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There's nothing sensible about what we're doing — like hosting Iran's #1 English-language podcast, based in Iran... until we can't. So get that hashtag ready #FreeAskAnIranian

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    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

There's nothing sensible about what we're doing — like hosting Iran's #1 English-language podcast, based in Iran... until we can't. So get that hashtag ready #FreeAskAnIranian

    Are all Iranian men mummy's boys?

    Are all Iranian men mummy's boys?

    In Iran we don't refer to somebody as the special child of a family — we refer to them as the golden willy. And, we think that's cute, if not a little sexist. Fret not though dear sisters, because this is not considered a compliment. A golden willy, or "dodool talā" as we say in Persian, can also be described as a mummy's boy. For a gender-neutral term, we say "bache naneh" to imply that a person is spoilt. Now, are there multiple terms in Persian for this because Iranian men are mostly mummy's boys? Seemingly yes — but hear us out.



    Once again—and by popular demand—we invited Shanay to join us and share her perspective. Yes, we couldn't go into a matter concerning Iranian men, without an Iranian women's perspective. We're not necessarily suggesting that Shanay knows more about golden willies than we do... but we kinda are.



    Don't just listen to us though! No, no! Among other related questions, we put it out to our Iranian audience and asked them whether Iranian men are mommy's boys. The results were more frightening than we expected — yes, you were warned. So, wanna know if, how, and why Iranian men have a complex relationship with their mothers.



    Read more here.



    Questions we also get answers to in this episode



    Why are Iranian men mummy's boys?What is the Persian (or Farsi) for mummy's boy?Do Persian women (Iranian women!) like mummy's boys?Why do Iranian mother make "mama's boy"?Is it the fault of Iranian mothers that Iranian men are spoilt?What does Maz Jobrani have to say about "mommy's boys"?Do Persian girls get put off by dating mummy's boys?What does "doodool tala" mean?





    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Image credit: 3D golden banana on a turquoise background, created by Ask An Iranian.



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    What MUST you do in Iran?

    What MUST you do in Iran?

    No, this isn't about tourist stuff — no, no, this one is about what you're kinda forced to do in Iran. And yes, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a list of what you must do in Iran would be longer than other nations — but is that strictly true? Well, probably yes. How much more, is something we go deep into, with this episode.



    As you might expect, there are dress codes that you must respect in Iran (for both men and women), and there are several musts that you won't expect. For example, you must officially name your child a certain way. With the help of our Iranian audience, we get into this, and more — so be sure to read more here to learn more.





    Questions we also get answers to in this episode



    What tourist things must you do in Iran?Are you likely to kill a 5th dimension version of yourself?What must men and women wear in Iran?Is there a dress code for men in Iran?How much should women cover up in Iran?Why do old Iranian houses have two knockers on the doors?Are men and women allowed to share a taxi in Iran?Can non-related men and women be together in public?Are the people from Yazd conservative?Does Iran have a conscription military service?What happens if you leave the Islamic faith?









    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Image credit: original photo of multiple Iranian women in black hejāb by Mehdi Sepehri on Unsplash, edited by adding a face mask to the child, by Ask an Iranian.



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    • 58 min
    Farsi or Persian — who's wrong?

    Farsi or Persian — who's wrong?

    You might say you speak German, French, or Swahili, but you never say you speak Deutsch, Français, or Kiswahili. This is the logic behind people saying they speak Persian—when saying it in English—as opposed to saying they speak Farsi. Why let logic get in the way of your "feels" though?! You call it what you want! Farsi or Persian, Parsi or Iranian, who cares?! Oh, we do, kinda — enough at least that we'd make a podcast episode about it.



    To help us get into this much contested topic, we sought the help of a popular language enthusiast. We called upon Canada-based Iranian, Bahador Alast, to help us clear this one up... for now at least. Since 2013, Bahador has invited many international guests on his YouTube channel to talk with him about similarities between languages. Up until late 2021 these videos have been seen around 45m times.



    So is it Farsi, or is it Persian? Listen to this episode to hear our take — then come for us in the comments.





    Questions we also get answers to in this episode



    Which is correct, Farsi of Persian?What percentage of Iranians refer to it as Farsi or Persian?Is it not better to refer to Persian as Parsi?







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    https://www.instagram.com/BahadorAlast



    https://www.youtube.com/c/BahadorAlast









    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Image credit: Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda, Iranian linguist and author of the Dehkhoda dictionary - edited with the tongue of Albert Einstein - Ask An Iranian, some rights reserved – 2021



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    • 37 min
    What is the most Iranian thing?

    What is the most Iranian thing?

    The Americans have obesity, the French have snobbery and the Saudis have hacksaws, but what is the most Iranian thing? To help figure this one out, we called on the help of our audience, and the results... were weird, in parts. We obviously got answers such as Persian rugs, nose jobs, and saffron, but we weren't expecting so many things related to the toilet.



