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Basic Hindi Expressions

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Kristie, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Kristie

    Kristie New Member

    What are some of the most commonly used ad useful Hindi words that I should learn before traveling to India? I need a small list of courtesy expressions that I can use. I have tried looking on Google Translate, but the translations don't really make a lot of sense. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  2. Ritika Sharma

    Ritika Sharma Member

    There are many common words in Hindi that one should learn before travelling to India, but one of the most common word that one should know is Namaste.

  3. chunud

    chunud New Member

    Most Frequently Used Hindi Words are
    Namaste means Hai
    Paani means Water
    Ghar means House
    Subha means Morning
    Raat means Night
  4. swalia

    swalia Guest

    Namaste= a form of greeting like hello
    Aap kaise hain= how are you?
    Dhanyawaad= thank you!
    Main theek hoon= I am fine.
    Maaf kijiye = I am sorry.
    Yeh kitne ka hai?= How much this costs?
    Woh kya hai?= What is that?
  5. tabby

    tabby Member

    I don't know Hindi, but I'm sure be interested to learn a few expressions, too. It will definitely help me should I get the opportunity to travel there? If someone can help with the translation. It will be much appreciated. Among the expressions I'd like to know is as follows:
    Do you speak English? =
    Where can I find taxi/bus? =
    Where is the nearest bathroom?=
    Where can I get something to eat?=
    Do you take credit cards?
    I'm lost. =
    I need help. =

    These are just a few, but I think it will help any foreign tourist get by.

  6. Vinaya

    Vinaya Member

    I can can read,write and speak Hindi. However my skills are rudimentary. My main source of Hindi language is Bollywood. Later,I went to a college in India and sharpened my Hindi language skills. One of the complicated things in Hindi language, according to me is gender. In Hindi vehicle is a masculine word and train is a feminine word.
    You can get a help on guide book such as Lonely Planet.
  7. Translating for @tabby
    Do you speak English? = Kya app angrezi bolte he?
    Where can I find taxi/bus? = Taxi/bus kahan milega?
    Where is the nearest bathroom?= Yaha paas me bathroom kaha he?
    Where can I get something to eat?= Khane ke liye kaha milega?
    Do you take credit cards? = Kya aap credit card lete he?
    I'm lost. = Me kho gaya hu.
    I need help. = Mujhe madad ki zarurat he
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  8. tabby

    tabby Member

    Thank you very much @thedeatheater1410 ! I'm sure these expressions will help those planning to travel to India at least get by. Here are some other travel expressions that might also be helpful:

    I would like to rent a car. =
    Do you have any cars available?
    Where's the information desk?
    What time will the train to ______ leave?
    How many stops before ____?

    TIA to those who will reply. :)
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  9. GinaMax

    GinaMax Member

    I can help with the first two, they are a little simpler. I am not sure how to ask the second two, but I can see how it would be good to know. I think it is important to at least try to talk a little bit in peoples native language. You cannot always expect people to come to you.

    I would like to rent a car = main ek kaar kirae par lena chaahenge
    Do You Have any cars available - aap kisee bhee kaar upalabdh hai?
  10. I would like to rent a car. = Mujhe ek car bhade pe lena he.
    Do you have any cars available? = Kya appke paas koi car bhade pe mil sakta he?
    Where's the information desk? = Jaankari ke liye kaha jana padega?
    What time will the train to ______ leave? = ___ ki train kab nikalegi?
    How many stops before ____? ___ ke pehle kitne stations/stops he?
  11. rz3300

    rz3300 Member

    Well just like any language or expression that you have to learn when you travel, I think the most common and the best one for me was where is the bathroom and how much. I was really confused when it came to payments when I was over there, so that might be factoring into my thinking of why how much was so important, because I found myself saying that one a lot.