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You’re learning to speak Hindi, and it’s going well. Your confidence is growing! So much so that you feel ready to share your experiences on social media—in Hindi.

At Learn Hindi, we make this easy for you to get it right the first time. Post like a boss with these phrases and guidelines, and get to practice your Hindi in the process.

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1. Talking about Your Restaurant Visit in Hindi

Eating out is fun, and often an experience you’d like to share. Take a pic, and start a conversation on social media in Hindi. Your friend will be amazed by your language skills…and perhaps your taste in restaurants!

Aman eats at a restaurant with his friends, posts an image of the group, and leaves this comment:

POST

Let’s break down Aman’s post.

सस्ते में झकास खाना जिगरी दोस्तों के साथ! (SaSTe men jhakaaS khaaNaa jigarii DoSTon ke SaaTH!)
“Fabulous food at a low price with beloved friends!”

1- सस्ते में झकास खाना (SaSTe mein jhakaaS khaaNaa)

First is an expression meaning “Fabulous food at a low price.”
“SaSTe mein” means ‘at (a) low price’. This expression is used to emphasize that, although the item is good, it was purchased at a oood price. “jhakaaS” is a slang word, originally heard in Mumbai, that means something like “fantastic” or “fabulous”.

2- जिगरी दोस्तों के साथ (jigarii DoSTon ke SaaTH)

Then comes the phrase - “with beloved friends.”
“jigarii” comes from the root word “jigar”, which means ‘heart’. So “jigarii DoST” refers to friends who are so close that they’re like family - the closest of close friends.

COMMENTS

In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

1- मज़े करो। (maze karo.)

His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Enjoy!”
This is an appropriate, short response to any announcement of an activity.

2- वाह! मुझे भी चाहिए! (vaah! mujhe bhii caahiye.)

His girlfriend’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Wow! I want some too!”
Use this expression to indicate you think the food looks delicious.

3- कभी आओ यहाँ। (kabhii aao yahaan.)

His girlfriend, Mira, uses an expression meaning - “Come here some time.”
Use this expression if you wish to invite the poster to come over.

4- सब बहुत अच्छे लग रहे हैं। (Sab bahuT acche Lag rahe hain.)

His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Everyone looks great.”
Use this expression to compliment someone.

VOCABULARY

Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • सस्ता (SaSTaa): “cheap, inexpensive”
  • झकास (jhakaaS): “fantastic, fabulous”
  • खाना (khaaNaa): “food”
  • जिगरी (jigarii): “close, beloved”
  • दोस्त (DoST): “friend”
  • साथ (SaaTH): “with, together, along with”
  • मज़ा (mazaa): “fun”
  • चाहना (caahaNaa): “to want”
  • So, let’s practice a bit. If a friend posted something about having dinner with friends, which phrase would you use?

    Now go visit a Hindi restaurant, and wow the staff with your language skills!

    2. Post about Your Mall Visit in Hindi

    Another super topic for social media is shopping—everybody does it, most everybody loves it, and your friends on social media are probably curious about your shopping sprees! Share these Hindi phrases in posts when you visit a mall.

    Mira goes shopping with her sister, posts an image of the two of them together, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    बहन के साथ बिंदास शॉपिंग करने का मज़ा ही कुछ और है! (bahaN ke SaaTH biNDaaS sauping karaNe kaa mazaa hii kuch aur hai!)
    “Shopping freely with my sister is another level of fun!”

    1- बहन के साथ बिंदास शॉपिंग (bahaN ke SaaTH biNDaaS sauping )

    First is an expression meaning “Shopping freely with my sister.”
    “bahaN ke SaaTH sauping karaNaa” means ‘to shop with your sister’ or ’shopping with your sister’, and “biNDaaS” is a colloquial slang word that means “completely freely”. “biNDaaS sauping karaNaa” means something like ‘to shop one’s heart out’.

    2- करने का मज़ा ही कुछ और है (karaNe kaa mazaa hii kuch aur hai)

    Then comes the phrase - “is another level of fun.”
    “karaNe kaa mazaa” means ‘the fun of doing’. “X kaa mazaa hii kuch aur hai” is a common expression used to describe something that is more satisfying or fun than most activities. “kuch aur hai” literally means ‘is something else’, which is similar to ‘next level’ or ‘ a whole other level’ in colloquial English.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- बिल्कुल ठीक! (biLkuL thiik!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Very true!”
    Use this expression to accept someone else’s point of view.

    2- बहनों का प्यार! (bahaNon kaa pyaar!)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Sisterly love!”
    Use this expression when you are feeling warmhearted

    3- मेरे लिए क्या लिया? (mere Liye kyaa Liyaa?)

    Her boyfriend, Aman, uses an expression meaning - “What did you get me?”
    Use this expression to be humorous and to tease the poster.

    4- सरप्राइज़ है। (Sarapraaiz hai.)

    Herself, Mira, uses an expression meaning - “It’s a surprise.”
    Use this expression to show your affection and tease the previous poster back.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • बहन (bahaN): “sister”
  • बिंदास (biNDaaS): “freely, unreservedly, having swagger”
  • और (aur): “else, other, and”
  • बिल्कुल (biLkuL): “totally, completely, absolutely, very”
  • ठीक (thiik): “correct, true, fine, okay”
  • प्यार (pyaar): “love”
  • लेना (LeNaa): “to take”
  • So, if a friend posted something about going shopping, which phrase would you use?

    3. Talking about a Sport Day in Hindi

    Sports events, whether you’re the spectator or the sports person, offer fantastic opportunity for great social media posts. Learn some handy phrases and vocabulary to start a sport-on-the-beach conversation in Hindi.

    Aman enjoys a game of beach cricket, posts an image of the event, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    आज की ताज़ा खबर - बीच क्रिकेट में मैं झंडे गाड़ के आया हूँ! (aaj kii Taazaa khabar - biic kriket men main jhaNde gaad ke aayaa huun.)
    “Today’s (fresh) news - I killed it in beach cricket!”

    1- आज की ताज़ा ख़बर (aaj kii Taazaa khabar)

    First is an expression meaning “Today’s news.”
    “aaj kii Taazaa khabar” is a phrase people use to mimic newsreaders when they announce information that’s “hot off the fire”. “Taazaa khabar” means ‘fresh/recent news’.

    2- बीच क्रिकेट में मैं झंडे गाड़ के आया हूँ (biic kriket men main jhaNde gaad ke aayaa huun)

    Then comes the phrase - “I killed it in beach cricket.”
    “jhaNde gaadaNaa” is a colloquial way of describing how outstanding you are in something, and means something similar to ‘destroying your competition’. Literally “jhaNdaa gaadaNaa” means ‘planting a flag’, which draws on the idea of planting your flag after conquering a territory. This phrase can refer to being impressive in any activity.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- क्या बात है! (kyaa baaT hai!)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Well done!”
    Use this expression to compliment someone.

    2- बीच में खेलना आसान है? (biic men kheLaNa aaSaaN hai?)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Is it easy to play on the beach?”
    Use this expression to show your interest in the topic, and to make conversation.

    3- हाँ ठीक ही है। (haan thiik hii hai.)

    Himself, Aman, uses an expression meaning - “Yeah, it’s fine”
    Use this expression as a response to the previous poster’s question, and to be friendly

    4- बहुत मज़ा आया! (bahuT mazaa aayaa!)

    His high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “That was fun!”
    Use this expression to show your joy.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • आज (aaj): “today”
  • ताज़ा (Taazaa): “fresh”
  • ख़बर (khabar): “news”
  • झंडा (jhaNdaa): “flag”
  • गाड़ना (gaadaNaa): “hoist, install, implant”
  • खेलना (kheLaNaa): “to play”
  • आसान (aaSaaN): “easy”
  • Which phrase would you use if a friend posted something about sports?

    But sport is not the only thing you can play! Play some music, and share it on social media.

    4. Share a Song on Social Media in Hindi

    Music is the language of the soul, they say. So, don’t hold back—share what touches your soul with your friends!

    Mira likes a song, posts an image of the artist, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    गाना ज़बरदस्त है! सुनकर ख़ुद पैर थिरकने लगते हैं! (gaaNaa zabaraDaST hai! SuNakar khuD pair THirakaNe LagaTe hain.)
    “Excellent song! Your feet start to tap on their own!”

    1- गाना ज़बरदस्त है! (gaaNaa zabaraDaST hai)

    First is an expression meaning “Excellent song!”
    “zabaraDaST” is a colloquial expression that describes something as “rocking”, “fantastic” or “awesome”. The connotation behind this expression implies that the object is high energy.

    2- सुनकर ख़ुद पैर थिरकने लगते हैं (SuNakar khuD pair THirakaNe LagaTe hain)

    Then comes the phrase - “Legs start to tap on their own!.”
    “khuD” means ’self’. “THirakaNaa” means ‘to tap’ or ‘to dance’ but only refers to a person’s feet, not the entire person. So “pair khuD THirakaNe LagaNaa” means ‘feet start to move on their own’. It’s a way of saying that the music is so exciting that you couldn’t keep yourself from dancing to it.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- मुझे भी बहुत पसंद है (mujhe bhii bahuT paSaND hai)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “I like this a lot too”.
    Use this expression to show your agreement.

    2- डांस पार्टी! (daaNS paartii!)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Dance party!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling cheerful.

    3- अरे वाह! गायक कौन है? (are vaah! gaayak kauN hai?)

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Oh wow! Who’s the singer?”
    Use this expression to show your interest.

    4- बहुत अच्छा! (bahuT acchaa!)

    Her college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Very good!”
    Use this expression to show your responsiveness, meaning you want to make conversation by agreeing with the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • गाना (gaaNaa): “song”
  • ज़बरदस्त (zabaraDaST): “fantastic, awesome, excellent”
  • सुनना (SuNaNaa): “to hear, to listen”
  • पैर (pair): “leg, feet”
  • थिरकना (THirakaNaa): “to tap, to jive, to dance”
  • पसंद (paSaND): “like, liking, preference”
  • गायक (gaayak): “singer”
  • Which song would you share? And what would you say to a friend who posted something about sharing music or videos?

    Now you know how to start a conversation about a song or a video on social media!

    5. Hindi Social Media Comments about a Concert

    Still on the theme of music—visiting live concerts and shows just have to be shared with your friends. Here are some handy phrases and vocab to wow your followers in Hindi!

    Aman, Mira and a friend go to a live concert, posts an image of the event, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    मस्त कॉन्सर्ट - बीवी और कबाब में हड्डी के साथ, बड़ा मज़ा आया। (maST kauNSart - biivii aur kabaab men haddii ke SaaTH, badaa mazaa aayaa.)
    “Awesome concert - had a lot of fun with the girlfriend and the third wheel.”

    1- मस्त कॉन्सर्ट (maST kauNSart)

    First is an expression meaning “Fantastic concert.”
    “maST” was originally a spiritual term that referred to a state of intoxication through devotion. Now it’s commonly used as a colloquial term that means ‘fun’, ‘free’, ‘immensely enjoyable’, ‘carefree fun’ and ‘fantastic’.

    2- बीवी और कबाब में हड्डी के साथ बड़ा मज़ा आया (biivii aur kabaab mein hadii ke SaaTH badaa mazaa aayaa)

    Then comes the phrase - “- had a lot of fun with the girlfriend and the third wheel.”
    “kabaab men haddii” is a specific colloquial phrase that refers to a third person being in the way of a couple’s love or flirtation. “kabaab” is a food item made from minced meat, lentils and spices and is usually smooth and soft. Moreover, the word “haddii” means ‘bone’. So the image here is a piece of bone in the boneless “kabaab” that interferes with the taste of the dish - in the same way that a third wheel interferes with a couple. Some people jokingly refer to their children as “kabaab men haddii”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- हड्डी बनने के लिए माफ़ी चाहता हूँ (haddii baNaNe ke Liye maafii caahaTaa huun)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Apologies for being the third wheel”
    Use this expression to show you are being candid.

