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Why do Iranians think I am tired all of the time?
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In this episode, we discuss an odd question by Karen, who we suspect has Iranian friends that keep telling her, “don’t be tired”. This is the translation of the term, “khaste nabashi”, and it’s maybe one of the most important things you should learn about Iran and Iranians.

We also tackle other topics, such as…

  • How should I use the Persian term “khaste nabaashi” (“don’t be tired”)?
  • When should I not use the term “khaste nabaashi”?
  • How should I greet and thank Iranian taxi drivers?
  • If I only ever learn one Persian (Farsi) phrase, what should it be?
  • How long is a ‘one metre ice cream’?

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Persian (Farsi) words used during the show

PersianEnglish translation
Khaste nabashi:“Don’t be tired”
Khoda hafez:Good bye, or “may God keep you safe”
Bastani metri:A “one metre” ice cream (measuring around 40cm)
“a” appearing alone, is pronounced as a short-a — double ‘aa’s are long, as used in the word “water”

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Picture of a Persian cat, by Dan Dennis, edited by Ask An Iranian 2020