So I think when a person from outside country visits India for traveling or any other reason, he or she must understand and speak some common Hindi Phrases. This will help you charm locals, get better deals while shopping and generally have a smoother, more comfortable India tour!
Believe me when you are little able to speak the mother language of India people can easily understand you and you’ll get the things of your desire. Indians are so hospitable even if you are not so fluent because they believe in ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ means ‘The Guest is Equivalent to God.’
So this post is basically for all those foreigners who are traveling to India for the first time and need some guidance about some common Hindi Phrases with pronunciation.
Below are the most useful phrases of Hindi.
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Basic Hindi Phrases for Foreigners in India
Hello – Namaste
India is a country where people give respect to someone by saying ‘Namaste’ or ‘Pranam’. This gonna be very useful for you if you say these phrases to the locals. It simply melts their heart and they will help you unconditionally.
Please – Kripya
We know how magically this word works. When you say please to someone the person forgets everything and come forward to work for you. Though the word please is widely understood in India, its Hindi counterpart – ‘Kripya’, will be essential to know when you travel to the rural areas.
How are you? – Aap Kaise Hain?
It will be the best way to start a communication with the locals by asking them ‘Aap Kasie Hain?’ means ‘How are you?’ to which you will get the reply ‘Main theek hun‘ means I’m fine.
Sorry or Excuse Me – Maaf Kijiye
I think no word can heal the pain the word sorry does. If you want to say sorry to someone, just say ‘Maaf Kijiye‘.
Thank you – Dhanyavaad
Thank you is the most polite word in the world. In India you can use ‘Dhanyavaad’ or ‘Shukriya’, words that are commonly understood by the locals.
Do you speak English? – Kya aap English Bolte Hain?
Most of the people in India speak and understand English very well. Some are not so fluent but can easily speak some common phrases of English. So before you start any conversation you can ask them by saying ‘Kya aap English Bolte Hain?‘ . If they are able to speak they will reply with Yes or ‘Haan’ , and if they are not they will just say ‘Nahi’ means No.
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Other Useful Hindi Phrases for Travelers
What is your Name? – Apka Naam Kya Hai?
I need a cup of tea – Mujhe ek cup chai chahiye
Give me food – Mujhe khana do
I want water – Mujhe paani chahiye
Speak slowly – Dheray boliye
My name is Andrew– Mera naam Andrew hai
Where is the bus stand? – Bus stand kaha hai?
Where is the toilet? – Toilet kaha hai?
Can you help me? – Kya aap meri madad karenge?
What’s this? – Ye kya hai?
What’s this Place Name? – Iss jagah ka kya naam hai?
I don’t know – Mujhe nahi maalum
Go away – Chale Jao
Please take me to my hotel – Kripya mujhe mere hotel le chaliye
Nice to meet you! – Aap se milkar khushi hui!
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Common Hindi Phrases for Foreigners When Shopping in India
I want to buy this – Mujhe ye kharidna hai
How much is this? – Ye kitne ka hai?
Lower the price – Daam kum kijiye
This is expensive – Ye bahut mehenga hai
Bill please – Bill de dijiye
I want a Ticket – Mujhe ek Ticket Chahiye
Hope this is helpful! I suggest you memorize some of these Hindi words and phrases and don’t be afraid to use them.
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