    2- बेचारा गौरव! (becaaraa gaurav!)

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Poor Gaurav!”
    Use this expression to tease someone.

    3- बेचारा तो हमें कहना चाहिए (becaaraa To hamen kahaNaa caahiye)

    His girlfriend, Mira, uses an expression meaning - “Should feel sorry for us!”
    Use this expression if you are being humorous.

    4- अगली बार एक हड्डी और लेना! (agaLii baar ek haddii aur LeNaa!)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Next time, take another wheel along!”
    Use this expression to show you are being friendly and cheerful.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • मस्त (maST): “fun, enjoyable, intoxicating”
  • बीवी (biivii): “wife”
  • कबाब (kabaab): “kebab, cabob, meat-chop”
  • हड्डी (haddii): “bone”
  • माफ़ी (maafii): “sorry, apology, pardon”
  • बेचारा (becaaraa): “poor, pitiful”
  • कहना (kahaNaa): “to say, to speak”
  • If a friend posted something about a concert , which phrase would you use?

    6. Talking about an Unfortunate Accident in Hindi

    Oh dear. You broke something by accident. Use these Hindi phrases to start a thread on social media. Or maybe just to let your friends know why you are not contacting them!

    Mira’s phone is damaged and she posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    फ़ोन का सत्यानाश हो चुका है। ज़रूरत पड़े तो ईमेल या फेसबुक करिए! (foN kaa SaTyaaNaas ho cukaa hai. zaruuraT pade To iimeL yaa feSabuk kariye!)
    “Phone is ruined. Email or contact (me) on Facebook if you need me!”

    1- फ़ोन का सत्यानाश हो चुका है। (foN kaa SaTyaaNaas ho cukaa hai.)

    First is an expression meaning “Phone is destroyed..”
    “SaTyaaNaas” means ‘total destruction’, which stems from the word “Naas”, a term used in religious Hindu texts and discussions when referring to the wrath of the Gods. “SaTyaaNaas ho cukaa hai” means something ‘has been completely destroyed’. It is used colloquially, especially by parents when disciplining their children, to describe something as being totally ruined.

    2- ज़रूरत पड़े तो ईमेल या फेसबुक करिए! (zaruuraT pade To iimeL yaa feSabuk kariye)

    Then comes the phrase - “Email or contact on Facebook if you need me!”
    “zaruraT padaNaa” means ‘to need’. It is implied that the speaker is referring to herself, so the meaning of this phrase is ‘if you need me’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- फिर से? (phir Se!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Again?”
    Use this expression to show something is hard to believe.

    2- ओहो। कैसे हुआ? (oho. kaiSe huaa?)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Oh no. How did it happen?”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling sorry for the poster, and want more information.

    3- कुछ बात करनी है। मुझे कॉल करना। (kuch baaT karaNii hai. mujhe kauL karaNaa.)

    Her college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Need to talk to you. Please call me.”
    Use this expression if you are being serious.

    4- शाम को मेरे फ़ोन से कर लेंगे। (saam ko mere foN Se kar LeNge.)

    Her boyfriend, Aman, uses an expression meaning - “We’ll call from my phone in the evening.”
    Use this expression to be helpful and friendly.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • सत्यानाश (SaTyaNaas): “ruination, destruction, rats!”
  • चुका (cukaa): “has happened”
  • ज़रूरत (zaruuraT): “need”
  • पड़ना (padaNaa): “to occur, to happen”
  • फिर से (phir Se): “afresh, again”
  • बात (baaT): “talk, thing, point”
  • शाम (saam): “evening”
  • If a friend posted something about having broken something by accident, which phrase would you use?

    So, now you know how to discuss an accident in Hindi. Well done!

    7. Chat about Your Boredom on Social Media in Hindi

    Sometimes, we’re just bored with how life goes. And to alleviate the boredom, we write about it on social media. Add some excitement to your posts by addressing your friends and followers in Hindi!

    Aman is bored, posts a selfie looking bored, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    घर में बैठे बैठे काफ़ी पक गया हूँ। (ghar men baithe baithe kaafii pak gayaa huun.)
    “Have gotten quite bored sitting around at home.”

    1- घर में बैठे बैठे (ghar men baithe baithe)

    First is an expression meaning “Sitting around at home.”
    “baithaNaa” means ‘to sit’, and “baithe” means ‘while being seated’. The repetition of “baithe baithe” suggests that this is a continuous and prolonged action; it means ’sitting around for a long time’. In essence, being idle.

    2- काफ़ी पक गया हूँ। (kaafii pak gayaa huun.)

    Then comes the phrase - “have gotten quite bored..”
    “pakaNaa” is a cooking term that refers to food being cooked. Recently it has become common slang for being bored or boring someone. “Pak gayaa” means ‘got thoroughly bored’; similarly, you can tell a friend “pakaa maT” to mean ‘don’t bore me with this’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- अगले हफ़्ते चले जाएंगे (agaLe hafTe caLe jaayenge)

    His girlfriend, Mira, uses an expression meaning - “We’ll go next week”.
    Use this expression to show you are feeling sensitive to the poster’s predicament, and wish to be helpful.

    2- अरे प्लान कैंसिल क्यों किया? (are pLaaN kaiNSil kyon kiyaa?)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Oh, why did you cancel your plans?”
    Use this expression to show your concern and wish to know more.

    3- आप लोग यहाँ चले आओ (aap Log yahaan caLe aao)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “You guys should come over.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted and to be helpful.

    4- हमें तो आदत हो गयी है (hamen To aaDaT ho gayii hai)

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “We’ve gotten used to it.”
    Use this expression to be funny and to tease the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • घर (ghar): “home, house”
  • बैठना (baithaNaa): “to sit”
  • पकना (pakaNaa): “to get cooked, to get bored”
  • अगला (agaLaa): “the next”
  • हफ़्ता (hafTaa): “week”
  • अरे (are): “oh!”
  • आदत (aaDaT): “habit”
  • If a friend posted something about being bored, which phrase would you use?

    Still bored? Share another feeling and see if you can start a conversation!

    8. Exhausted? Share It on Social Media in Hindi

    Sitting in public transport after work, feeling like chatting online? Well, converse in Hindi about how you feel, and let your friends join in!

    Mira feels exhausted, posts an image of herself looking tired, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    फ़िल्म देखने के प्लान को मारो गोली - अभी दस घंटे सोना बेहतर लग रहा है। (fiLm DekhaNe ke pLaaN ko maaro goLii - abhii DaS ghaNte SoNaa behaTar Lag rahaa hai.)
    “Forget the plans for going to a movie - right now, sleeping for 10 hours seems more appealing.”

    1- फ़िल्म देखने के प्लान को मारो गोली (film DekhaNe ke pLaaN ko maaro goLii)

    First is an expression meaning “Forget the plan for going to a movie.”
    “X ko maaro goLii” means “shoot X” or ‘forget X’. “goLii” refers to any kind of pellet, pill, or bullet, but when paired with the verb “maaraNaa” (to hit, to shoot), it always means ‘to shoot bullets’. In this case, the phrase means ‘nevermind X’.

    2- - अभी दस घंटे सोना बेहतर लग रहा है (- abhii DaS ghaNte SoNaa behaTar Lag rahaa hai)

    Then comes the phrase - “- sleeping for 10 hours seems more appealing right now.”
    “SoNaa behaTar Lag rahaa hai” means ’sleeping seems more appealing’. “behaTar LagaNaa” means ’seems better’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- सच में! (Sac men!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Seriously!”
    Use this expression to be funny.

    2- क्या हुआ? (kyaa huaa?)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “What happened?”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling concerned and want to know more.

    3- कल छुट्टी है - आराम करो! (kaL chuttii hai - aaraam karo!)

    Her supervisor, Ganesan, uses an expression meaning - “Tomorrow is a holiday - get some rest!”
    Use this expression to show you are being thoughtful towards others.

    4- मुझे भी! (mujhe bhii!)

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Same here!”
    Use this expression to show your agreement with the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • मारना (maaraNaa): “to hit, to shoot”
  • गोली (goLii): “bullet, pellet”
  • घंटा (ghaNtaa): “hour”
  • सोना (SoNaa): “to sleep”
  • बेहतर (behaTar): “better”
  • छुट्टी (chuttii): “holiday, break”
  • आराम (aaraam): “rest”
  • If a friend posted something about being exhausted, which phrase would you use?

    Now you know how to say you’re exhausted in Hindi! Well done.

    9. Talking about an Injury in Hindi

    So life happens, and you manage to hurt yourself during a soccer game. Very Tweet-worthy! Here’s how to do it in Hindi.

    Aman injures himself, posts an image of his leg, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    लगता है पैर की हड्डी जुड़ने तक मैं ही पागल हो जाऊँगा! (LagaTaa hai pair kii haddii judaNe Tak main hii paagaL ho jaaungaa!)
    “I think I’ll go mad by the time the bones in my leg heal!”

    1- लगता है पैर की हड्डी जुड़ने तक (LagaTaa hai pair kii haddii judaNe Tak)

    First is an expression meaning “Seems like until the leg bone is healed.”
    “LagaTaa hai” means ’seems like’ or ‘feels like’. Use this phrase to talk about thoughts you have. “pair kii haddii judaNe Tak” means ‘until my leg bone rejoins or heals’. “Tak” means ‘until’.

    2- मैं ही पागल हो जाऊँगा! (main hii paagaL ho jaaungaa!)

    Then comes the phrase - “I will go mad!”
    “main paagaL ho jaaungaa” means ‘I will go crazy’. “hii” adds emphasis.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- धीरज रखो! जल्द ही ठीक हो जाओगे (DHiiraj rakho! jaLD hii thiik ho jaaoge)

    His high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Be patient. You’ll get better soon”
    Use this expression to encourage someone.

    2- कुछ मदद कर सकूँ तो बताना (kuch maDaD kar Sakuun To baTaaNaa)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Let me know if I can do something to help.”
    Use this expression to show you are ready to be helpful.

    3- कुछ ही दिनों की बात है (kuch hii DiNon kii baaT hai)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “It’s a matter of a few more days.”
    Use this expression if you are being a bit facetious in order to lighten the poster’s mood.

    4- मैं समझ सकती हूँ (main Samajh SakaTii huun)

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “I can understand”
    Use this expression to show your concern and sympathy.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • पैर (pair): “leg(s), feet/foot”
  • जुड़ना (judaNaa): “to join, to rejoin”
  • पागल (paagaL): “mad, crazy, lunatic”
  • धीरज (DHiiraj): “patience”
  • जल्द (jaLD): “quick, soon, short while”
  • मदद (maDaD): “help”
  • समझ (Samajh): “understanding”
  • If a friend posted something about being injured, which phrase would you use?

    We love to share our fortunes and misfortunes; somehow that makes us feel connected to others.

    10. Starting a Conversation Feeling Disappointed in Hindi

    Sometimes things don’t go the way we planned. Share your disappointment about this with your friends!

    Mira is feeling disappointed, posts an image of herself, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    आज के मौसम ने पूरा मूड ख़राब कर दिया। (aaj ke mauSam Ne puuraa muud kharaab kar Diyaa.)
    “This weather today has spoiled my mood.”

    1- आज के मौसम ने (aaj ke mauSam Ne)

    First is an expression meaning “Today’s weather has.”
    “aaj ke mauSam Ne” means ‘today’s weather’.

