I am planning to visit Iran soon and, unfortunately, I don't speak a word of Persian. As an Azerbaijani, I am curious whether I should try to speak to people there Azerbaijani or English, given the fact that according to different numbers, 16-25% of Iran's population comprise of Azerbaijanis.
I am aware of the fact that people in Iran understand English, but I don't want to look like a tourist from another world, would be more pleasant to feel like a neighbor there.
Speaking of my destinations, I would love to visit Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Bam and the northern regions of Iran where most of the Azerbaijanis live, like Tabriz, Ardabil, Khoy etc.
So, my questions are:
- how useful Azerbaijani language will be in my destinations?
- would it be arrogant/unpleasing in any manner to try to speak to people there in Azerbaijani?
A local's insight would be extremely interesting!