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When hitchhiking in the north of the country, it might occur that people stop just to ask if you need assistance unrelated to transportation. In fact, you don't stand longer than 10 minutes without some car stopping for you. It can be even a police/army vehicle (they are in every corner of Iran): they will pick you up and even stop a car for you and convince a driver to take you further.
In Farsi language (official language in Iran spoken as a first or second language by most citizens) the word "hitchhiking" doesn't exist. The translation of this word found in English-Farsi dictionaries seem to have a confusing effect on locals of Iran since they hear it for the first time in their lives. Though some people (especially couchsurfers or young Tehranians) know about it, call it "autostop" or English "hitchhiking". The Farsi ''majani savar shodan'' seems to be the closest. Useful phrases are:
Do you go to ...? - shoma be ... mirin?
Can you do me a favour please? - Mishe ie lotfi be man bokonin?
Can you give me a ride to ...? - Mom kene man ro be ...
beresoni? lotfanI don't want to pay - Man nemicham pul bedam
In the North West of
Turkey (Tabriz area, until Qazvin), Turkish will work equally well.
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