    2- पूरा मूड ख़राब कर दिया (puuraa muud kharaab kar Diyaa)

    Then comes the phrase - “completely ruined my good mood.”
    “muud kharaab karaNaa” is a common phrase in Indian social media that is used to talk about something that ruins your good mood or positive state of mind. “muud” is the same ‘mood’ from English, and “kharaab karaNaa” means ‘to ruin something’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- सच में (Sac men)

    Her boyfriend, Aman, uses an expression meaning - “Really.”
    Use this expression to show your agreement, or to be funny by being sarcastic.

    2- पता नहीं कब तक ऐसे रहेगा (paTaa Nahiin kab Tak aiSe rahegaa)

    Her nephew, Rohit, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t know how long it’ll be like this.”
    Use this expression to make conversation about the weather.

    3- हाँ यार! (haan yaar!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Yeah!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling gloomy together with the poster.

    4- क्या कर सकते हैं (kyaa kar SakaTe hain)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Nothing we can do.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling resigned, cause the matter is out of your control.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • मौसम (mauSam): “weather”
  • पूरा (puuraa): “full, whole, fully, completely”
  • ख़राब (kharaab): “to ruin, to destroy”
  • सच (Sac): “truth, reality”
  • पता (paTaa): “know”
  • तक (Tak): “until”
  • यार (yaar): “friend, dude, mate”
  • How would you comment in Hindi when a friend is disappointed?

    Not all posts need to be about a negative feeling, though!

    11. Talking about Your Relationship Status in Hindi

    Don’t just change your relationship status in Settings, talk about it!

    Aman wants to share his relationship status, posts an image of him and Mira, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    “खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों” (khuLLam khuLLaa pyaar karenge ham DoNon)
    “We will openly declare our love” (a song title)

    1- खुल्लम खुल्ला (khuLLam khuLLaa)

    First is an expression meaning “Openly, uninhibitedly.”
    “khuLaa” means ‘open’, and the phrase “khuLLam khuLLaa” means ‘completely openly’.

    2- प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों” (pyaar karenge ham DoNon” )

    Then comes the phrase - “we will declare our love”.”
    Bollywood romance songs are commonly quoted by Hindi speakers in all sorts of situations, especially those that relate to love. This particular line is from a very popular song from 1975, where a couple sings about proclaiming their love openly in front of everyone. The line means “The two of us will love openly” or “proclaim our love openly”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- वाह! (vaah!)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Great!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted.

    2- लगे रहो (Lage raho)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Keep at it.”
    Use this expression to encourage someone.

    3- क्या बात है! (kyaa baaT hai!)

    His high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Wonderful!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling positive.

    4- बढ़िया जोड़ी! (badhiyaa jodii!)

    His high school friend, Siimaa, uses an expression meaning - “Great couple!”
    Use this expression to compliment someone.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • खुल्लम खुल्ला (khuLLam khuLLaa): “openly, uninhibitedly”
  • प्यार (pyaar): “love”
  • वाह (vaah): “wow”
  • लगे रहना (Lage rahaNaa): “to keep at it”
  • क्या बात है (kyaa baaT hai): “wow, excellent,”
  • बढ़िया (badhiyaa): “great, excellent”
  • जोड़ी (jodii): “couple”
  • What would you say in Hindi when a friend changes their relationship status?

    Being in a good relationship with someone special is good news - don’t be shy to spread it!

    12. Post about Getting Married in Hindi

    Wow, so things got serious, and you’re getting married. Congratulations! Or, your friend is getting married, so talk about this in Hindi.

    Mira just got married to Aman, posts an image of them, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    जनम जनम का साथ, आज से शुरू! (jaNam jaNam kaa SaaTH, aaj Se suruu!)
    “For ever after, starting today!”

    1- जनम जनम का साथ (jaNam jaNam kaa SaaTH)

    First is an expression meaning “For ever after.”
    This literally means “together life after life”. This comes from the Hindi belief that people are reborn. The Hindu wedding ritual aspires couples to be together in each life for at least seven rebirths.

    2- आज से शुरू! (aaj Se suruu!)

    Then comes the phrase - “starts today!.”
    “aaj Se suruu” means ’starts from today’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- बधाई हो! (baDHaaii ho!)

    Her college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations!”
    This is the traditional response to any important, positive announcement.

    2- बहुत प्यारी लग रही हो! (bahuT pyaarii Lag rahii ho!)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “You look lovely!”
    Use this expression to compliment someone on their looks.

    3- शादी के लिए बधाई हो! (saaDii ke Liye baDHaaii ho!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations on getting married!”
    Use this expression to offer your wishes in a friendly, casual manner.

    4- दोनों को मेरी शुभकामनाएं! (DoNon ko merii subhakaamaNaayen!)

    Her supervisor, Ganesan, uses an expression meaning - “My best wishes to you both!”
    Use this expression offer your wishes in a more formal manner.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • जनम (jaNam): “birth, life (entire life)”
  • साथ (SaaTH): “togetherness”
  • बधाई (baDHaaii): “congratulations, greetings”
  • प्यारी (pyaari): “lovely, sweet, cute”
  • शादी (saaDii): “wedding, marriage”
  • दोनों (DoNon): “both”
  • शुभकामना (subhkaamaNaa): “best wishes, greetings”
  • How would you respond in Hindi to a friend’s post about getting married?

    For the next topic, fast forward about a year into the future after the marriage…

    13. Announcing Big News in Hindi

    Wow, huge stuff is happening in your life! Announce it in Hindi.

    Aman’s wife is pregnant, he posts an image of her, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    दो से तीन बनने की तैयारी शुरू! (Do Se TiiN baNaNe kii Taiyaarii suruu!)
    “Preparations for becoming three from two begin!”

    1- बनने की तैयारी शुरू! (baNaNe kii Taiyaarii suruu!)

    First is an expression meaning “Preparations for becoming.”

    2- दो से तीन (Do Se TiiN )

    Then comes the phrase - “three from two begin!.” This phrase literally means “becoming three from two”, which is colloquial speech used by couples when they’re “having a baby”.

    This phrase is technically grammatically incomplete because the sentence should really end with “हुई” (huii). However, this kind of sentence is commonly left incomplete. It means “Preparations for becoming ~ begin!”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- बहुत बधाई हो! (bahuT baDHaaii ho!)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Hearty congratulations!”
    Use this expression to give congratulations while feeling warmhearted.

    2- बधाई! चाचा बनने की तैयारी शुरू! (baDHaaii! caacaa baNaNe kii Taiyaarii suruu!)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations! Preparations for becoming uncle begin!”
    Use this expression to show your pleasure over the announcement.

    3- अरे वाह! बहुत ही बढ़िया ख़बर! (are vaah! bahuT hii badhiyaa khabar!)

    His wife’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Oh wow! Really excellent news!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted.

    4- मियां-बीवी को बहुत सारी बधाइयाँ! (miyaan-biivii ko bahuT Saarii baDHaaiyaan!)

    His high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Hearty congratulations to the couple!”
    Use this expression to offer your wishes in a friendly manner.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • दो (Do): “two”
  • तीन (TiiN): “three”
  • बनना (baNaNaa): “to become, to turn into”
  • तैयारी (Taiyaarii): “preparations”
  • चाचा (caacaa): “uncle (father’s younger sibling or cousin)”
  • ख़बर (khabar): “news”
  • मियां (miyaan): “husband”
  • बीवी (biivii): “wife”
  • Which phrase would you choose when a friend announces their pregnancy on social media?

    So, talking about a pregnancy will get you a lot of traction on social media. But wait till you see the responses to babies!

    14. Posting Hindi Comments about Your Baby

    Your bundle of joy is here, and you cannot keep quiet about it! Share your thoughts in Hindi.

    Mira has a baby, posts an image of the little one, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    चाहे बच्चे ने सारी रात जगाया हो, जब उसके चहरे पे प्यारी सी मुस्कान खिलती है तो सब भूल जाती हूँ। (caahe bacce Ne Saarii raaT jagaayaa ho, jab uSake cahare pe pyaarii Sii muSkaaN khiLaTii hai To Sab bhuuL jaaTii huun.)
    “This kid may have kept me up all night, but when her face lights up in a smile, I forget it all.”

    1- चाहे बच्चे ने सारी रात जगाया हो (caahe bacce Ne Saarii raaT jagaayaa ho)

    First is an expression meaning “The kid may have kept you up all night but”
    Starting any phrase with “caahe” means the same as saying “Even if ~”. The clause that follows then contradicts what the natural response would have been. In this case “Even if the kid kept you up all night”

    2- जब उसके चहरे पे प्यारी सी मुस्कान खिलती है तो सब भूल जाती हूँ (jab uSake cahare pe pyaarii Sii muSkaaN khiLaTii hai To Sab bhuuL jaaTii huun)

    Then comes the phrase - “when a lovely smile lights up her face I forget everything.”
    “muSkaaN” means ’smile’. When talking about a bright or lovely smile, especially a child’s, it is spoken of as “blooming - khiLaNaa” like flowers - “muSkaaN khiLaTii hai”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- सोनाली है ही इतनी प्यारी! (SoNaaLii hai hii iTaNii pyaarii!)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Sonali is just that cute!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted.

    2- मुझे उसके साथ खेलने का मन कर रहा है! (mujhe uSake SaaTH kheLaNe kaa maN kar rahaa hai!)

    Her nephew, Rohit, uses an expression meaning - “I feel like playing with her!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling playful.

    3- हाहा मैं समझ सकती हूँ। (haahaa main Samajh SakaTii huun.)

    Her husband’s high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Haha I can relate.”
    Use this expression to show your agreement.

    4- हर माँ की दशा! (har maan kii Dasaa!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Every mother’s story!”
    Use this expression to be responsive and in agreement.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • बच्चा (baccaa): “child”
  • जगाना (jagaaNaa): “to wake someone up”
  • चहरा (caharaa): “face”
  • प्यारी (pyaarii): “lovely”
  • मुस्कान (muSkaaN): “smile”
  • खिलना (khiLaNaa): “to bloom”
  • भूलना (bhuuLaNaa): “to forget”
  • दशा (Dasaa): “situation, condition”
  • If your friend is the mother or father, which phrase would you use on social media?

    Congratulations, you know the basics of chatting about a baby in Hindi! But we’re not done with families yet…

    15. Hindi Comments about a Family Reunion

    Family reunions - some you love, some you hate. Share about it on your feed.

    Aman is at a family reunion, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    पूरा सिन्हा ख़ानदान इकट्ठे! हमेशा की तरह बहुत सारे हंसी-मज़ाक, खाने-पीने, गाने-बजाने के साथ! (puuraa SiNhaa khaaNaDaaN ikatthe! hamesaa kii Tarah bahuT Saare hanSii-mazaak, khaaNe-piiNe, gaaNe-bajaaNe ke SaaTH!)
    “The whole Sinha family all together! Like always with a lot of laughter and jokes, food and drinks, singing and fun!”

    1- पूरा सिन्हा ख़ानदान इकट्ठे! (puuraa SiNahaa khaaNaDaaN ikatthe!)

    First is an expression meaning “The whole Sinha family all together!.”
    “khaaNaDaaN” means full extended family and typically applies to all the relatives that share the same family name. “ikatthe” means ‘together’.

    2- हमेशा की तरह बहुत सारे हंसी-मज़ाक, खाने-पीने, गाने-बजाने के साथ! (hamesaa kii Tarah bahuT Saaraa hanSii-mazaak, khaaNe-piiNe, gaaNe-bajaaNe ke SaaTH!)

