Travel Guide: India
India Travel Guide: Hindi Phrasebook. Useful Hindi Words and Phrases.
Although English is considered to be the universal language, not every person in the world can speak it. Even if you expect everybody to understand a few basic phrases, nothing can be worse than getting lost in translation. When you travel to a country outside of your own, it is customary to learn at least a few words and phrases to be able to get around. Unless the natural spoken language is English, as a traveler you need to show some respect and understanding of other people’s cultures by taking the time to learn a few words that will facilitate conversation with locals, even if it is just to greet someone, ask for directions and a bit of help.
If you are traveling to India, whether for business or pleasure, you need to understand that even if a large number of people can understand English, the majority of the population speaks Hindi. This is their national language, which is spoken by at least 20% of the total population of India. Do note that there are many dialects spoken besides Hindi such as Urdu, Assamese and Kashmiri. However, Hindi is the national language as well as the dialect of choice by the Indian government. A phrase book is an essential tool for getting around India if you are planning to stay in the country for more than a week. Otherwise a few essential words and phrases will help you to get understood, as what we have here in our India travel guide.
If you are going to travel to India on business and you will be making a lot of presentations and transactions, it is a wise decision to have all your documents translated into Hindi. For that you will need the services of a professional translation service agency that will deliver fast and accurate translation of documents.Also, as a traveler, you may find it difficult to converse with people if you have no idea how to speak their language. Listed below are guides on popular Hindi words and their corresponding English translations, as well as phrases that can help you get around India.
Popular Hindi Words and Phrases
One, Two, Three
Eight, Nine, Ten
Indian Flat bread
Non Resident Indian
Hind Useful Words and Phrases – Basic Greetings
How are you?
I’m fine, thanks!
Thank you (very much)!
I missed you so much!
See you later!
Aapka swaagat hai!
Aap kaisey hain?
Mein theek hoon, shukriya!
Shukriyaa (Bahut dhanyavaad)
Mujhey aapkee bahut yaad aaee.
Kyaa chal rahaa hai?;
Zyaada kuch nahi
* Do note that you only say thank you (very much) in Hindi when someone goes out of the way to assist you, even if it is common practice to say thank you. You can use the regular ‘thank you” and it will be understood since India has been under British influence for so long.
Hindi Useful Words and Phrases – For Introductions
Do you speak (English/ Hindi)?
Just a little.
What’s your name?
My name is …
Mr…/ Mrs.…/ Miss…
Nice to meet you!
You’re very kind!
Where are you from?
I’m from (the U.S/ India)
Where do you live?
I live in (the U.S/ India)
Did you like it here?
India is a wonderful country
What do you do for a living?
I work as a (translator/businessman)
I like Hindi
I’ve been learning Hindi for 1 month
Oh! That’s good!
How old are you?
I’m (twenty, thirty…) years old.
I have to go
I will be right back!
Kyaa aap (angrézee/hindi) mein baat kar saktey hain?
Aapka naam kyaa hai?
Meraa naam …hai.
Aapsey milkar khushi huee!
Aap bahut dayaloo hain!
Aap kahaan sey hain?
Mein (amerika/ bhārata) se hoon.
Mein amrikan hoon.
Aap kahaan rehtey hain?
Mein (US/ bhārata) mein rehtaa/ rehtee (female) hoon.
Kyaa aap ko yahaan accha lagtaa hai?
Bharat ek adbhut desh hai
Aap kyaa kaam kartey hain?
Mera apnaa vyaapaar hai (I have my own business)
Mujhey Hindi bhaashaa acchee lagtee hai.
Main ek maheeney sey Hindi seekh raha/rahee
Yeh accha hai!
Aapkee umar kyaa hai?
Mein (bees, tees…) saal ka hoon/ ki hoon (female)
Mujhey jaana hogaa
Mein turant laut key aaoongaa/ aaoongi (female)
Useful Hindi Words and Phrases – Asking for Directions/Guide
Can I help you?
Can you help me?
Where is the (bathroom/pharmacy)?
Go straight! then turn left/ right!
I’m looking for john.
One moment please!
Hold on please! (phone)
How much is this?
Excuse me! ( to pass by)
Come with me!
Hum kho gaye hain.
Kya mein aapki madad kar sakta/sakti (female) hoon?
Kya aap meri madad kar saktey hain?
śaucaghara/pharmacy kahaan hai?
Seedhey jaaey! Phir bānyae/ dānyae mudiye
Mein John ko dhoondh rahaa/ rahi (female) hoon.
Yeh kaisey diyaa?
Mere saath aaeeyé!
Useful Hindi Words and Phrases – Basic Expressions
Here you go! (when giving something)
Do you like it?
I really like it!
I’m hungry/ thirsty.
In The Morning/Evening/At Night.
Me/ You. Him/ Her.
What time is it?
Give me this!
I love you!
I feel sick.
I need a doctor
Haan/Naa or Nuhi
Ye leejeeay (polite)/Ye lo
Kyaa aap ko yeh accha lagta hai?
Mujhey yeh bahut accha lagta hai
Mujhey bhookh lagi hai/ Mujhey pyaas lagi hai
Subah ko/ Shaam ko/ Raat ko
Yeh/woh. Yahaan/ wahaan
Kitney bajey hain?
Mujhey ye cheez chaaheeye!
Mei tumsey pyaar kartaa/ karti (female) hu!
Meri Tabiyut kharaab hai.
Mujhey Doctor kee zaroorat ha
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