TAAROF or compliment is one of the most complicated words in the Persian language. Persian compliments have different meanings in different situations and times. So, we need to know the Persian language for the correct understanding of these compliments. TAAROF or compliment is an Arabic word (in Persian) to the expression of a non-translatable word in English, use to express a wide range of Iranian social behaviors.
These behaviors and
For example, a custom buys some things and wants to pay the price.
customer: How much is this shirt.
Seller: He smiles and Doesn't say the price and says" Ghabeli
customer: So many thanks, you are very kind, please, How much is this.
Seller: In God, you are my guest and say again " Ghabeli
customer: Thank you very much you are very kind.
This conversation with different words will repeat many times between them. But finally, he pays the price.
The customer wants to pay, the seller wants to take, both of them know this, but they have TA AROF or compliment.
Someone invites his friend home.
for hospitality, He compliments him to use fruits and sweets or says Make yourself at home.
His friend says thank you.
guest: Thank you
The Iranian people have TAROF or
Taarof has different linguistic and
This style of social conversation is not taught in any school Children are educated from the outset by parents and relatives as well as community members. This is one of the oral and unwritten rules of
During your stay in Iran, you will hear many times: Here you are
Compared to most other societies, Iranian are very polite. Iranians address each other with great respect, consideration,
An Iranian would never eat in front of others without inviting them to his/her food, sit with his/her back against someone without apologizing dearly, or end a telephone conversation without a tirade of well-wishing phrases.
Instead, Iranians belittle their own accomplishments, refuse invitations several times before accepting, and, when receiving compliments for a new shirt or dress, insist you take it as a gift. Another aspect of Iranian compliments is often seen in restaurants. When one of the guests is going to pay the restaurant bill.
Friends or relatives often ask him to pay
There are many examples of Iranian compliments.