    Then comes the phrase - “As always, with a lot of laughter, food and drinks, singing and fun!.”
    “hanSii-mazaak”, “khaaNaa-piiNaa” and “gaaNaa-bajaaNaa” are phrases used to convey fun activities and revelries. “hanSii” means ‘laugh’ and “mazaak” means ‘joking, making fun’. So together “hanSii-mazaak” means something like ‘laughter and fun’. “khaaNaa” means ‘food’ and “piiNaa” means ‘to drink’. Together “khaaNaa-piiNaa” means ‘foods and drinks’ (lots of). “gaaNaa” means ’song’ or ‘to sing’ and “bajaaNaa” means ‘to play’, referring to playing instruments or music. Combined, this phrase refers to music, song and beats. Hindi uses a lot of such phrases, combining similar and rhyming words to describe environments.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- मीरा नहीं दिख रही? (miiraa Nahiin Dikh rahii?)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Can’t see Mira around?”
    Use this expression to show your interest in the topic.

    2- फोटो उस ही ने खींची है। (foto uS hii Ne khiincii hai.)

    AmaN uses an expression meaning - “She was the one taking the photo.”
    Use this expression to show you are being responsive.

    3- सब अच्छे लग रहे हैं (Sab acche Lag rahe hain)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Everyone looks good.”
    Use this expression to offer your compliments.

    4- बहुत बढ़िया (bahuT badhiyaa)

    His wife’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Fantastic.”
    Use this expression to show your appreciation.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • पूरा (puuraa): “fully, wholly, completely”
  • ख़ानदान (khaaNaDaaN): “full extended family”
  • इकट्ठा (ikatthaa): “together”
  • हंसी-मज़ाक (hanSii-mazaak): “laughter and fun”
  • खाना-पीना (khaaNaa-piiNaa): “food and drinks”
  • गाना-बजाना (gaaNaa-bajaaNaa): “song and beats”
  • दिखना (DikhaNaa): “to be visible”
  • खींचना (khiincaNaa): “to pull, to click a photo”
  • Which phrase is your favorite to comment on a friend’s photo about a family reunion?

    16. Post about Your Travel Plans in Hindi

    So, the family are going on holiday. Do you know how to post and leave comments in Hindi about being at the airport, waiting for a flight?

    Mira is going for a vacation, posts an image of herself at the airport, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    इस छुट्टी का बहुत दिनों से इंतज़ार था। गुआम के लिए तैयार! (iS chuttii kaa bahuT DiNon Se iNTazaar THaa. guaam ke liye Taiyaar!)
    “Long wait for this holiday. Ready for Guam!”

    1- इस छुट्टी का बहुत दिनों से इंतज़ार था। (iS chutti kaa bahuT DiNon Se iNTazaar THaa.)

    First is an expression meaning “Long wait for this holiday..”
    “bahuT DiNon Se iNTazaar THaa” literally means ‘there was a long wait for this”. But what it means in this phrase is ‘I’ve been waiting for this for a long time’.

    2- गुआम के लिए तैयार! (guaam ke liye Taiyaar!)

    Then comes the phrase - “Ready for Guam!”
    “ke liye Taiyaar” can be used whenever you’re talking about being ready for something.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- मज़े करो! (maze karo!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Enjoy!”
    Use this expression to wish someone well.

    2- काश हमें भी ऐसी छुट्टी मिलती! (kaas hamen bhii aiSii chuttii miLaTii!)

    Her college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “I wish I could get such a holiday!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling sad and left out.

    3- वाह! अच्छे से घूम-फिर आओ! (vaah! acche Se ghuum-phir aao!)

    Her husband’s high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Wow! Have a great trip!”
    This is another expression to wish someone well.

    4- वाह! मज़े करो! (vaah! maze karo!)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Wow! Have fun!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • छुट्टी (chuttii): “holiday”
  • इंतज़ार (iNTazaar): “wait”
  • तैयार (Taiyaar): “ready”
  • मज़ा (mazaa): “fun”
  • काश (kaas): “I wish, if only”
  • ऐसा (aiSaa): “like this, such as”
  • घूमना-फिरना (ghuumaNaa-phiraNaa): “to travel and wander around”
  • वाह (vaah): “wow, great”
  • Choose and memorize your best airport phrase in Hindi!

    Hopefully the rest of the trip is better!

    17. Posting about an Interesting Find in Hindi

    So maybe you’re strolling around at your local market, and find something interesting. Here are some handy Hindi phrases!

    Aman finds something interesting in the market, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    आज की अदभुत खोज - बचपन के स्वीट्स इतने सालों बाद! (aaj kii aDbhuT khoj - bacapaN ke SviitS iTaNe SaaLon baaD!)
    “Today’s extraordinary find - childhood sweets after so many years!”

    1- आज की अदभुत खोज (aaj kii aDbhuT khoj)

    First is an expression meaning “Today’s extraordinary find.”
    “khoj” means ‘a find’ or ‘a search’, “aDbhuT” means ’strange’ or ‘extraordinary’, and “aaj kii” means ‘today’s’.

    2- - बचपन के स्वीट्स इतने सालों बाद! (- bacapaN ke SviitS iTaNe SaaLon baaD!)

    Then comes the phrase - “- childhood sweets after so many years.”
    “bacapaN” means ‘childhood’. And “iTaNe SaaLon baaD” is a common phrase, often used as an exclamatory phrase, that means ‘after so many years’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- अरे वाह, यह तो बहुत पुराने हैं! (are vaah, yah To bahuT puraaNe hain!)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Oh wow, these are very old!”
    Use this expression to show your surprise.

    2- कहाँ मिले? (kahaan miLe?)

    His wife, Mira, uses an expression meaning - “Where did you find them?”
    Use this expression to show your interest in the topic.

    3- सच में बहुत सालों बाद देख रही हूँ (Sac men bahuT SaaLon baaD Dekh rahii huun.)

    His high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Really, I’m seeing them after many years”.
    Use this expression to show your agreement.

    4- इनके बारे में भूल ही गया था! (iNake baare men bhuuL hii gayaa THaa!)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “I had forgotten about them!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling pleased, reminiscing about the past.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • अदभुत (aDbhuT): “strange, extraordinary”
  • खोज (khoj): “find, search”
  • बचपन (bacapaN): “childhood”
  • इतना (iTaNaa): “this much, so much”
  • बाद (baaD): “after, later”
  • पुराना (puraaNaa): “old”
  • इनका (iNakaa): “of these, theirs”
  • भूलना (bhuuLaNaa): “to forget”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s interesting find?

    Perhaps you will even learn the identity of your find! Or perhaps you’re on holiday, and visiting interesting places…

    18. Post about a Sightseeing Trip in Hindi

    Let your friends know what you’re up to in Hindi, especially when visiting a remarkable place! Don’t forget the photo.

    Mira goes sightseeing, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    इतने साल दिल्ली में रहने के बावजूद, आज पहली बार ताज महल को देखा। (iTaNe SaaL DiLLii men rahaNe ke baavajuuD, aaj pahaLii baar Taaj mahaL ko Dekhaa)
    “Despite living in Delhi for so many years, I saw the Taj Mahal for the first time today.”

    1- इतने साल दिल्ली में रहने के बावजूद (iTaNe SaaL DiLLii men rahaNe ke baavajuuD)

    First is an expression meaning “Despite living in Delhi for so many years”.
    “baavajuuD” means ‘despite’. The way this is used in Hindi is that “baavajuuD” comes after the phrase it contradicts. So “iTaNe SaaL DilLLii men rahaNe ke baavajuuD” means ‘despite living in Delhi for so many years’.

    2- आज पहली बार ताज महल को देखा (aaj pahaLii baar Taaj mahaL ko Dekhaa)

    Then comes the phrase - “saw the Taj Mahal for the first time today”.
    “pahaLii baar” means ‘first time’ and is used to describe doing something for the first time - ‘[I] saw the Taj Mahal for the first time today’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- क्या? पहली बार?! (kyaa? pahaLii baar?!)

    Her college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “What? The first time?”
    Use this expression when something is hard to believe.

    2- अच्छा किया! (acchaa kiyaa!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Well done!”
    Use this expression to show your happiness.

    3- मैं चार बार जा चुका हूँ! (main caar baar jaa cukaa huun!)

    Her nephew, Rohit, uses an expression meaning - “I’ve been there four times!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling boastful.

    4- कैसा लगा? (kaiSaa Lagaa?)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “How was it?”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling involved and would like to know more.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • साल (SaaL): “years”
  • रहना (rahaNaa): “to stay, to live”
  • बावजूद (baavajuuD): “despite”
  • पहला (pahaLaa): “first, before”
  • महल (mahaL): “palace”
  • अच्छा (acchaa): “good”
  • चुका (cukaa): “have done”
  • लगना (LagaNaa): “feel about”
  • Which phrase would you prefer when a friend posts about a famous landmark?

    Share your special places with the world. Or simply post about your relaxing experiences.

    19. Post about Relaxing Somewhere in Hindi

    So you’re doing nothing yet you enjoy that too? Tell your social media friends about it in Hindi!

    Aman is having a relaxing day, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    इतनी शांतिपूर्ण और ख़ूबसूरत जगह मैं पहले कभी नहीं गया (iTaNii saaNTipuurn aur khuubaSuuraT jagah main pahaLe kabhii Nahiin gayaa)
    “I have never been to such a peaceful and beautiful place before.”

    1- इतनी शांतिपूर्ण और ख़ूबसूरत जगह (iTaNii saaNTipuurn aur khuubaSuuraT jagah)

    First is an expression meaning “Such a peaceful and beautiful place.”
    “iTaNii” means ‘this much’, so the phrase “iTaNii saaNTipuurn aur khuubaSuraT jagah” means ’such a peaceful and beautiful place’. “saaNTipuurn” is derived from the noun ’saaNTii’, which means ‘peace’. “saaNTipuurn” is usually reserved for talking about places and environments.

    2- मैं पहले कभी नहीं गया (main pahaLe kabhii Nahiin gayaa)

    Then comes the phrase - “I have never been to before.”
    “kabhii” means ’sometimes’, but when combined with “Nahiin”, meaning ‘no’, “kabhii Nahiin” becomes ‘never’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- वाह! आराम करो (vaah! aaraam karo)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Wow! Have a relaxing time.”
    Use this expression if you want to wish someone a good time.

    2- बहुत ही सुन्दर! (bahuT hii SuNDar!)

    His wife’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Very beautiful!”
    Use this expression to offer compliments.

    3- वाह मुझे भी जाना है! (vaah, mujhe bhii jaaNaa hai!)

    His high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Wow, I want to go too!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling left out, but hopeful.

    4- सच में! मुझे भी ऐसा लगा था। (Sac men! mujhe bhii aiSaa Lagaa THaa.)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Really! I felt that way too.”
    Use this expression to show your agreement.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • शांतिपूर्ण (saaNTipuurn): “peaceful”
  • ख़ूबसूरत (khuubaSuuraT): “beautiful”
  • जगह (jagah): “place”
  • कभी (kabhii): “sometimes”
  • आराम (aaraam): “rest, relaxation”
  • सुन्दर (SuNDar): “beautiful”
  • जाना है (jaaNaa hai): “have to go, want to go, need to go”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s feed?

    The break was great, but now it’s time to return home.

    20. What to Say in Hindi When You’re Home Again

    And you’re back! What will you share with friends and followers?

    Mira is back from her vacation, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    छुट्टी ख़त्म। मन नहीं कर रहा था वापिस आने का! (chuttii khaTm! maN Nahiin kar rahaa THaa vaapiS aaNe kaa!)
    “End of holiday! Really didn’t feel like coming back!”

