in the Persian language. This lesson is part of the vocabulary sprint series, so they go over several vocabulary words around the theme of feelings and emotions.
33 minutes | a year ago
Raising Neem-Roonis- An Interview with Shabnam Rezaei
This Raising Neem-Roonis interview features Shabnam Rezaei, cofounder of Big Bad Boo, an animation studio featuring cartoons with multicultural themes and diverse languages. Shabnam is the mother of two Neem-Rooni daughters, and the only one of our interviewees that managed to keep her children speaking fluent Persian despite growing up in New York City and having a non-Iranian father. Listen to find ot how she did it!
22 minutes | a year ago
Growing Up Neem-Rooni- An Interview with Adib Khorram
In this conversation with Adib Khorram, young adult fiction writer, we get to hear about the experiences of growing up as a neem-Rooni. Adib was raised in Kansas City, Missouri by an Iranian father and American mother. He didn't grow up speaking the language, but grew up infused in the culture, which he learned to appreciate after going off to college. He had some great insight and wisdom to share about passing on Iranian language and culture to the next generation.
30 minutes | a year ago
Raising Neem-Roonis- An Interview with Reza Aslan
In this Raising Neem-Roonis edition of Chai and Conversation, we talk to author, commentator, producer, professor, and many other hat-wearer Iranian-American Reza Aslan about passing on the Persian culture and language to the next generation. Reza has four neem-Roonis of his own, and talks about the challenges of teaching them the Persian language, but also why it is absolutely imperative to do so.
22 minutes | a year ago
Raising Neem-Roonis- An Interview with Maz Jobrani
In this Raising Neem-Roonis interview, we talk to the most well known Iranian-American comedian, Maz Jobrani. Maz is the father of two half Iranian, half Indian children, ages 9 and 11. He gives advice for those with young children, and shares experiences of people he's met at comedy shows that successfully have held on to their Persian language skills. He also talks about the importance of culture when raising children, and gives advice on how to attract trolls on Twitter.
20 minutes | a year ago
Lesson 82: Food (Vocabulary Sprint)
In this vocabulary sprint lesson, Leyla and her husband Chris go over Persian/ Farsi vocabulary associated with food. Food is an important topic of conversation in Persian culture, as Iranians have a rich history of gathering and celebrating food. In this lesson, we go over different important dishes in Persian culture, such as ghormé sabzi, fesenjoon, and kabob. In addition, we learn the words for different mealtimes. These are:
24 minutes | a year ago
Raising Neem-Roonis- An Interview with Arash Karami
In this second Raising Neem-Roonis interview, we talk to Arash Karami, contributor to Al-Monitor and commentator on Iranian politics. We talk about the challenges of passing on the Persian language and culture to the next generation. You can find Arash on Twitter at @thekarami, where he consistently posts about current Iranian politics, and plenty of dad jokes as well. For more interviews, and lesson on conversational Persian, check out our website at www.chaiandconversation.com
Terms of Service
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
© Stitcher 2021