Travelling to India? Here are some Hindi language sentences from a native

I understand how much exciting you might be to come to India. Someone might have told you that India speaks English. Not so wrong, but not everyone 😀 Yes, that’s true. We are thankful to the Britishers who taught us a wonderful language which we loved by heart, highly regarded and made it one of the two official languages of India used by the Central Government. A lot of people speak it fluently here specially the new generations, people in the urban areas, and big cities. Due to globalisation and overall development, people from the rural areas or villages are also learning English and at a rapid rate. What about Hindi? Hindi is the considered as the mother language and most used language in India by around 42 percent people. A lot of states have their own language.

But the question is why a traveller or tourist or a visitor would try to learn Hindi? Guess what, I am talking about learning a few sentences not full course 😀 First reason might be you are interested in learning something new and other reason might be to enable yourself to communicate with the people who don’t know English. Which people don’t know English? Well that’s difficult to answer. You can find these type of people everywhere. For example: My mom runs a school, has a BA degree but still she doesn’t speak English so well. Reason for this is simple, she never needed to and never practiced and never learned. This is the case with a lot of people, that they learned in school, didn’t use it later on and …………… Not knowing English is not a big deal, perhaps you might be knowing how people in Central Europe see English as 😀 Knowing a few sentences in Hindi will enable you to speak to interact with 42 percent people, not bad and this can also be fruitful for safe reasons too.

So, here I am going to tell you about some commonly used Hindi sentences in more like a conversational form rather than single ones.

  • Inside the plane (beneficial if you want to talk to your next person seated who is an Indian)
    • Hi
      • Just say Hi or Hello as we do in English. Why? (Well greetings in India are generally based on religion. I also find it difficult sometimes to how to wish unknowns, but I most of the times I am able to figure out their religion by the way they are dressed and then wish them accordingly. For example: For Hindus use namaste, ram-ram etc., Muslims use assalammualiekum, Punjabis use sat-shri-akal etc. Chances are higher that if you would wish people with wrong greetings, they won’t reply : D It’s not something about being rude, it’s just about getting confused. So, it’s always best to say Hello.
    • How are you? or How are you doing?
      • Hindi: Aap kaise ho?
    • I am fine or I am good or I am doing good
      • Mai theek hu.
    • Where are you coming from?
      • aap kahan se aa rahe ho/hain? (ho is informal, hain is formal and respectful)
    • I am coming from Germany.
      • Mai Germany se aa raha/rahi hu. (raha is masculine, rahi is faminine)
    • For what purpose you are going to India?
      • Aap India kis liye ja rahe ho/hain?
    •  I am going to India for holidays.
      • Mai India ghoomne ja raha/rahi hu. (exact word for holidays is ‘chuttiyaan’ in Hindi but since, you won’t be able to pronounce it correctly then it’s better not to use this. Minor mistake in the pronunciation can chance its meaning to an abuse, or may be more than it 😀 So, better stay away.)
    • What do you do?
      • Aap kya karte ho/hain?
    • I am a doctor?
      • Mai ek doctor hu. (just replace your profession with the word doctor in English)
    • Do you have any friends in India?
      • kya aapke koi dost hain India mein?
    • Yes, I have my friends in India.
      • Haan/Jee, mere dost hain India mein. (haan is informal, jee is informal and more respectful)
    • Have you made some plans to visit places in India?
      • Kya aapne ghuumne ke plan banaye hai Indian mein?
    • Yes, I have made plans with my friends.
      • Haan/jee, maine apne doston ke saath ghoomne ke plan banaye hain.
    • It was nice talking to you.
      • Aapse baat karke accha laga.
    • Wishes for your journey.
      • Aapki yatra ke liye shubh-kaam-naye or you can just say ‘Good luck’.