    1- छुट्टी ख़त्म! (chuttii khaTm!)

    First is an expression meaning “End of holiday!.”
    “khaTm” means ‘finished’, ‘done’, or ‘ended/ends’. So “chuttii khaTm” means ‘end of holidays’ or ‘holiday ends’.

    2- मन नहीं कर रहा था वापिस आने का! (maN Nahiin kar rahaa THaa vaapiS aaNe kaa!)

    Then comes the phrase - “Didn’t feel like coming back!.”
    “maN” means ‘mind’. Use this term to talk about both thoughts and feelings in Hindi. “maN karaNaa”, which literally means ‘mind doing’, in this case actually means “I feel like”. Altogether, the phrase means ‘my mind was against coming back’, or in other words, ‘I didn’t feel like coming back’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- अगली छुट्टी का इंतज़ार शुरू! (agaLii chuttii kaa iNTazaar suruu!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Wait until the next holiday starts!”
    Use this expression to be humorous and tease the poster.

    2- वापिस चलते हैं (vaapiS caLaTe hain)

    Her husband, Aman, uses an expression meaning - “Let’s go back.”
    Use this expression if you wish to go somewhere with someone to a known destination.

    3- दोबारा चले जाना (Dobaaraa caLe jaaNaa)

    Her college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “You can go back again.”
    Use this expression if you wish to be encouraging.

    4- घर वापस आने पर आपका स्वागत है! (ghar vaapaS aaNe par aapakaa SvaagaT hai!)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Welcome back home!”
    This is the traditional expression to welcome someone back from a trip.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • छुट्टी (chuttii): “holiday, vacation”
  • ख़त्म (khaTm): “done, finished, ended”
  • मन (maN): “mind (not brain, mind+heart combined)”
  • वापिस/वापस (vaapiS/vaapaS): “back, again”
  • इंतज़ार (iNTazaar): “wait”
  • चलना (caLaNaa): “to go, to walk”
  • दोबारा (Dobaaraa): “again, 2nd time”
  • स्वागत (SvaagaT): “welcome”
  • How would you welcome a friend back from a trip?

    What do you post on social media during a public holiday such as Holi?

    21. It’s Time to Celebrate in Hindi

    It’s an historic day and you wish to post something about it on social media. What would you say?

    Aman is celebrating Holi, posts an appropriate image, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    बुरा न मानो होली है! (लेकिन बदतमीज़ी करना बुरी बात है) (buraa Na maaNo hoLii hai! (LekiN baDaTamiizii karaNaa burii baaT hai))
    “Don’t mind, it’s Holi! (but indecent behavior is bad)”

    1- बुरा न मनो होली है! (buraa Na maaNo hoLii hai!)

    First is an expression meaning “Don’t mind, it’s Holi!.”
    This is a popular phrase used during Holi; it’s said jokingly to mean ‘Don’t mind because it’s Holi!’. Holi is a festival for fun and games, so when people throw colors and water at each other or do things that wouldn’t be acceptable to do in other contexts, the idea is that it’s okay because of the occasion - people usually say ‘Don’t take offense - it’s Holi!’

    2- लेकिन बदतमीज़ी करना बुरी बात है (LekiN baDaTamiizii karaNaa burii baaT hai)

    Then comes the phrase - “But indecent behavior is bad.”
    “baDaTamiizii” means ‘bad behavior’ or ‘indecent behavior’ and is used to refer to behavior that can be considered harassment. “burii baaT hai” means ‘is a bad thing’. So “baDaTamiizii karaNaa burii baaT hai” basically means indecent behavior in the guise of Holi fun and games is not okay.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- होली है! (hoLii hai!)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “It’s Holi!”
    Use this expression to show your joy.

    2- हैप्पी होली! (haippii hoLii!)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Happy Holi!”
    Use this expression to offer a friendly wish.

    3- होली की बधाई! (hoLii kii baDHaaii!)

    His supervisor, Ganesan, uses an expression meaning - “Greetings for Holi!”
    Use this expression to offer a formal wish.

    4- हैप्पी होली! मैं पिचकारी लेकर तैयार हूँ! (haippii hoLii! main picakaarii Lekar Taiyaar huun!)

    His wife’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Happy Holi! I’m ready with my water gun!”
    Use this expression to be funny.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • बुरा (buraa): “bad”
  • मानना (maaNaNaa): “to find, to believe”
  • होली (hoLii): “Holi - festival of colors”
  • बदतमीज़ी (baDaTamiizii): “bad behavior, indecent behavior”
  • बुरी बात (burii baaT): “bad thing”
  • बधाई (baDHaaii): “greetings, regards”
  • पिचकारी (picakaarii): “water pistol”
  • तैयार (Taiyaar): “ready, prepared”
  • If a friend posted something about a holiday, which phrase would you use?

    Holi and other public festival days are not the only special ones to remember!

    22. Posting about a Birthday on Social Media in Hindi

    Your friend or you are celebrating your birthday in an unexpected way. Be sure to share this on social media!

    Mira and her friends celebrate her birthday, Mira posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    जन्मदिन की पार्टी के लिए सब को तहे दिल से शुक्रिया! बहुत मज़ा आया और दिल ख़ुश हो गया! (jaNmaDiN kii paartii ke Liye Sab ko Tahe DiL Se sukriyaa! bahuT mazaa aayaa aur DiL khus ho gayaa!)
    “Heartfelt thanks to everyone for the birthday party! Had a lot of fun and was overjoyed!”

    1- जन्मदिन की पार्टी के लिए सब को तहे दिल से शुक्रिया! (jaNmaDiN kii paartii ke Liye Sab ko Tahe DiL Se sukriyaa!)

    First is an expression meaning “Heartfelt thanks to everyone for the birthday party!.”
    “Tahe DiL Se” is a common phrase used to express depth of feeling. It means something like ‘from the bottom of my heart’ or ‘heartfelt’. “Sab ko Tahe DiL Se sukriyaa” means ‘heartfelt thanks to everyone’.

    2- बहुत मज़ा आया और दिल ख़ुश हो गया! (bahuT mazaa aayaa aur DiL khus ho gayaa!)

    Then comes the phrase - “Had a lot of fun and was overjoyed!.”
    “DiL khus ho gayaa” is a common phrase which means ‘my heart was overjoyed’. It is used to express happiness greater than a person’s happiness on the surface.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- हमें भी मज़ा आया! (hamen bhii mazaa aayaa!)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “We had fun too!”
    Use this expression to show your pleasure.

    2- जन्मदिन की बधाई! (jaNmaDiN kii baDHaaii!)

    Her husband’s high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Birthday greetings!”
    Use this expression to offer your wishes the traditional way.

    3- हैप्पी बर्थडे, मीरा! (haippii barthade, miiraa!)

    Her supervisor, Ganesan, uses an expression meaning - “Happy birthday, Meera!”
    Use this expression to offer a formal wish, also traditional.

    4- कोई नहीं - हैप्पी बर्थडे! (koii Nahiin - haippii barTHade!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “It’s nothing - Happy birthday!”
    Use this expression if you’re feeling thoughtful, also joyful for the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • जन्मदिन (jaNmaDiN): “birthday”
  • तहे दिल से (Tahe DiL Se): “from the bottom of my heart, heartfelt”
  • शुक्रिया (sukriyaa): “thank you”
  • मज़ा आना (mazaa aaNaa): “to have fun”
  • दिल (DiL): “heart”
  • खु़श (khus): “happy”
  • कोई (koii): “any, some”
  • नहीं (Nahiin): “nothing, no”
  • If a friend posted something about birthday greetings, which phrase would you use?

    23. Talking about New Year on Social Media in Hindi

    Impress your friends with your Hindi New Year’s wishes this year. Learn the phrases easily!

    Aman wants to wish his friends a Happy New Year, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    नया साल मुबारक! नया साल आप सब के लिए ख़ुशहाल और मज़ेदार हो! (Nayaa SaaL mubaarak! Nayaa SaaL aap Sab ke Liye khusahaaL aur mazeDaar ho!)
    “Happy New Year! May the new year be prosperous and fun for all of you!”

    1- नया साल मुबारक! (Nayaa SaaL mubaarak!)

    First is an expression meaning “Happy New Year!.”
    “mubaarak” means ‘congratulations’ or ‘greetings’ and is used for any occasion or event. “Nayaa SaaL mubaarak” is a common Hindi/Urdu expression that means ‘Greetings for the New Year!’ or ‘Happy New Year!’

    2- नया साल आप सब के लिए ख़ुशहाल और मज़ेदार हो! (Nayaa SaaL aap Sab ke Liye khusahaaL aur mazeDaar ho!)

    Then comes the phrase - “May the new year be prosperous and fun for all of you!.”
    “khusahaaL” is a derivative of the word “khus”, meaning ‘happy’. This term is used to describe a time that was ‘joyous’ or ‘prosperous. It’s used in greetings to wish people a prosperous time or journey.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- हैप्पी न्यू ईयर, अमन! (haippii Nyuu iiyar, amaN!)

    His college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Happy New Year, Aman!”
    Use this expression to wish someone well for the new year in a traditional way. It is also a traditional and appropriate response to any New Year wish.

    2- आप दोनों को भी! (aap DoNon ko bhii!)

    His wife’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “To you two too!”
    Use this expression to accept the poster’s, as well as offer your own wishes in a casual way.

    3- नए साल की शुभकामनाएं! (Naye SaaL kii subhakaamaNaayen!)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Best wishes for the new year!”
    Use this expression to offer your warmhearted wishes.

    4- आपको भी! (aapako bhii!)

    His high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “To you too!”
    Use this expression to accept the poster’s, as well as offer your own New Year wishes casually.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • नया (Nayaa): “new”
  • साल (SaaL): “year”
  • मुबारक (mubaarak): “congratulations for, greetings for”
  • ख़ुशहाल (khusahaaL): “prosperous”
  • मज़ेदार (mazeDaar): “fun-filled”
  • दोनों (DoNon): “both”
  • शुभकामना (subhakaamaNaa): “best wishes, greetings”
  • आपको भी (aapako bhii): “to you too”
  • Which is your favorite phrase to post on social media during New Year?

    But before New Year’s Day comes another important day…

    24. What to Post on Christmas Day in Hindi

    What will you say in Hindi about Christmas?

    Mira wants to wish her friends a Merry Christmas, posts an appropriate image, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Mira’s post.

    सबको बड़े दिन की शुभकामनाएं! सैंटा इस साल बहुत मेहरबान रहे! (Sabako bade DiN kii subhakaamaNaayen! SaiNtaa iS SaaL bahuT meharabaaN rahe!)
    “Best wishes for Christmas to everyone! Santa was very kind this year!”

    1- सबको बड़े दिन की शुभकामनाएं! (Sabako bade DiN kii subhakaamaNaayen!)

    First is an expression meaning “Best wishes for Christmas to everyone!.”
    “badaa DiN” is the Hindi name for ‘Christmas’. “subhakaamaNaayen” is a common way of greeting people during any event.

    2- सैंटा इस साल बहुत मेहरबान रहे! (SaiNtaa iS SaaL bahuT meharabaaN rahe!)

    Then comes the phrase - “Santa was very kind this year!.”
    “meharabaaN” means ‘generous’, ‘kind’ and ‘benevolent’ combined. “meharabaaN hoNaa”, which means ‘to be generous’, is typically used to talk about people doing very generous things.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Mira’s friends leave some comments.

    1- सैंटा की तरफ़ से “वेलकम” (SaiNtaa kii Taraf Se “veLakam” )

    Her husband, Aman, uses an expression meaning - “On behalf of Santa, “you are welcome.”
    Use this expression to be thoughtful and humorous.

