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Salaam and Khosh Amadid! Welcome!
My name is Pontia (silent “i”), and I was born and raised in the U.S. My parents are Iranian, and I grew up with Persian language and culture inside the house and American language and culture outside. Every year growing up, I spent my summer months in Iran learning my parents’ language and about where they came from. “How are you going to write your grandmother a letter one day if you don’t understand her language and culture?” is what I always heard from my father. And while I never wrote that letter, I’m so grateful for the opportunities I have had for visiting Iran. Being neither 100% Iranian nor 100% American has given me a unique (albeit sometimes conflicting) perspective of Iranian culture. I truly enjoy sharing my Iranian heritage, especially at a time when (as some of my friends put it) “Iran is a black hole” and much of its rich culture remains hidden to the world.

This blog was created to give readers insight into a misunderstood country through its history, food, culture, travel, traditions, random anecdotes… and being the language teacher that I am, I can’t help but throw in some useful words/phrases/idioms along the way so you can impress your Iranian friends!

Since starting this blog, I've moved to Tehran to get a deeper appreciation of this culture, not just as a tourist as I had before. In this time, I've had the opportunity to write for various other online publications and have even met a few of my readers and fellow bloggers in Iran! (If you're visiting, feel free to send me an email- I'd love to meet you!)

Thank you for reading and welcome to My Persian Corner!

42 comments:

  1. Hello Pontia,
    Thanks so much for your blog. I, too, am a Persian born Canadian raised person. And, I have always wished to return to Iran to learn and experience my country of birth. I never had the chance, yet.
    I remember being called a liver when I was a kid too! Love it! Thanks again.

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    1. Hello! Yes, all the talk of liver and sacrificing yourself- Iranians are rather dramatic :) But that makes it even more fun to translate literally from Persian to English. I hope you get a chance to visit Iran someday. I'm sure you will love it! Thank you so much for reading!

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  2. Itching to pay a visit to Iran some day...particularly Zahedan and Bam. Thanks for this blog...now I know Iran a lot better than I ever did so far. Glad to have found you. I always believed there's got to be more to Iran than the violent mob culture portrayed in Argo. I am from India and our relationship with your homeland goes back a long way (know the Mughals?). Even our national language, Hindi, is a lovechild of Persian and the ancient Indian Sanskrit! No wonder I can identify so many of those Persian words you use...they sound distinctly familiar even though I know no Persian!

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    1. Hi Amit! Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you have been enjoying the posts and even happier to hear that you would like to visit Iran someday. A big reason why I started this blog is to show that there is definitely so much to Iran than what is portrayed in movies and the news. Yes, our countries go way back, huh. It's interesting for me too when I come across a Hindi word and can say, Hey! I understand that! :) Thanks again for reading!

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  3. Hello Ponita

    It is an amazing blog yet fascinating to see your hard work. "Daste Shoma Dard Nakonad... Kheylie Mamnoon"

    Tow thumbs up!!!!

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    1. Sare shoma dard nakone ;) Thank you for reading and for the encouraging feedback!

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  4. Hi! I just came across your blog, and I totally fell in love. I actually starred it right away, so I look forward to read your future posts. This blog is beyond amazing. As a persian girl, raised in Norway, sites like these make me feel closer to Iran and my history. And to be quite honest, I am very proud of it!
    Just wanted to thank you for your incredible job, hezaaaarta merci!
    Kolle shab neshestam hame postato mikhonam.

    Keep up the good work, and again MERCI :)

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    1. Hi Tina! Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words!! It made me so happy. It's feedback like this that always gives me energy to keep writing :) Thank you so much for reading <3

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  5. Pontia,Thank you so much for your blog. I am Italian and Engaged to an Iranian and I find your blog so beautiful and helpful. I am falling in Love with the Iranian culture and with farsi even more by reading all the beautiful expressions you have kindly written in your blog. I am still a begginer and trying to learn as much as I can for when I will meet my future mother in law:)
    Thank you again for your beautiful illustrated blog,
    a big hug
    Letizia

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    1. Hi Letizia!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It makes me so happy that you find my blog helpful, especially for when you meet your future mother in law :) Thank you so much for your support and for reading!
      Mibusamet

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  6. Dear Pontia!
    First of all - Thank you for this fantastic blog. I find it so intresting and you discribe persian culture in a very nice and simple way. I'm a 25-year old swedish girl and last year I found the love of my life. A young man from Iran. He have been living in Sweden for almost four years and his family still lives in Teheran. So, in august I'll do the most importand trip in my whole life. I'll go with him to Iran and visit his family. Im so exited and scared in the same time. I have been traviling a lot but this will be a real big one.

