Being in foreign land always challenges one on the communication front, especially when the languages differ very much. In India, a land where you will find more than 700 different languages out of which 22 are listed in the constitution, it most definitely becomes a task to reach out to and understand everyone. Even though English has continued to be an important language; it is Hindi (No, it’s not the same as Indian, there’s no language such as Indian) that is widely spoken throughout the country.
Here’s a preliminary guide that includes basic words, phrases and expressions that could help you communicate when you are in India.
- Help! - Bachao, Madad karo
- Fire! - Aag lagi hai
- Stop- Ruk jao
- Call the police- Police ko bulao
- Call an ambulance - Ambulance bulao
- I need help. - Mujhe madad chahiye
- I am hurt - Mujhe chot lagi hai
- Hello, Hey - Namaste/ Namaskar
- Yes - Haan
- No - Na , Nahi
- Okay - Theek hai
- Bye - Phir milenge
- Good Morning - Suprabhat
- Good Night - Shubh Ratri
- Sorry - Maaf kijiye
- Thank you - Dhanyawad/ Shukriya
- Please- Kripaya
- Let’s go - Chalo/Chaliye
- What? - Kya?
- Why?- Kyun?
- When? - Kab?
- How? - Kaise?
- Who? - Kon?
- Where? - Kahan?/ Kidhar?
- Take left- Bayein taraf lo
- Take Right - Daayein/ Seedhi taraf lo
- How are you? - Aap kaise hain?
- I am well, thank you - Main theek hun, dhanyawad.
- Pleased to meet you- Aapse milke bahut acha laga.
- What’s your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- My name is Jack- Mera naam Jack hai.
- How much is this? - Yeh kitne ka hai?
- How much is that? - Wo kitne ka hai?
- What’s the time right now? - Kya samay hai abhi?
- I am from Japan.- Main Japan se hun.
- Where’s this? - Ye kahan hai?
- Where’s that? - Wo kahan hai?
- Where’s the hotel? - Hotel kahan hai?
- Where’s the toilet? - Toilet kahan hai?
- I don’t understand. - Mujhe samajh nahi aaya.
- This is good. - Yeh acha hai.
- This is not good. - Yeh acha nahi hai.
- I know. - Mujhe pata hai.
- I am hungry - Mujhe bhook lagi hai.
- I am thirsty. - Mujhe pyaas lagi hai.
- I want that. - Mujhe wo chahiye.
- I want this. - Mujhe ye chahiye.
- I like this. - Mujhe yeh acha laga.
- I like that. - Mujhe wo acha laga
- I don’t like this - Mujhe ye acha nahi laga
- I don’t know- Mujhe nahi pata.
- Have a nice day.- Aapka din acha ho.
- He/ She is my friend. - Ye mera/ meri dost hai.
- This is my wife. - Ye meri patni hai.
- This is my husband. - Ye mere pati hai.
- I need to make a call.- Mujhe ek phone karna hai.
- Can I borrow that? - Kya main ye le sakta (male)/sakti (female) hun?
- Go away!- Mujhe akela chod do.
- Happy birthday! - Janamdin mubarak ho!
- I’ll see you tomorrow. - Kal milte hain.
To learn how to say these correctly and to add a few more to your hindi vocabulary; watch this video.
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