On this episode, I chat with an Iranian scientist about her country and culture.

English Level: B1 🇮🇷🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1.  Introduction (0:21)
  2.  Growing up in Iran (02:10)
  3.  Cultural qualities of Iran (08:20)
  4.  Economic situation of Iran (16:20)
  5.  Misconceptions about Iran in the West (23:19)
  6.  Travel advice from a local (27:30)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Anecdotally (adverb) – anekdotisch 
  2. Exposure (noun) –  Ausgesetztsein
  3. Admire (verb) – (jdn./etw.) bewundern 
  4. Perilous (adj.) – gefährlich 
  5. Knowledge gap (noun) – Wissenslücke

Phrases to Remember:

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect use of an adjective) economic classes NOT economical (17:31)

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Which animal was NOT one of Nayere’s pets growing up as a child?
  2. What is one of the most noticeable qualities of Iranian culture?
  3. What factors influence the economic situation of the people?
  4. Is it true that people still use camels as a means of transportation in Iran, or is this a wrong picture?
  5. What are two things people don’t know about Iran due to incorrect/one-sided media reports?
  6. What is “Damavand” – Nayere’s favorite place?


Question to consider:

Do you have a story of a positive encounter with a stranger?


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