|Haalaa aakharesh chand?
Choonehing with a shopkeeper
By Lily Raissi
July 31, 2002
Me - "Agha in chandeh?"
Shop Keeper - "40 hezaar toman."
i was flying! sheesh! life is cheap here... thats what? 35 pounds?!... but no...
i had to "chooneh" i wanted to see if the iranian blood was still alive
Me - "haalaa nemishe yekhoordeh be man takhfif bedin?"
he looked at his calculater for a second.
Shop keeper - "chonke shomaa shomaayin khaanoom, 36 hezaar toman!"
nope... not good enough.. i could do better than the khanoom chadori next to me..
i looked at him and copied the chadori chick who knew her way around.
Me - "haalaa aakharesh cheghadr misheh aaghaa?' (khodam azin gedaa baaziyaa
gerefteh bud... but it was worth a try... i wanted to see taa che had mishe too tehran
he looked at me again.
Shop keeper - " ay baabaa khanoom... hamin 36 toman e digeh - maa ham zano bache
i started looking at the cool earing designs he had on display.
shop keeper - "haalaa agar vaaghan ino baraaye khodetoon mikhaayin baraaye shomaa
yek takhfifeh makhsoos daarim, mikonimesh 30 toman!" (dang! az 40 toman raft
30 toman! thats a 10 hezaar toman difference!)
still not good enough. (i was pretty excited... probably proud too. i KNEW how to
chooneh!) hehehe.. i think i was getting on his nerves. so while laughing i said,
"haalaa aaghaa aakhareh aakharesh chand dar miyaad?"
Shop keeper - "khaanoom shomaa shookhitoon gerefteh? in 'END' e 'END' eshe!!
aslan maaleh khodetoon! baresh daarin berin be salaamat!"
was he 'taarofing' or was he serious? people here are just way too complicated! For
example a couple of days ago i asked our maid if she wanted "maast" with
her 'loobiyaa polo' and she said dastet dard nakoneh! i looked at her blankly for
a second and repeated myself. again she said 'dastet dard nakoneh'.
what did it mean? couldn't she just answer me with a simple 'yes' or a 'no'? in the
end i ended up asking my grandmother if 'dastet dard nakoneh" was a yes or a
no! for your information it was a yes! : P
any ways as i was saying - the dude said that i can take the necklace for free. how
cool was that? how kind are these people.. dang.. i wanna stay.. but i had to taarof..
me - "na aaghaa in harfaa chiye.. raast migin shomaa ham zano bache daarin..
cheghadr behetoon bedam khoobeh?"
Shop keeper - "harchi eshghet mikeshe khaanoom!"
(eshgham mikeshe? what the hell?!.. agar eshgham nakeshid chi? mage eshgh aslan keshidaniyeh?
Az shookhi gozashteh i asked,
"aagha 30 toman khoobeh?"
Shop keeper - "khodet behtar midooni khaanoom (he gave me a dissatisfied look)."
i felt sorry for him.. i paid him the 40 hezaar toman and walked out.. but i was
proud.. proud that i know how to CHOONEH : P