Day 14 - Greetings and Goodbyes (Conversation Practice)

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In this lesson, you'll get more ways to greet people and say goodbye. You'll learn a few new phrases, see familiar conversations with a few new twists, and practice matching written words with how they sound in Hindi.

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

Here is a brief Hindi conversation. Listen to Purushh and Mahilaa as they greet one another.

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Purushh:Namaskaar, Mahilaa!
Mahilaa:Namaskaar, Purushh. Kaise ho?
Purushh:Achchhaa hoon, aur tum?
Mahilaa:Achchhee hoon.

Greetings like “namaskaar” or “namaste” are incredibly important in Hindi. As the Indian culture is more formal, going through the ritual of greeting another person is an important way of showing respect. Here are some common greetings.

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namaskaar
namaste
jee
su-prabhaat
shubh-din
shubh-sandhyaa
shubh-raatree
formal greeting, suitable anytime
informal greeting, suitable anytime
hello (in fact, acknowledgement)
good morning
good day
good evening
good night

After you greet someone, you’ll want to ask how they are or how’s it going. Here are some common questions that follow a greeting.

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Kaise ho?
Kaise hain?
Kaisa chal rahaa hai?
Kaisa rahaa (or kaisaa gujaraa)?
Kya chal rahaa hai?
Kya ho rahaa hai?
Kya kar rahe ho?

How are you? (used with friends or family)
How are you? (more formal; used with strangers, more senior persons, etc.)
How’s it going?
How’ve you been?
What’s up?
What’s happening? / What are you doing?

What could you say if someone asks you one of these questions?

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Achchha, Dhanyavaad. / Bahut achchhaa
Hameshaa ki tarah.
Thodaa thakaa hoon (for men)
Thodee thakee hoon (for women)
Beemar hoon
Theek.
Buraa/ Kharaab.
Sab theek hai.
Kuch nahee.
Well, thanks. / Very well.
As always.
A little tired.
A little tired.
I’m sick.
Okay, so-so.
Bad.
All's well.
Nothing.

A common follow-up question is,

”aur aap?      (And you?)

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Now, listen to Purushh and Mahilaa’s conversation again. Try to understand everything they say.

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Purushh: Namaskaar, Mahilaa!
Mahilaa: Namaskaar, Purushh. Kaise ho?
Purushh: Achchhaa hoon, aur tum?
Mahilaa: Achchhee hoon.

Did you understand most of what they said?

Here’s another conversation. This one is much more casual. You’re likely to hear this kind of conversation among young people.

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Purushh:Mahilaa, kya chal rahaa hai? Sab theek hai?
Mahilaa:Nahee, Nahee. Mai beemaar hoon.
Purushh:Oh, Mujhe khed hai.
Mahilaa:Aur tum theek ho?
Purushh:Haan, Mai theek hoon.

Three new phrases in the above conversation are "Mujhe khed hai", "Haan" and "Nahee".

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Mujhe khed hai.
Haa'n.
Nahee.
I’m sorry.
Yes.
No

The above words are extremely important. From experience, I know that the most important phrase in any language is how to say you’re sorry!

Others disagree. They say that there are THREE important phrases that you absolutely must know in any language. They are:

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Mujhe khed hai.
Mujhe tumse prem hai.
Mujhe madad chaahiye.
I’m sorry.
I love you.
I need help.

Hmm, I can’t think of a situation in which I’d need to use all three, but I’ll leave it to your imagination! 

You can say goodbye with one of the following phrases. 

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namaskaar (or namaste')
al-vidaa
baad mein milte hain
jald hee milte hain
fir milte hain
jab tak dobaaraa naa milain
goodbye
goodbye
see you later
see you soon
see you again
until we see each other again

That's all for today's lesson.

 

Practice Now!

Here are some exercises to practice what you have learned.

Exercise 1-"Greetings and Goodbyes"

Pretend that you are meeting a friend of yours named Lilaa. Write your response in Hindi to the questions below.

Lilaa: Namaskaar
You: _________________________________________________
Lilaa: Kaise hain?
You: _________________________________________________
Lilaa: Mai achchhee hoon, dhanyavaad. Fir milte hain. Namaskaar.
You: _________________________________________________

Exercise 2-"Greetings and Goodbyes"

Read the following conversation and translate it into English below.

Maanas: Mamataa! Kaisa chal rahaa hai?
Mamataa: Theek hai, aur tum?
Maanas: Thodaa thaka gayaa hoon.
Mamataa: Mujhe khed hai. Kya ho gayaa?
Maanas: Kuchh nahi.
Mamataa: Achchhaa, Maanas. Baad mein milte hain.
Maanas: Fir milenge.

Now, can YOU tell me what they said?

Maanas: ___________________________________________________
Mamataa: ___________________________________________________
Maanas: ___________________________________________________
Mamataa: ___________________________________________________
Maanas: ___________________________________________________
Mamataa: ___________________________________________________
Maanas: ___________________________________________________

How well you do?

Now, take a few minutes to score your answers.

That's all for today's lesson.

 

Click here to see answers.

Exercise 1.

Lilaa: Namaskaar
You: Namaskaar, Lilaa.
Lilaa: Kaise hain?
You: Mai theek hoon, aur aap?
Lilaa: Mai achchhee hoon, dhanyavaad. Fir milte hain. Namaskaar.
You: Namaskaar.



Exercise 2.

Maanas: Hello, Mamataa! How's it going?
Mamataa: So-so, and you?
Maanas: A little tired.
Mamataa: I'm sorry. What happened?
Maanas: Nothing.
Mamataa: Well, Maanas. Later!
Maanas: See ya.

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