    So, to help you get familiar with why the most Iranian things are the most Iranian things, be sure to check our website here.



    Questions we also get answers to in this episode



    What are the top ten most Iranian things?Do Sharjah Filipinos dress recognizably?Which nation sells the most saffron (it's not Iran, kinda)?What is taarof and why is it so Iranian?Why do Iranians use "ghand" instead of regular sugar?What is in the popular Iranian dish, Ghormeh Sabzi?Are Iranians good drivers?How do Iranian cook rice?Why do Iranians add tomato ketchup to everything?Which is correct Farsi or Persian?Why do Iranians wrap everything in plastic?How are Iranian toilets different?What is an "aaftaabeh" and why are they used in Toilets?Why do Iranians sit on the floor to eat?What is the most popular social media for Iranians?Why do Iranians households have so many facial tissue boxes?





    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Image credit: aftabeh with the ancient Persian Cyrus Cylinder from the 6th century BC (British Museum London) and the Golden Achaemenid Rhyton from 5th century B.C.E. (National Museum of Iran) - Artwork by Ask An Iranian, 2021.



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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Fingilish, or is it Pingilish?

    Fingilish, or is it Pingilish?

    You make sounds — mouth sounds. You make them with intention because you probably want to ask your Pilates instructor if you can swap Tuesdays for Mondays. Other peoples do this, but with different mouth sounds — mouth sounds that have gradually found characters, and gradually become alphabets. This is pretty handy because it'll help you kinda figure out the intentions of peoples with very different mouth sounds.



    Pingilish (or Fingilish) is the Romanisation of the Persian (or Farsi) language. It can help you figure out the response of your Iranian pilates instructor. So, assuming you have no grasp of the Persian alphabet but share an understanding of those mouth-sounds — "aakhey!" — Tuesdays get swapped for Mondays.



    In this episode, we discuss how Pingilish (or Fingilish) came into use, and why it's kinda going out of use. We also get into which Persian phonemes can have which Latin characters, because yes, there is no standard. So, wanna learn what Pingilish (or Fingilish) is and how to use it.



    Read more here: https://askaniranian.com/fingilish-or-is-it-pingilish



    Questions we also get answers to in this episode



    Which is correct, Pingilish or Fingilish?Why is the word Tehran written differently in different places?Which should I use, "oo", "ou"?Why do Iranians write using the Arabic script?How do I write in Pingilish or Fingilish from Persian script?Which should I use. "ee", "ei", "i" or "y"?How does Persian and Arabic pronunciation of the alphabet differ?Are there capital letters in the Persian or Arabic script?





    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Image credit: The Fingilish or Pingilish word for "which", written in many Romanised ways, and styled like an old Nokia mobile phone. Designed by Ask An Iranian, 2021.



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    • 35 min
    Why do Iranians think we're better than them?

    Why do Iranians think we're better than them?

    To Iranians, ze Germans are foreign, but ze Chinese… well, they're just Chinese! It’s the same with many other nationalities and ethnicities for Iranians in Iran — some are foreign and some are just themselves. This type of categorisation tacitly exists and is just… discriminatory. Yes, it’s kinda racism, but the good kind, right! Iranians will hold certain peoples in high esteem and although they won’t make their prejudices institutional, they will bestow privilege to those deemed foreign. Enraged? Don’t be! Allow us to explain how it is that Iranians can be racist, kinda.



    Throughout this episode, we also provide anecdotes from various foreign friends of the show. They were kind enough to share their stories of how Iranians have judged them as foreigners. These stories were provided by a Brazilian, a Brit, a Syrian, and an Afghanistani. Most of their experiences were positive, but no prizes for guessing which of them experienced the opposite.



    So, go here if wanna read more about why Iranian love foreigners, but only certain foreigners?



    Questions we also get answers to in this episode



    Are Iranians racist?Are Iranians "kinda" racist?How exactly do Iranians determine who is foreign?How are people from Afghanistan treated by Iranians?Is using the word "Afghan" for people from Afghanistan racist or otherwise inappropriate?Why are Iranians racist or insulting towards people from Afghanistan?What do Iranians think of Brazilians?How do I date an Iranian?What do Iranians think of Arabs?Will I be overcharged in Iran?What do Iranians think of the British?





    Image credit: Marion Doss, via Flickr - "Conference of the 'Big Three' at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin." February 1945. Image edited by Ask An Iranian, 2021.



    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

shadishahab ,

Mahvash, Pareevash💃🏻

I love the running joke of David coming to Iran followed by the national anthem😂

mahdiyeh_x.b.z ,

i loved it

congratulations for this podcast.it is so entertaining and fun.and I am glad to find this podcast from the digest podcast.good luck
I am waiting for your crazy episodes

Sahabzzz ,

Entertaining,informative and fun!

The show provides an unusual modern twist on an ancient yet unfamiliar nation. It’s entertaining yet informative, with excellent production quality. I’m keen to hear more!

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