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Note: - I often receive e-mails telling me that the sayings do not use proper written grammar.  All of these sayings are colloquial (slang) expressions.  I present these more of a way to help people get used to the Persian characters and to learn some interesting slang expressions. 

I am in no way attempting to present a formal class in Persian grammar.  For more resources for learning Persian on the Internet see the Persian Language Learning Site at http://www.arizonapersian.com/learnpersian.   For books on learning Persian, see the Arizona Persian bookstore in the Arizona Persian Book List.   


Descriptions for Today's Persian Word for Quiz #15 - Quiz #1

Other Phrases:
Quiz #24 - #16

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #15
 

 

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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dadeh
dadeh

ob
OB.GIF (319 bytes)

beh
beh

gol
gol

dast
dast



Explanation Dast gol beh ob dadeh  - literally means - "He/she handed flowers to the water." This is a colloquial expression meaning "He or she messed up."

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Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #14
 

 

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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hast
hast

hava
hava

beh
beh

sar
sar

khayli
khayli



Explanation Khayli sar beh hava hast  - literally means - "He/she is very head in the air." This is a colloquial expression meaning "He or she is not very smart" or "He or she is a real air head."
Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #13
 

 

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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girefti

kam

dast
dast

ra

man
man



Explanation Man ra dast kam gerifti  - literally means - "You took me less hand." This is a colloquial expression meaning "You took me for granted."
Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #12
 

 

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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nakon
nakon

negah
negah

chap
chap

chap
chap

man
man

beh
beh


Explanation Beh man chap chap negah nakon  - literally means - "Don't look at me left left." This is a colloquial expression meaning "Don't scowl at me." or "Don't give me a dirty look."

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #11

 

 

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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bud
bud

khali
khali

khayli
khayli

jayet
jayet


Explanation Jayet khayli khali bud  - literally means - "Your place was very empty" This is a colloquial expression meaning "Everyone really missed you."

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #10

 

 

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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kardam
KARDAM.GIF (478 bytes)

del
ki

dard
dard

ou
OU.GIF (262 bytes)

ba
ba


Explanation Ba ou dard del kardam   - literally means - "With her/him I pain stomached" This is a colloquial expression meaning "I had a heart-to-heart talk with him or her."

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #9

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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behrakhsam
behrakhsam

ki
ki

saz-e
saz

beh
beh


Explanation Beh saz-e ki behrakhsam  - literally means - "Whose music shall I dance to?" This is a colloquial expression meaning that everything I've heard is different, "Which story should I listen to?"

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #8

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
(read right to left)


payeen
payeen.gif (557 bytes)

bia
bia.gif (335 bytes)

sheytoon
sheytoon

khar-e
khar

az
az


Explanation Az khar-e sheytoon bia payeen - literally means - "Come down off the devil's donkey" This is a colloquial expression meaning 'Don't be so stubborn', much like the American expression "Come down off your high horse."

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #7

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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maleed
maleed

Iran
Iran

beh
beh

raftanam
raftanam


Explanation Raftanam beh Iran maleed - literally means - "My going to Iran was rubbed" This is a colloquial expression meaning that my plans for going to Iran were messed up.
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Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #6

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
(read right to left)


omad
Omad.gif (461 bytes)

dar
Dar.gif (270 bytes)

man
Man.gif (319 bytes)

pedar-e
Pedar.gif (353 bytes)


Explanation Pedar-e man dar omad - literally means - "My father came out" This is a colloquial expression meaning I'm in deep trouble.  Note:  The word dar actually means door - dar omad means came out.
Letters used coming soon!

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #5

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
(read right to left)


bgzar
Bgzar.gif (303 bytes)

jigar
Gigar.gif (211 bytes)

ru-ye
Ruye.gif (248 bytes)

dandoon
Dandoon.gif (310 bytes)


Explanation Dandoon ru-ye jigar bgzar - literally means - "Put your tooth on your liver" This is a colloquial expression used to tell someone to have patience.  It is similar to the American saying "Hold your horses."
Letters used coming soon!

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #4

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
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nakoneh
Nakoneh.gif (224 bytes)

dard
dard.gif (215 bytes)

shoma
shoma.gif (223 bytes)

dast-e
dast.gif (231 bytes)


Explanation Dast-e shoma dard nakoneh - literally means - "May your hand not hurt you." This is a colloquial expression used when thanking someone for a good meal.  I don't know where it originates - But, my guess is that it was from before the time of automatic kitchen utilities.  Perhaps people were suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome from chopping vegetables for those wonderful gourmet Persian food recipes.  (BTW - Be sure to check out the Persian Cook Books in the Arizona Persian Book Store).
Letters used coming soon!

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #3

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
(read right to left)


mishkaneh

gerdoo

domesh

Ba


Explanation Ba domesh gerdoo mishkaneh - literally means - "He or she breaks the walnut with his or her tail." This is a colloquial expression for saying that someone is very very happy.
Letters used coming soon!

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #2

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
(read right to left)

nadareh

ru

o

posht

Gol


Explanation Gol posht o ru nadareh literally means - "The flower has no front or back." This is used most commonly when someone apologizes for turning his or her back to you. It is a polite way of excusing the person for not facing you.
Letters used coming soon!

Today's Persian Word - For Quiz #1

Quiz Books

Pronunciation
(read right to left)

gozasht

pol

az

man

Khar-e


Explanation Khar-e man az pol gosasht is literally - "My donkey crossed the bridge." This is a colloquial expression meaning I just overcame a great obstacle, usually something that represents a milestone.
Letters used coming soon!

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