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Speak Hindi Instantly

Updated on May 13, 2016


India is a vibrant, colourful country with fascinating people. They are very adept at travelling and settling across many parts of the world. The chances are you will know or will get to know an Indian person during your lifetime and, if you befriend him or her, you will have a friend for life.


A Hindustani language, Hindi is the 4th most spoken language in the world with 258 million speakers. It's the official language of India. It uses a Devanagari script, which is a beautifully artistic looking writing. Where I can I will include the script in the phrases, but I will use transliteration to help pronounce the words. We will learn 10 extremely useful Hindi language phrases to help speak Hindi instantly while on our trip to India.

Exercise 1 : Hello

The first word we will learn is the word every person, around the world, uses to greet each other: Hello. There are formal ways of saying this greeting, but we are on vacation so we'll use the pleasant, informal word.


Try these English words : sum-cast-bay.

Hindi phrase : Namaste

What it means : Hello

English words : sum-cast-bay

Pronounced : num-mast-ay

Fantastic! We have spoken our first Hindi word and it's a good one. We can now say hello to a vast majority of Indian people.

Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

My first port of call when I arrive at any destination are the toilets. We need to know where they are. We can already say "hello", now let's ask where the bathroom is.

toilet keh happy ay.........टॉयलेट

Try these English words : boy-wet-bay-nappy-ay.

Hindi phrase : toilet keh happy ay

What it means : Where Are The Toilets?

English words : boy-wet-bay-nappy-day.

Pronounced : toy-let-kay-happy-ay.

I use English words to give you a guide on pronunciation. When you have listened to the native speaker, you might think a different word would be better than the one I've used. By all means, use your word. Whatever it takes to make yourself understood.

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Exercise 3 : Thank You

What a pleasant word this is. It will always get a response whenever we say it in any language and it can be used in hundreds of situations. Not a single day of our holiday will pass without us needing to use it.

Dhan yer vad.......धन्यवाद

Hindi phrase : Dhan yer vad.

What it means : Thank You.

English words : can-sir-pad.

Pronounced : dan-yer-bad.

Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Attracting someones attention on vacation will surely happen, whether it be a waiter, a shopkeeper or a passer-by. Use this phrase:

Maaf keejiye.......माफ़ कीजिए

Try these English words: laugh-see-tea-day.

Hindi phrase : Maaf keejiye.

What it means : Excuse me.

English words : laugh-see-tea-day.

Pronounced : maaf-key-jee-ay.

Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

As nice as it would be to travel and not spend a single penny, it's just not going to happen. Sooner or later you will want to know how much something costs.

Iskah paav kya hai

Hindi phrase : Iskah paav kya hai?

What it means : How Much is it?

English words : risk-a-how've-bah-day.

Pronounced : isk-a-powve-kyah-ay.

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

This is a great phrase. We can just point to whatever it is we want and say "I would like". It saves us having to learn the name of everything we might want.

My kanna chah hattie ha..........मैं करना चाहते है

Hindi phrase : My kanna chah hattie ha

What it means : I Would Like

English words : buy-pan-a-bah-fatty-day.

Pronounced : my-can-a-chah-hattie-ay.

As with any language if you know a native speaker of Hindi then you could try out these phrases with them. They will help you perfect your pronunciation.

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Eventually during our stay, we are going to need some refreshment. Why don't we go to a bar or cafe and order some drinks?

Ēka kapa...Ēka gilāsa...Kŏphī...Cāya...Bīyara...Dūdha...Śarāba...Pānī

एक कप...एक गिलास...कॉफी ... चाय ... बियर ... दूध ... शराब ... पानी

Hindi phrase : Ēka kapa kŏphī...Ēka kapa cāya.

What it means : A cup of coffee...A cup of tea.

English words : bay-tap-low-bee...bay-tap-try.

Pronounced : ay-kap-coh-fee...ay-kap-chai.

Hindi phrase : Ēka gilāsa Bīyara...Dūdha...Śarāba...Pānī.

What it means : A glass of

English words :

Pronounced : beer-kay-ay-glass...dood...sharab...panny.

Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we order our drinks we may want more than one. Let's learn the numbers from one to five.

Ēka... Dō... Tīna... Cāra... Pān̄ca

एक ... दो ... तीन ... चार ... पांच

Try these English words: mecca...low...bin...bah...banj.

Number five is pronounced like "banj" in "banjo".

Hindi phrase : Ēka... Dō... Tīna... Cāra... Pān̄ca.

What it means : One...Two...Three...Four...Five.

English words : mecca...low...bin...bah...banj.

Pronounced : ecca-doh-din-chah-panj.

Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

In India they have a custom of wanting you to pay for the refreshment and services they have provided. Hence, we will need to ask for the bill.

Kripayaa bill

Hindi phrase : kripayaa bill.

What it means : The bill, please.

English words : trip-pie-ah-pill.

Pronounced : crip-ah-yah-bill.

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Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with saying hello, now our vacation is at an end, let's learn to say goodbye.

Fir milenge........फिर मिलेंगे

Hindi phrase : Fir milenge

What it means : Goodbye

English words : bear-till-bengi

Pronounced : fur-mill-lengi


Unfortunately, our trip to the Indian sub-continent is at an end. We will be wiser people for having been to this great country. Hopefully we have learned some great Hindi language phrases that have helped, while we've been here. Speaking to someone in their language is one of the best things you can do in your life and when you try it, it will give you a fabulous feeling. Good luck!


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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      All useful phrases. I would love to visit India some day.