Love, language learning and a grandmother's joke
bbc / Daniel Nasaw

The BBC's Daniel Nasaw wants to learn Farsi to get closer to his Iranian-American partner and her family. And nothing but a 33-year-old row between Washington and Tehran is getting in the way.

I was surrounded by Iranians. We were drinking tea in my partner's mother's crowded, sunny living room in Florida. My partner Layla and her relatives were chatting away in Farsi, paying me scant attention.

Were they talking politics or football or the lunch menu? I had no idea.

Suddenly the room fell silent.

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