    2- मेरी क्रिसमस! (merii kriSamaS!)

    Her neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Merry Christmas!”
    This is the traditional response to someone’s Christmas wish.

    3- सैंटा श्रेय ले गया (SaiNtaa srey Le gayaa)

    Her college friend, Gaurav, uses an expression meaning - “Santa took the credit.”
    Use this expression to be funny.

    4- मेरी क्रिसमस! (merii kriSamaS!)

    Her high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Merry Christmas!”
    Use this expression to express your friendly wishes.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • सबको (Sabako): “to everyone”
  • बड़ा दिन (badaa DiN): “Christmas”
  • शुभकामना (subhakaamaNaa): “best wishes, greetings”
  • साल (SaaL): “year”
  • मेहरबान (meharabaaN): “generous, benevolent, kind”
  • तरफ़ से (Taraf Se): “on behalf of”
  • श्रेय (srey): “credit”
  • ले जाना (Le jaaNaa): “to take away”
  • If a friend posted something about Christmas greetings, which phrase would you use?

    So, the festive season is over! Yet, there will always be other days, besides a birthday, to wish someone well.

    25. Post about Your Anniversary in Hindi

    Some things deserve to be celebrated, like wedding anniversaries. Learn which Hindi phrases are meaningful and best suited for this purpose!

    It is Aman’s wedding anniversary, he posts an image of him and Mira, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Aman’s post.

    पांच साल शादी के पूरे हुए - पछत्तर साल बाक़ी हैं (paanc SaaL saaDii ke puure huye - pachaTTar SaaL baaqii hain)
    “Five years of marriage completed - seventy five years left.”

    1- पांच साल शादी के पूरे हुए (paanc SaaL SaaDii ke puure huye)

    First is an expression meaning “Five years of marriage completed.”
    “puure huye” is used with plural objects when talking about things that have been completed. “paanc SaaL saadii ke puure huye” thus means ‘Five years of marriage have been completed.’

    2- - पछत्तर साल बाक़ी हैं (- pachaTTar SaaL baaqii hain)

    Then comes the phrase - “- seventy-five years left.”
    “baaqii hain” means ‘are remaining’ or ‘are left’, which suggests that things ‘are left to do’ or ‘are remaining to be complete’.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Aman’s friends leave some comments.

    1- शादी की सालगिरह के लिए बधाई! (saaDii kii SaaLagirah ke Liye baDHaaii!)

    His neighbor, Sneha, uses an expression meaning - “Greetings for the marriage anniversary!”
    Use this expression to offer your friendly wishes.

    2- पांच साल की एनिवर्सरी के लिए बधाई हो! (paanc SaaL kii eNivarSarii ke Liye baDHaaii ho!)

    His wife’s high school friend, Shabana, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations on the fifth anniversary!”
    Use this phrase to offer congratulations and express your joy.

    3- एनिवर्सरी की शुभकामनाएं! (eNivarSarii kii subhakaamaNaayen!)

    His supervisor, Ganesan, uses an expression meaning - “Best wishes for your anniversary!”
    This is the traditional response to someone’s anniversary.

    4- जनम-जनम का साथ! (jaNam-jaNam kaa SaaTH!)

    His high school friend, Seema, uses an expression meaning - “Together forever!”
    Use this expression to show you are happy about someone else’s happiness.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • पांच (paanc): “five”
  • शादी (saaDii): “marriage”
  • पूरा (puuraa): “full, complete”
  • पछत्तर (pachaTTar): “seventy-five”
  • बाक़ी (baaqii): “left, remaining”
  • सालगिरह (SaaLagirah): “anniversary”
  • जनम (jaNam): “birth, life”
  • साथ (SaaTH): “together, with”
  • If a friend posted something about Anniversary greetings, which phrase would you use?

    Conclusion

    Learning to speak a new language will always be easier once you know key phrases that everybody uses. These would include commonly used expressions for congratulations and best wishes, etc.

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    Top Indian “Sorry Words” And Polite Ways to Say Sorry in Hindi

    What does a true apology feel like? Well, to begin with, it should come straight from the heart, and the Hindi language is the perfect tool to express it. Whether you need to know how to say sorry to your bf in Hindi or how to say sorry to a girl in Hindi, you’ll find an array of options here!

    Unlike in English, Hindi’s “sorry” doesn’t have a single literal word for it. Instead, Indians prefer a bunch of phrases when asking for an apology and to say “sorry” in Hindi.

    Most commonly, “sorry” in Hindi translation means क्षमा (ksamaa) or माफ़ी (maafii), and other similar words which you’ll be learning in this article.

    “To say sorry” meaning in Hindi is माफ़ी माँगना (maafii maangaNaa). But the phrase literally translates to “to seek an apology,” where माफ़ी (maafii) is “an apology” and माँगना (maangaNaa) is “to seek” or “to ask for.”

    As a beginner at HindiPod101, you can count on these Indian “sorry phrases” in similar situations, if you wish to apologize in Hindi. This is going to help you in different circumstances, such as making common errors while speaking in Hindi, being late, spilling coffee by mistake, or even consoling a friend.

    Saying sorry in trivial situations shows your courteous behavior. In serious matters, it may save you from heartbreak, or losing a valuable friend. This makes “sorry” in learning Hindi so important.

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    1. Preferable Body Language While Making an Apology
    2. Most Important Apologizing Words in Hindi
    3. How to Say Sorry in Hindi
    4. Admitting a Mistake in a Dignified Manner
    5. Expressing Condolences
    6. Responding to an Apology
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    1. Preferable Body Language While Making an Apology

    “Sorry” in the Hindi language is about body language just as much as it is about words. Watching a tutorial on a “how to say sorry in Hindi” video, or seeing a “sorry” in Hindi image, may tell you a lot about the Indian ways of apologizing.

    1- Apologizing in Formal Situations

    Body Language During a Formal Apology

    First, we’ll talk about how to say “I’m sorry” in Hindi in formal situations:

    • When asking for an apology from one’s boss, the person may stand with both hands in front of them.
    • The right palm rests over the left, and the head bows down very slightly.
    • And then, with a gentle tone, you say the common Indian sorry phrases that we’ve mentioned below.

    2- Saying Sorry to Elders

    Saying sorry to older people, relatives, or people you greatly respect, involves making a particular hand gesture:

    • Join both the palms, so that your fingertips and chest are aligned.
    • Technically, it’s the same as saying NamaSTe except that NamaSTe is a way of greeting others. But when apologizing, one doesn’t smile.
    • You can sometimes find the same hand gesture for “sorry” in Hindi quotes and “sorry” in Hindi statuses when you search online.

    3- Saying Sorry to Friends and Younger People

    Indian Ways of Apologizing

    In informal situations, Indians say sorry to their friends by placing a hand on their friend’s shoulder. It’s not a rule, but the gesture is a symbol of empathy, showing that you understand their hurt and feel sorry for it.

    Sometimes, we end up hurting the tender emotions of our young ones. In such sensitive moments, Indians like to hug their kids to express their genuine apology.

    Now that you’ve got a better idea about Indian body language, let’s look at the popular keywords that are used to say “I am sorry” in the Hindi language.


    2. Most Important Apologizing Words in Hindi

    3 Ways to Say Sorry

    The verb “apologize,”’s meaning in Hindi is माफ़ी माँगना (maafii maangaNaa). But when we talk about the noun “apology,” the right Hindi word for “sorry” is just माफ़ी (maafii), which is also a noun word in Hindi. माँगना (maangaNaa) qualifies as a verb in Hindi which translates to “asking for” in English.

    1- क्षमा (ksamaa)

    • The Hindi word क्षमा (ksamaa) is a noun. Its literal meaning is “forgiveness.”
    • When pronouncing this word in Hindi, the k becomes silent and it actually sounds like samaa.
    • In a Hindi sentence, क्षमा (ksamaa) comes after a pronoun and is followed by a verb at the end.
    • It’s quite a formal apology word and people rarely use it to say sorry in the Hindi language.

    2- माफ़ी (maafii)

    • The Hindi word माफ़ी (maafii) is also a noun. Its literal meaning is “forgiveness.”
    • In a Hindi sentence, माफ़ी (maafii) comes after a pronoun and is followed by a verb at the end.
    • On some occasions, माफ़ी (maafii) is replaced with माफ़ (maaf) which is a phrasal verb.
    • माफ़ (maaf) is one of the most popular Hindi words to be used not only in Hindi sorry SMS & Hindi Shayari, but is also used for Bangla sorry SMS. Don’t be surprised to hear this word when watching a boy saying sorry to his girlfriend.

    3- भूल (bhuuL)

    • भूल (bhuuL) is a noun. Its literal meaning is “an unintentional mistake.”
    • Often accompanied by a verb, this word is mostly said while admitting a mistake.
    • Because of its simplicity, भूल (bhuuL) is the most favored term for “sorry” in Hindi Shayari and “sorry” in Hindi songs.

    How to Say Sorry in Hindi

    4- ग़लती (gaLaTii)

    • Another noun, ग़लती (gaLaTii) is more commonly used by Indians. It means a “careless mistake,” but may also stand for a “blunder.”
    • Compared to भूल (bhuuL), ग़लती (gaLaTii) is a slightly stricter term.
    • And yet, the word holds a tight place in most of the sorry quotes (Hindi) and Whatsapp “sorry” statuses in Hindi for friends.
    • Boys also opt for it when sending a “sorry” SMS in Hindi for a girlfriend.

    5- शर्मिंदा (sarmiNDaa)

    • This word is actually an adjective. The literal meaning in English is “embarrassed.”
    • When changed into a noun, it’s शर्मिंदगी (sarmiNDagii), or “embarrassment.”
    • It’s another apt word to use when writing a “sorry” SMS in Hindi or other online “sorry” messages in Hindi.
    • All Bollywood fans know that the phrase is frequently used in apology love songs as a sophisticated substitute for “sorry” in Hindi lyrics.

    6- अफ़सोस (afaSoS)

    • A noun, अफ़सोस (afaSoS) is a perfect choice for “hurt and sorry” quotes.
    • Indian folks also use it when trying to say, “I am sorry to say…” in Hindi.
    • You’re supposed to say it when offering condolences or expressing your regrets.
      Actually, it’s a delicate expression that one might come across while reading some of the best “sorry” SMS in Hindi and apologizy quotes in Hindi.

    The following list proves that there’s no single word for “sorry” in Hindi translation. Indian society and its culture are so vivid and versatile that at times the rich Hindi vocabulary may confuse non-native speakers.

    However, a little bit of practice and you’re good to go. HindiPod101 is a grand platform which makes sure that you nail this game of Hindi language.

    Now, we’ll be discussing the various Indian ways to say sorry in different situations and sentence forms.


    3. How to Say Sorry in Hindi

    Say Sorry

    These are some simple phrases and statements that will suffice for all Hindi language beginners.

    1- Formal Situations

    1.) मैं क्षमा चाहता हूँ / चाहती हूँ

    Romanization: main ksamaa caahaTaa huun / caahaTii huun.
    English Translation: “I apologize.”

    In this sentence, मैं (main) means “I,” and क्षमा (ksamaa) is “apology.” चाहता हूँ / चाहती हूँ (caahaTaa hun / caahaTii huun) is “seek / ask for.”

    2.) कृपया मुझे क्षमा कर दें

    Romanization: kripayaa, mujhe ksamaa kar den.
    English Translation: “Please, forgive me.”

    In this sentence, कृपया (kripayaa) is “please,” मुझे (mujhe) means “me,” and क्षमा कर दें (ksamaa kar den) is a verb that means “forgive.”