    So thank you for your blog! It has giving me a grip of the taarof-thing and I'm not longer so afraid of going. It's so important for me that his family likes me and I don't want them to think I'm rude or dissrespectful. In Sweden, we speek wery clearly to eatch other. I was raised by wikings ;)

    So thank you again and I will keep on reading you wounderful blog!

    Love
    Ingrid

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    1. Ingrid jane aziz!! It's so wonderful to hear you've met the love of your life and he's Iranian :) I'm sure his family will absolutely love you and shower you with gifts and attention! Iranians are incredibly hospitable and caring, as I'm sure you know. I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip in August- and maybe you wouldn't mind sharing some experiences when you get back ;)

      Thank you so much for reading, and I wish you all the best!!

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  7. Dear Pontia! I will give you a suggestion for uppcoming music monday :) I have been trying to translate it myself, but my persian is quite bad ;) When I heard this song... I just couldn't stop grying. My feelings made war inside of me. I felt love, sorrow, hope, death. This song means a lot to me and still gets my knees to shake:

    Babak Jahanbakhsh ft. Reza Sadeghi - Mano baroon

    Love ♥ and thank you for a wonderful blog

    Ingrid

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    1. My dear Ingrid, thank you so much for saving me from a musicless Monday ;) I just couldn't come up with anything. What a great song! And Reza Sadeghi is fabulous. Keep the suggestions coming! And thank you for reading my blog <3

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  8. Hello Pontia!
    Thank you for the amazing blog! Please keep it up to date! I love my summer holidays in Iran. This blog will be my guide to a fantastic holiday in iran from now on :D Stay wonderful x

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment, Roxana joon! Summers in Iran really are the best, aren't they? Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  9. Hi,Pantio or as in persian Pante'A

    i don't know how i found your blog but it's a fantastic and some creativity like word of the day or music Monday made it more attractive :)
    Good Luck :))

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    1. Hi, thank you so much! Glad you find my blog and thanks for reading!

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  10. salam pontia
    I think that you know it so I'm gonna write in persian
    dashtam darbareye swatiska ya hamoon gardooneye mehr tooye masjed jame yazd mikhoondam ke blog toro peida kardam.
    man khodam bacheye yazdam va kheili khoshhal shodam ke az shahre man khoshet oomade.
    neveshte hat vaghean tahsin barangizan.
    movafagh bashi azizam

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    1. Kheyli kheyli mamnoon :) Bale man ashegh Yazd or Yazdia shodam. Inshallah zoodi barmigardam. Merci ke blogamo khundin o movagagh bashin hamishe!

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  11. This is very cool! My dad/baba is from Iran, but my brother and I were born and raised in the U.S. I received some Farsi instruction when I was very young, but it never developed fully. I want to speak it well enough some day so that my relatives don't ALWAYS have to communicate in English with me =).
    Fantastic website - thanks!
    - Aazar

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    1. Thanks for reading! There are some fantastic resources out there now to learn Persian. It's definitely worth learning- maybe even surprise your relative one day ;)

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  12. سلام پانته آ جان.
    خیلی وبلاگ جالب، زیبا و حیرت آوری داری.
    به خاطر این همه زحمتی که کشیدی از تو ممنونم.
    من از طرف خودم و تمام هشتاد ملیون ایرانی از تو تشکر میکنم.
    از طرف تمام ایرانی ها شما رو میبووووووووووسم.
    شما تو دل ما جا داری.
    ایشالا خدا عمر بده تا وبلاگ شما رو بخونیم.
    دوست دار شما
    آرش

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    1. سلام آرش جان
      من نمیدونم چطوری و با چه زبانی از شما تشکر کنم. منو شرمنده کردی والله
      خیلی خیلی لطف داری و خیلی خیلی ممنونم که وبلاگمو میخوانی.
      واقعآ به من انرژی دادی که ادامه بدم.
      انشالله که موفق باشی و بازهم یک دنیا ممنون :)))

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  13. Salam pontia,

    I've found your blog because i was actually finding a translation for a sentence my fiancé send me: "delam barat tang shode". she is from iran, now living with me in the netherlands. Since we've met i've been to iran 3 times now, and i love my family in law and the culture. Reading your blog has been very fun. I recognize so much.. But also shows me some stuff i have been doing wrong but have not been told since persians are too kind too point it out :P. I will keep reading and hope you will keep it up :)

    -Paul-

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    1. Hi Paul, so glad you found my blog and glad it's been helpful! I'm sure you've been doing everything just fine and anyway, Iranians always find the "wrong" stuff "cute" :) so not to worry. You've visited 3 times! Wow, so you must have seen quite a bit. Hope you keep coming back. Wish you and your fiance the best of luck and thanks for reading :))

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  14. I stumbled upon this blog while I was searching something on Google - and let me say I am glad I found this blog! I love it :)

    I myself was born in Tehran, but I'm Armenian. I've spent several summers in Iran as a kid - and I honestly miss going back there. Keep the blog post coming.

