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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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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

    How do I sweet-talk an Iranian?

    How do I sweet-talk an Iranian?

    Words of affection, for Iranians, will flow out like endless rain into a paper cup. In fact, the Iranian universe is positively overflowing with them — so much so that even the Iranians can’t keep up. If you’re new to learning about affection in Iranian culture, it’s weird; if you’re familiar with Iranian culture, it’s weird. Regardless of how familiar you are, it’s always good to be fresh with your words of affection. To help with this, we put it out to our listeners — asking them to provide us, and you, with the freshest and sweetest of Iranian sweet-talk. Alongside this sweet-talk master-class, we also let you know why this practice is such an important part of Iranian culture. So, if you’re ever thinking, how do I sweet-talk an Iranian?



    Questions we get answers to in this episode



    Will Iranians actually eat your liver?Do other nationalities, like the Russians and French, use sweet-talk?Is it true that the Iranian youth show affection by swearing at you?Where can I go to get the best Iranian street-food, like liver?Do Iranians actually like all this mushy sweet-talk?Where can I buy an Ask An Iranian, “jigaram” (my liver) t-shirt?







    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



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    • 58 min
    Taxi stories... what's Tehran got?

    Taxi stories... what's Tehran got?

    Taxi trips are more than just a means of getting from A to B — they are about the experiences on the journey. Taxi trips in Iran however, are somewhat similar and somehow different. On a taxi journey in Iran, you’ll likely be taken through the entire alphabet, but you can at least hop out happy, knowing that you’re now ‘au fait’ on the latest happenings. This is because Tehran’s taxi drivers are the most up-to-date resource for politics, the exchange rate, and the latest conspiracy theories in Iran.



    To help you have a better experience of getting around Tehran in a taxi, we invited Shanay on the show to share some of her experiences. Shanay is half Iranian, half Austrian, and has recently moved to Iran to embark on a restoration project. During our discussion with Shanay, we also reveal top tips on how to get a taxi in Tehran, where to get it, and how to interact with the drivers. So, taxi stories… what’s Tehran got? For nearly everything you need to know about taxis in Tehran, and more, click here…



    Questions also get answers to during this episode



    What happens when you talk too much in a Tehran taxi?Will Iranian taxi drivers screw me over on journey prices?What different types of taxis are available in Iran?Are there Iranian taxi apps like Uber?How do Iranian taxis look on the inside and out?Has Chris de Burgh ever had a concert in Iran? [no]What type of music do Iranian taxis drivers like to listen to?What ways did Iranians use for getting taxis before taxi apps existed?Are there any Iranian taxi related films? When Iranians drive up and down, which direction are they going?



    Find Shanay on: https://www.instagram.com/shanay.hubmann/







    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Picture credit: Photographer unknown (please contact us for credit). Photo edited by Ask An Iranian.



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    • 56 min
    How do I move to Iran?

    How do I move to Iran?

    A question that has likely crossed your mind this week is, whether you should move to Iran or not. Well, you’re not alone. To help those wrestling with this decision we brought in Katya, the woman behind ‘Stranger In Tehran’. For ten years or so, this Russian-born lady has been using her platform to collect her experiences of Iran and to help others learn more about the place. For this episode David, our host, and Katya join forces to answer the question, how do I move to Iran?



    Top 10 things to know before visiting or moving to Iran



    If for whatever reason you’re thinking of moving to Iran, there are many things that you should consider. Firstly, consider checking through a great many other resources before you check our list below, such as this guide or the helpful website Living In Tehran. Aside from that, we’ve put a helpful list below, to help prepare you for a big move, or a short visit:



    Iran is a predominantly Muslim nation and you must respect the related lawsYou will need to follow dress-codes — differs for men and womenEnglish is used in written form around Iran, such as signs and menusYou cannot use international credit cards in Iran, but can get a debit cardThe weather in Iran can vary wildly in different places, e.g. it snows in TehranDual nationality is not recognised for Iranians in IranSocial protocol (“taarof“) is complex, get familiar with it to save faceIran’s official currency is Rials, but Iranians say Tomans (1 Toman = 10 Rials)Iran observes its own calendar — the weeks start Saturday and end FridayAvoid physical interactions with the opposite gender



    Where to find Katya?



    https://www.instagram.com/stranger_in_tehran



    https://strangerintehran.com







    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Picture credit: photography of Katya, by ‘Stranger In Tehran’.



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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Are Iranians funny?

    Are Iranians funny?

    As is said in Persian, “Iranians worship strangers”, and therefore lavishing them with nuts and tea is a standard. To take it to the next stage however, Iranians need to bring out the compliments and the comedy. In this episode we explore that, and more, with an emerging young Iranian comedian, based in Toronto. Neema Naz joins us to chat about Iranian humour and the contemporary comedy scene, as well as his recent role in the hit TV series, The Boys. So, are Iranians funny?



    Questions we get answers to during this episode



    Who is Neema Naz the Iranian/Canadian comedian and actor?What type of comedy is funny for Iranians?Are Iranians funny?Who are the funniest Iranian comedians?Are there comedy shows in Iran?What has happened to comedy during Covid-19?How do I become a comedian?What types of social media are more effective for a comedian?Where do ‘Ask An Iranian’ record their podcast shows?What do Iranians mean when they say “putting watermelons under your arms”? […they’re overly complimenting you]







    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Image credits: scene from The Boys ©Sony Pictures Television Inc. and Amazon Content Services LLC.



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    • 49 min
    What animal will lead the US?

    What animal will lead the US?

    You know how you sometimes look at a person and think, naked mole rat? Well, this episode is kinda mostly about those kinda moments. These moments seem to exist because we, as humans, can’t help but attribute animal characteristics to things. This can be based on the way something acts, but seems to be more related to the way something looks. This is precisely the case for the American political parties, what with the Democrats using a donkey, and the Republicans using an elephant. We shamelessly wanted to use the international interested over the 2020 American elections and use the spectacle as moment for cultural exploration. So, what animal will lead the US? Read more on our website.



    Questions we get answers to in this episode



    What kinda animals are Trump and Biden?What does the Iranian Supreme Leader think about the US election outcome?Do Iranians support Trump? (answered in episode 05)Do Iranians have daddy issues? (answered in episode 09)Do Iranians like dogs or hate them?What do Iranians think of the English?







    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati



    Image credit: American political party animals in various icons – source icons by Georgiana Ionescu, edited by Ask An Iranian



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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Are Iranian girls players?

    Are Iranian girls players?

    So, we recently learned that you can make a living, sitting on your behind and shooting at virtual characters… even in Iran. To help us get out heads around this, we chatted with ‘Yeggiz’, an Iranian gamer-girl, who is doing just that. Unperturbed by the many issues faced by Iranian gamers, she’s been gaming, streaming, and vlogging since the pandemic hit. We invited her on the show to not only help bring us up to date but to also help our audience understand the fun and the frustration of gaming in Iran. So are Iranian girls players? Read more here.



    During this episode we also get answers to these questions



    Is during a pandemic the best time for Iranians to get married?Are Iranian girls players?Is mobile-gaming considered gaming?What does FPS mean in gaming = “First Person Shooter”What e-sport games can I get contracts through?Do Iranians actually really shoot real living people, outside of games?How do I make money as a gamer in Iran?What technical issues do Iranians face when gaming in Iran?How have sanctions against Iran effected gamers in Iran?Who is Kevin? [unfortunately left unanswered]







    Music credit: “Mahvash, Parivash”, Jalal Hemmati | “Prince of Persia”, from the video game Prince of Persia – 1989 Francis Mechner



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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

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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

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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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