    3.) मैं क्षमा-प्रार्थी हूँ

    Romanization: main ksamaa-praarTHii huun.
    English Translation: “I seek an apology.”

    Here, मैं (main) means “I,” क्षमा-प्रार्थी (ksamaa-praarTHii) means “a seeker of apology,” and हूँ (hun) is a helping verb for “am.”

    4.) मैं माफ़ी चाहता हूँ / चाहती हूँ

    Romanization: main maafii caahaTaa huun / caahaTii huun.
    English Translation: “I am sorry.”

    In this sentence, मैं (main) means “I,” माफ़ी (maafii) means “apology,” and चाहता हूँ / चाहती हूँ (caahaTaa huun / caahaTii huun) means “seek / ask for.”

    5.) कृपया, मुझे माफ़ कर दीजिये

    Romanization: kripayaa, mujhe maaf kar Diijiye.
    English Translation: “Please, forgive me.”

    Here, कृपया (kripayaa) means “please,” मुझे (mujhe) means “me,” and माफ़ कर दीजिये (maaf kar Diijiye) means “forgive / grant an apology.”

    6.) क्या आप मुझे माफ़ कर देंगे?

    Romanization: kyaa aap mujhe maaf kar denge?
    English Translation: “Would you forgive me?”

    In this sentence, क्या आप (kyaa aap) stands for “would you,” मुझे (mujhe) means “me,” and माफ़ कर देंगे (maaf kar Denge) means “forgive / grant an apology.”


    2- Informal Situations

    To your friends or strangers, you can say sorry in the following ways.

    1.) माफ़ करना

    Romanization: maaf karaNaa.
    English Translation: “Excuse me.”

    2.) मुझे माफ़ कर दो

    Romanization: mujhe maaf kar Do.
    English Translation: “I am sorry.”

    3.) बुरा मत मानो

    Romanization: buraa maT maaNo.
    English Translation: “Please, don’t mind.”

    4.) क्या तुम मुझे माफ़ कर दोगी / दोगे ?

    Romanization: kyaa Tum mujhe maaf kar Dogii / Doge?
    English Translation: “Would you forgive me?”


    4. Admitting a Mistake in a Dignified Manner

    Admitting mistakes is one of the first steps in showing that you’re sorry. If you’re wondering how to say sorry to your gf in Hindi, admitting your mistake will definitely help. And below you’ll find the best ways to do this.

    Admitting Your Mistakes

    1- मुझसे यह ग़लती हो गयी

    Romanization: mujhaSe yah gaLaTii ho gayii.
    English Translation: “I made this mistake.”

    Here, मुझसे (mujhaSe) means “by me,” यह (yah) means “this,” ग़लती (gaLaTii) means “mistake,” and हो गयी (ho gayii) means “was done.”

    2- यह मेरी ही भूल थी

    Romanization: yah merii hii bhuuL THii.
    English Translation: “It was my fault.”

    Here, यह (yah) stands for “it,” मेरी (merii) means “my,” भूल (bhuuL) means “fault,” and थी (THii) means “was.”

    3- मैं आगे से ऐसा नहीं करूँगा / करूँगी

    Romanization: main aage Se aiSaa Nahiin karuungaa / karuungii.
    English Translation: “I will not repeat this in the future.”

    In this sentence, मैं (main) means “I,” आगे से (aage Se) means “in the future,” ऐसा (aiSaa) means “this,” and नहीं करूँगा / करूँगी (Nahiin karuungaa / karuungii) means “won’t do.”

    4- मैं बहुत ज़्यादा शर्मिंदा हूँ

    Romanization: main bahuT zyaaDaa sarmiNDaa huun.
    English Translation: “I am very sorry / embarrassed.”

    मैं (main) stands for “I,” बहुत ज़्यादा (bahuT zyaaDaa) means “really / very,” शर्मिंदा (sarmiNDaa) means “sorry / embarrassed,” and हूँ (huun) means “am.”
    The “I am extremely sorry” meaning in Hindi is also the same.

    5- मेरा व्यवहार ठीक नहीं था

    Romanization: meraa vyavahaar thiik Nahiin THaa.
    English Translation: “My behavior was not right.”

    Here, मेरा (meraa) means “my,” व्यवहार (vyavahaar) means “behavior,” ठीक (thiik) means “right,” नहीं (Nahiin) is “not,” and था (THaa) means “was.”


    5. Expressing Condolences

    Consoling Loved Ones

    1- मुझे वाक़ई अफ़सोस है

    Romanization: mujhe vaaqaii afaSoS hai.
    English Translation: “I am really sorry.”

    Also, the “I am really very sorry,” meaning in Hindi is the same, and this can also be how to say “I’m so sorry” in Hindi.
    Here, मुझे (mujhe) means “I,” वाक़ई (vaaqaii) means “really,” and अफ़सोस है (afaSoS hai) means “feel sorry.”

    2- मुझे दुख है

    Romanization: mujhe Dukh hai.
    Translation: “My apologies.”

    In this phrase, मुझे (mujhe) means “I,” and दुख है (Dukh hai) means “feel sad.”

    3- मुझे खेद है

    Romanization: mujhe kheD hai.
    English Translation: “I am sorry.”

    In this sentence, मुझे (mujhe) means “I,” and खेद है (kheD hai) means “feel sad.”


    6. Responding to an Apology

    Responding to an Apology

    1- कोई बात नहीं

    Romanization: koii baaT nahiin.
    English Translation: “It’s okay” or “Never mind.”

    2- माफ़ी मत मांगो

    Romanization: maafii maT maango.
    English Translation: “Please, don’t apologize.”

    This sentence is also the same as the “Don’t be sorry” meaning in Hindi.

    3- माफ़ी की कोई बात नहीं

    Romanization: maafii kii koii baaT Nahiin.
    English Translation: “No need to apologize.”


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    A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: The Gandhi Jayanti in India

    The Gandhi Jayanti in India

    A precious gem born in the land of India helped the country maintain its freedom from the British through truth, nonviolence, and peace. His name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, otherwise known as Mahatma Gandhi.

    In this article, you’ll learn about how the Indian people celebrate the Gandhi Jayanti, or Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, each year. We’ll also go into some detail about Gandhi’s beliefs and his lasting effect on the Indian people.

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    1. What is the Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti in India?

    Gandhi Jayanti is the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi who is the “Father of the Nation.” This is one of the three official national holidays, and is celebrated in all Indian states and union territories.

    Gandhi was one of the numerous influential Indian leaders during the Indian independence movement from Britain. He initiated the use of non-violence as a political tool and inspired other great leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Aung San Su Kyi, and Benigno Aquino, Jr. He was a very conscious figure in both India and the West, and his legacy still propels us today.

    2. When is Gandhi Jayanti?

    Mahatma Gandhi

    The Gandhi Jayanti holiday in India takes place on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday each year, which is October 2.

    3. How is Gandhi Jayanti Celebrated in India?

    Dhoti

    As of 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared that India would celebrate the Gandhi Jayanti as the International Day of Nonviolence. On Gandhi Jayanti, liquor is neither sold nor consumed in India in honor of Gandhi ji, who was an icon of truth and Ahinsa (non-violence).

    Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated through various events. India’s president, prime minister, and other ministers visit Samadhi, Rajghat to pay homage to him and sing patriotic songs. In schools, children are shown the ideas, values, views, and contributions of Gandhi, and taught how to use them in their lives.

    The picture of Gandhi-ji is placed in every police station, government office, school, court, and corporate company, to show people to follow on the path of non-violence, love, and truth.

    4. More Interesting Facts About Gandhi

    Gandhi always opposed foreign materials and emphasized on vernacular things. He exhorted the people to use charkha (spinning wheels) and to wear the khadi clothes, and keeping the poverty in mind, he promoted small-scale industries.

    Gandji-ji respected all religions and the statement Hindu Muslim Sikh Isai, aapas mein hain bhai bhai (Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, or Christian, we are all brothers) was given to all the Indians of the country.

    His famous dictum is Ishwar Allah tere naam! Sabko sanmati de bhagwan! (Ishwar and Allah are both Your names! Please give everyone good sense!).

    5. Essential Vocabulary for Gandhi Jayanti

    Silhouette of Man Holding Flag

    Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for the Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti!

    • गाँधी जयंती (gaanDHii jayaNTii) — Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
    • अस्पृश्यता (ashparshta) — untouchability
    • सत्य (saTya) — truth
    • भारत छोड़ो (bhaaraT chhodo) — quit India
    • विभाजन (vibhaajan) — partition
    • अहिंसा (ahinsa) — non-violence
    • आज़ादी (aazaaDii) — independence
    • स्वतंत्रता-सेनानी (svaTanTraTa senaani) — freedom fighter
    • आज़ादी (aazadi) — freedom
    • धोती (dhoTii) — dhoti
    • चरखा (charkhaa) — charkha
    • बंदी (banDii) — imprisoned

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    Hindu Holidays: Celebrating the Onam Festival in India

    Onam Festival in India

    The Onam Festival is a ten-day-long celebration in Kerala that welcomes the return of its previous king Mahabali. Tradition holds that Mahabali was both generous and kind, and today, he visits his former kingdom each year during Onam.

    This is one of India’s grandest festivals, with many unique traditions that reflect the culture and history of this country.

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    1. What is Onam?

    Onam is a popular and essential festival for the people of Kerala.

    According to the holiday’s legend, the kind and generous former king of Kerala, named Mahabali, visits his people during this massive festival each year. Mahabali is known for giving up all of his kingdoms to Lord Vishu, who visited him in the form of a dwarf named Vaman, and he, himself went to the underworld.

    Thus, the people of Kerala seek to celebrate the visitation of such a wonderful and generous king.

    2. When is Onam?

    10-Day Holiday

    Kerala celebrates the Onam Festival during the first month of the Malayalam calendar. As such, the date of Onam varies each year on the Gregorian calendar. For your convenience, we’ve composed a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years.

    • 2019: September 11
    • 2020: August 31
    • 2021: August 21
    • 2022: September 8
    • 2023: August 29
    • 2024: September 15
    • 2025: September 5
    • 2026: August 26
    • 2027: September 12
    • 2028: September 1

    3. Onam Celebrations & Traditions

    People Eating a Big Lunch

    This festival is celebrated for ten days, and the tenth day is called Thiruonam, which is very important.

    During this festival, people bring colorful flowers from gardens and market places, and decorate the courtyard of their houses. Women make beautiful flower designs (rangoli) in the courtyard and decorate with lamps.

    The special feature of this flower design is that it’s round in shape, and for each of the ten days of the Onam festival, another round circle of flowers is added. These flower designs are called Pukkolam

    Women perform a special dance called Keikottikkali around this circle of flowers, while singing melodius, rhythmic songs.

    The most enchanting event of this festival? Most certainly the Snake Boat Race called called Vallamkali or “water race.”

    These boats are shaped like a snake and are rowed by about forty to one hundred paddlers. Like the dancers, the boatmen sing rhythmic songs, and paddle to the rhythms. This event gains much enthusiasm and excitement from the audience!

    4. Onam Sadya & Payasam

    Now for everyone’s favorite topic: traditional food!

    On Onam, as well as many other important holidays and events in India, people eat something called sadya. Essentially, this is a vegetarian meal that consists of multiple dishes, which is plated on a banana leaf. People eat sadya with their right hand, while sitting on mats.

    Payasam (also called Kheer), is a special rice pudding. Typically, it’s made with boiled milk, sugar, and some type of grain; its flavor is then enhanced dried fruit or nuts.

    5. Vocabulary You Should Know for Onam

    Flower Floor Decoration

    Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Onam in India!

