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Modern Standard Hindi is spoken natively by 180 million people in India, Nepal and South Africa. Hindi is the official language of the Republic of India. There is value in learning a language that is spoken by so many people - especially a people of a rapidly rising global power. Below are some of the words and phrases from Hindi you need to know.

41 Hindi words you need to know

Modern Standard Hindi is spoken natively by 180 million people in India, Nepal and South Africa. Hindi is the official language of the Republic of India. There is value in learning a language that is spoken by so many people - especially a people of a rapidly rising global power. Below are some of the words and phrases from Hindi you need to know.

  1. Hi! - Namastey!
  2. Good morning! - Suprabhaat
  3. Good evening! - Shubh sundhyaa
  4. Welcome! (to greet someone) - Aapka swaagat hai!
  5. How are you? - Aap kaisey hain?
  6. I'm fine, thanks! - Mein theek hoon, shukriya!
  7. And you? - Aur aap?
  8. Good/ So-So - Accha/ Theek-thaak
  9. Thank you (very much)! - Shukriyaa (Bahut dhanyavaad)
  10. Hey! Friend! - Arrey, Dost!
  11. I missed you so much! - Mujhey aapkee bahut yaad aaee?
  12. What's new? - Kyaa chal rahaa hai?
  13. Nothing much - Zyaada kuch nahi
  14. I'm lost - Hum kho gaye hain
  15. Can I help you? - Kya mein aapki madad kar sakta/ sakti (female) hoon?
  16. । Can you help me? - Kya aap meri madad kar saktey hain?
  17. Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy) - śaucaghara/ pharmacy kahaan hai?
  18. Go straight! then turn left/ right! - Seedhey jaaey! Phir bānyae/ dānyae mudiye
  19. I'm looking for john - Mein John ko dhoondh rahaa/ rahi (female) hoon.
  20. One moment please! - Ek minat…
  21. Hold on please! (phone) - Ek minat…
  22. How much is this? - Yeh kaisey diyaa?
  23. Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) - Kshama keejeeae…
  24. Excuse me! ( to pass by) - Kshama keejeeae…
  25. Come with me! - Mere saath aaeeyé!
  26. Do you speak (English/ Hindi)? - Kyaa aap (angrézee/hindi) mein baat kar saktey hain?
  27. Just a little - Bus thodaasaa.
  28. What's your name? - Aapka naam kyaa hai?
  29. My name is ... - Meraa naam …hai.
  30. Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss… - Shree../Shreematee…/Kumaari…/Kumar (Master)
  31. Nice to meet you! - Aapsey milkar khushi huee!
  32. You're very kind! - Aap bahut dayaloo hain!
  33. Where are you from? - Aap kahaan sey hain?
  34. I'm from (the U.S/ India) - Mein (amerika/ bhārata) se hoon.
  35. I'm (American) - Mein amrikan hoon.
  36. I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) - Kyaa aap issey dohraa saktey hain?
  37. Sorry (for a mistake) - Kshamaa/ maafee chaahta/ chaahti (female) hu.
  38. No Problem! - Koee baat nuhee
  39. Can You Say It Again? - Kyaa aap issey dohraa saktey hain?
  40. Can You Speak Slowly? - Kyaa aap dheerae baat karengae?
  41. Write It Down Please! - Kripaya karkey yeh likkh deejeeae.

If you are an English speaker, Hindi should be pretty easy for you to learn speaking. Reading it might be a herculean task, but you can manage with ample practice.