If you are planning to visit Iran, you will be interacting with a lot of Iranian people. Here is a closer look at Iranian people which should help you know what to expect in your interactions with them.
Iranian people by nature are very warm, friendly, respectful and formal. Most people mainly speak Persian (Farsi) and it helps to learn a few basic words and phrases in Farsi to get by. In case you are lost, seeking directions or making purchases at stores this will help you get your message across.
Young people and shopkeepers in big cities and tourist centers do speak a smattering of English but those instances are few and far between. Do remember that Iran is an Islamic republic and life in the nation is governed by the Muslim religion and its rules. This applies to interacting with people as well.
If you’ve ever travelled in, or around Iran, then you’ve experienced or heard the rumors about the people. Countless travelers rave about their hospitality and their generous, genuine nature. But are the Iranians really as nice as people say? We spent 31 days here and we’ve definitely formed our own opinion.
“Everywhere has friendly people, but wait till you go to Iran!”
Get to know Iranian locals and experience the famous hospitality
Are Iranians really as nice as people say?
Here you see the ideas of tourists about Iranians:
“Are Iranians really as nice as people say?” – Canadian traveler and friend:
From the moment we entered Iran, a few things were clear. The Iranians are very curious about foreigners. Almost immediately after crossing the border from Turkmenistan, we were greeted warmly by local people on the street yelling: “Welcome to Iran!”. People in Iran have three main questions that they want to ask visitors right away, and they usually go in this order:
1. Where are you from?
2. What is your religion?
3. What do you think about Iran?
If the conversation carries on, Iranians will be genuinely interested in your family, your education, your beliefs and your stance on Iranian politics, customs and ceremonies. People who approach you on the street in Iran are very rarely hoping for business and almost always sincerely interested in you and your perspective on their country.
“You don’t even need to book a hotel in Iran; just stand on the street with a perplexed look on your face and a local family will invite you into their home.” – Danish Traveler We Met In Uzbekistan:
While I wouldn’t rely on this completely, it is probably true in Iran. The minute you pull out a map, someone is there to help you. Often if you look thirsty, someone will invite you in for tea and it only takes about 3 minutes of honest conversation before your new Iranian friend will offer up their home, their table, and their life in hopes of making you feel welcome. Granting hospitality to foreigners is deeply ingrained in the Iranian culture and they feel very embarrassed about how they are portrayed in the media.
“Do you believe the news that says that Iranians are all terrorists and extremists?”