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    1. Hi Melanie, thank you so much! So glad you found it :) Hope you can make it back for a visit one day :) Thanks for reading!

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  15. I appreciate your great contribution for expanding Persian culture and language. God bless you and your family!
    ز کوی یار می‌آید نسیم باد نوروزی
    از این باد ار مدد خواهی چراغ دل برافروزی
    (حافظ شیرازی)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and poem :) I greatly appreciate it!

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  16. I don't know what was I googling for and stumbled upon your blog! Lucky me! Recently, I started to learn Parsi, by myself, with the help of online courses. I was brought up in Bulgaria so I discovered there are similarities in the cuisines, there are Parsi words in the Bulgarian language, to some extent even the different sentence structure are similar. So, I am very happy that you teach this language here. I find it difficult but as I study it only for being curious and to learn how to read and write, so I take my time! Thanks!!!
    Cheers,
    Nadezhda

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    1. Great to have you here Nadezhda, and thank you for your kind words. Please let me know if you have any questions or curiosities :) I'm interested to know the similarities with Bulgarian cuisine and language. Thanks again for reading!

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  17. Salaam Pontia,
    thank you so so much for your blog! It's just what I needed.
    Me living in Germany, I meet every day a lot of refugees, and speaking for my city, especially refugees from Iran. And I'm very proud to say that I already became really close friends with a few of them. We don't know them that long, but it's already like they belong to us. And I don't want to miss them anymore!
    So getting to know people from Iran made me want to learn persian/farsi. I love to learn new lanuages but this one really means a lot to me. And I want to make it right!
    I'm so glad that I stumbled across your blog, because it helps a lot to understand the culture and everything going with it. And the other way around it helps me to understand my new found friends and help them to settle in there new home far away from home!
    Seeing their appreciation for what my friends and I do for them is the biggest reward and that's what keeps us going.
    So thank you very much for your hard work! I just started reading and can't wait to find more time to continue!

    Vanessa :)

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    1. Salaam Vanessa,
      So great to have you here! What you are doing in Germany is so wonderful and absolutely invaluable!! and I'm sure you and your friends are helping more than you know.
      I'm so glad that my blog is helpful and I really appreciate your taking the time to read it :) Best of luck with all your work and thanks again for your kind words :)

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  18. Hi Pontia,

    Your blog is fantastic. Congratulations on your blog! I know you are going to share a lot of value on the pages and posts of this blog, and it’s going to grow into a huge massive value for you.Thank you for sharing your insight.

    Best Regard

    Fatemeh

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    1. Thank you so much Fatemeh for your kind comments. Your blog is also fantastic and I enjoy reading the posts. <3 Please keep it up!

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  19. Dear Pontia,

    I ran into your blog by googling "cool persian slang":) I'm learning Farsi in Tehran at the moment, unfortunately and understandablely our teachers don't teach us any of these cool stuff. And my farsi isn't good enough yet to pick up some from the street. Thank you so much for having written this blog! There's many people just like me who love the Persian language and can't wait to learn more. Keep it up! :)

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    1. Hi Juli,

      I'm so glad you found it and it's been helpful :) I can imagine that they wouldn't teach slang like this in your classes, but it definitely comes in handy talking to friends and understanding others on the street. Thanks so much for reading!

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  20. سلام بانو پونتیا
    تصادفا از مسیر دیگری در دنیای مجازی عبور می کردیم ( در باب پاپ کورن و معادل آن در فارسی) که به یمن و خجستگی پای در کوی شما نهادیم. سرزندگی ، شادابی ، و روح امید و مهربانی در مطالب تان موج می زند. دستنوشته هایتان را خواندیم از سر شوق. کلبه ی زیبایی آفریدید. دعوت می کنم که اگر مقدور بود سری هم به کرمانشاه بزنید. در غرب ایران.درب خانه ی درویشی ما به رویتان باز است..... درود بیکران بر شما

    بابک محمودپور

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    1. سلام ممنونم از کامنت و لطف زیاد شما
      خیلی دوست دارم کرمانشاه را ببینم و امیدوارم که امسال بتوانم بیام
      مرسی که وبلاگم را میخوانید
      موفق و شاد باشید

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