    • ओणम (oNam) — Onam
    • दस दिन तक चलना (Das Din Tak chalna) — Last for ten days
    • पूकलम (Pookalam) — Flower floor decoration
    • नौका दौड़ (nauka daud) — Boat Race
    • दावत (DaavaT) — Banquet lunch
    • घर वापसी (ghar vaapassi) — Homecoming
    • पायसम (paayasam) — Payasam
    • नए कपड़े (naye kapde) — New clothes
    • महान सम्राट (mahaan samraat) — Great king
    • सम्राट महाबली (samraat bahaabali) — Emperor Mahabali

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    Body Language and Popular Gestures’ Meaning in Hindi

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    The art of body language is a powerful tool for decoding someone’s state of mind. In fact, gestures form a whopping 55% of total communication made by a person. Undeniably, it’s the most important type of nonverbal communication among human beings, which makes it important to learn gestures’ meaning in Hindi, as well as those in other languages and cultures.

    Every country in the world has its own typical set of body language. In fact, a certain gesture in one country may give off a completely different meaning in another country. That’s what makes the whole genre of nonverbal communication so unique. In this article, we’ll be going over Hindi body language tips and more, because gestures when speaking in Hindi are of great importance. Start with a bonus, and download your FREE cheat sheet - How to Improve Your Hindi Skills! (Logged-In Member Only)

    Table of Contents

    1. Importance of Indian Gestures: An Overview
    2. Understanding Indian Culture
    3. Common Gestures in Indian Society
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    1. Importance of Indian Gestures: An Overview

    Talking about gestures, Indian culture has a very diverse and rich history. Indians are quite emotional and expressive. That’s why body language in India comprises of many hand gestures and head nodding during a conversation.

    The literal Hindi meaning of “gesture” is ‘हाव-भाव’ (haav-bhaav), whereas “body language,” meaning in Hindi is ‘शारीरिक हाव-भाव’ (saariirik haav-bhaav). Having trouble pronouncing these words? Start with our free lesson on basic Hindi pronunciation tips.

    With different Hindi gestures, people also express their sense of basic emotions, such as respect, joy, wonder, sadness, or disappointment. Relying on various gestures in India for emotional expression is so much a part of our culture that we do it all the time without even noticing it. For example, in India, body language is a great way to find out whether someone is really into the conversation or not. The fact may surprise you, but in India, gestures and greetings are mostly followed by a variety of typical Hindi words.

    And now that you’ve learned gestures’ meaning in Hindi, we invite you to visit our HindiPod101.com blog to learn more about Indian culture and diversity.

    You can also check out a number of body language books in Hindi to get a glimpse into Indian non-verbal communication.


    2. Understanding Indian Culture

    Before we delve into the subject of body language in Hindi, here are some unspoken yet common etiquette rules to keep in mind when meeting with the native people socially:

    Using Right Hand While Cooking and Eating

    • Hugging and Touching: As traditional values still hold a high place in Indian society, hugging and touching between opposite genders in public isn’t taken very well.
    • Shoes and Footwear: You might also see people taking off their shoes before entering houses or the kitchen area.
      Wearing footwear to any religious place is strictly a no-no. Whether you’re visiting a temple, mosque, or gurudwara, remember to take off your shoes before entering.
    • Eating Meals: It sounds like too much, but when visiting the country, eat your meals with your right hand. Using the left hand for meals is frowned upon, without exception.
      Wondering about Indian food already? Check out the lip-smacking delicacies from Indian Cuisine.
    • Clothing: Lastly, people are also sensitive about what you wear and how you dress. However, this may not be the case when you’re in certain metropolitan cities.
      But in small towns and streets, you’ll be more comfortable in an attire that properly covers your body and is not very revealing.

    As you can see, there are some specifics you should understand about gesture meanings in Hindi. Read more on the Do’s & Don’ts in Indian society to make your stay easier and more culturally appropriate.


    3. Common Gestures in Indian Society

    Indian hand gestures

    In India, gestures reflect the state of mind. The moment you take your first step in this country, be ready to get pampered with lots of warmth and personal attention. Indian people leave no stone unturned when it comes to welcoming their guests.

    While Indians expect their local gestures and phrases to be nothing less than a mind-wrenching riddle for a person who’s from a totally different part of the world, wouldn’t it be great to win their hearts with just a little bit of homework on your part?

    And what better way to impress them than by showing your love with an Indian greeting gesture?

    We’ll also teach you about some funny Indian gestures and what qualifies as rude hand gestures in India. Most gestures are okay to use in public as they show your positive involvement and respect. There are many body gesture meanings in Hindi, so we’ll do our best to cover these.

    However, it’s better to avoid some forms of body language that may offend the other person. Even the native people stay clear of them.

    So, let’s decode the most popular gestures and rules in the art of body language that India practices in its everyday life. Here are the most common body language gestures in Hindi!

    1- Positive Gestures

    Positive gestures are exchanged for sharing joy, positive vibes, and respect. All the positive gestures described below are completely okay to use in a public place.

    1.) Joining Hands for Namaste

    Namaste or Namaskar

    The first gesture we’re going to talk about is how to greet in Hindi. It’s also one of the most common hand gestures in Hindi.

    • It’s called नमस्ते (NamaSTe) or नमस्कार (NamaSkaar).
    • Whenever you meet an elder person or someone of the opposite gender, this is the perfect way to greet them.
    • While saying नमस्ते (NamaSTe), join the palms of your hands, in such a way that they’re placed near your chest, then slightly bow your head with a gentle smile on your face.
    Quick Tip

    This gesture isn’t required when you’re meeting someone of your own age and gender. You can use a quick “hello” for them, as well as for kids.

    Also keep in mind that in Hindu religion, the same hand gesture is used while praying to God.

    2.) Touching the Feet of Elders

    Elderly people who are either close relatives, or parents/grandparents of your friends and spouse, are usually addressed by touching their feet.

    • It’s a symbol of your deep respect toward them, and is yet another way to express your gratitude for older people, where a simple नमस्ते (NamaSTe) wouldn’t suffice.
    • The same gesture is also used to ask for their blessings.
    • When meeting aged folks, stand at a comfortable distance.
    • Slowly bend your upper body and touch their feet. While doing so, you should say प्रणाम (pranaam).
    Quick Tip

    The ideal way to do this is by using both hands. However, people aren’t that particular about it nowadays and this gesture can be seen using just one hand as well.

    But one thing’s for sure: touching the feet is a sure shot way to melt their hearts!

    3.) Blessing the Young Ones by Placing Your Palm on Their Head

    Naturally, this comes as an immediate response to the gesture described above.

    • The elders are supposed to lovingly touch the young ones by placing their palm on their head. By placing their palm, they intend to bless you with positive vibes as well as wish you joy.
    • Usually, elderly people can be heard saying, जीते रहो (jiiTe raho) to males and जीती रहो (jiiTii raho) to females. The phrase means “have a long and satisfying life.”
    Quick Tip

    If someone younger is touching your feet, you should respond by doing this gesture.

    In case you’re the one who’s touching the feet, wait for a second to allow them enough time so that they can bless you.

    4.) Hugging

    Hugging Gesture

    The hugging gesture is practiced by Indians as a tender display of affection. This is one of the most affectionate body language signs in Hindi.

    • People hug their friends and cousins, those in the same age group, and those of the same gender.
    • The elders shower their love by hugging their kids and grandchildren.
    • Festivals like Holi and Eid are especially celebrated by hugging each other.
    Quick Tip

    While hugging, you can casually say, कैसे हो (kaiSe ho) to men and कैसी हो (kaiSii ho) to women.

    Irrespective of the occasion and Indian traditions, we suggest that you don’t share a hug with the opposite sex.

    5.) Saying “Wow” Using One Hand

    The Gesture for “Superb” or “Wow”

    In Hindi, hand gestures translate to हाथ के इशारे (haaTH ke isaare).

    • The one we’re talking about now is a hand gesture that says “Wow!” or “Superb.”
    • Hindi translations for these words are वाह! (vaah!) or ज़बरदस्त (zabaraDaST).
    • The gesture is made by touching the tips of the index finger and the thumb so that it forms a circle.
    Quick Tip

    It’s a casual sign which serves the purpose of complimenting someone out of affection, and is usually exchanged between friends and couples.

    The “Wow” sign is also used for praising someone’s picture on social media.

    6.) Thumbs-Up

    The Thumbs-Up Sign

    • This is a cool sign that confirms an approval, such as “We’re all set!” It’s also used to wish luck.
    • It’s shared between classmates, often before exams, any competition, or a performance, in order to drive away nervousness.
    • In short, with a “Thumbs-Up” sign, you’re saying “It’s going to be great!”
    • The Hindi translation for the phrase is सब बढ़िया होगा (Sab badhiyaa hogaa).

    7.) Subtle Nodding Along

    Nodding Along When Listening to Others

    • This is a non-verbal communication that’s really effective. It’s a delicate way of assuring the speaker that you’re listening intently.
    • Nodding the head also stands as a symbol of your warmth and empathy toward the other person. You should also maintain eye contact (but not too much!) to establish trust. Eye contact meaning in Hindi can vary, but in this case it will be much appreciated.
    • In such situations, you could always use Hindi phrases like, सही बात है (Sahii baaT hai) to say “That’s right” or expressions such as “Hmm” (हम्म [hmm]).
    Quick Tip

    This gesture is more powerful when it comes naturally to you. Indians are emotionally sensitive and thus their judgement depends quite a lot on nonverbal gestures.

    If you have a rather cold or stern body language, they might interpret it as disinterest in the conversation. It’s good to keep warm facial expressions in Hindi conversation.

    8.) Joining Palms Sideways When Prasad is Given

    Joining Palms Sideways

    Joining palms is a hand gesture that’s displayed in particular situations only.

    • With open palms facing upward, join them sideways.
    • The palms should be gently curved so that anything offered doesn’t fall out of your hands.
    • Your head should be slightly tilted forward.
    Quick Tip

    This gesture is a common sight in temples and places of worship. People use this hand gesture while accepting sacred offerings (usually something sweet) after the worshipping is over.

    The sacred offering is known as प्रसाद (praSaaD).

    It’s not advised to perform the gesture during normal meals.

    2- Negative Gestures

    Negative gestures are used in extreme conditions, but they’re better to stay away from in a public place.

    1.) Showing the Slap Gesture

    • The slap gesture is given with a tilted but straight and open palm.
    • In India, parents often use this gesture to warn their mischievous kids, and adults use the slap gesture to threaten each other during a serious verbal fight.
    • It’s more common to come up between two strangers as opposed to family members, as the gesture is too harsh to be practiced by adults within the family.
    • It’s better to avoid using it at all costs.

    2.) Little Finger for Taking a Pee

    Showing the Little Finger to Take a Pee

    • Though not specifically Indian, raising a little finger means you urgently need to take a leak.
    • Kids are most likely to use this with their parents to avoid embarrassment, especially in a public place or in front of guests, though adults also use it in their friend circle.
    • Men use this gesture more than women.
    • However, this gesture isn’t considered very polite. So skip it in the office or in front of your female friends.

    3.) Side-to-Side Head Shaking for a “No”

    Saying “No” with a Head Shake

    • Indians aren’t offended by a “No.” Still, they could do with a slightly softer tone.
    • Body language that involves clear hand movements and side-to-side head nodding is considered quite harsh.
    • If possible, don’t be too direct in disagreeing with or rejecting an offer. Instead, go for gentler words that indicate your negation in a respectful way.
    • Indians can quickly catch your “no” even when that word hasn’t even been uttered.

    4.) Hands on Waist When Talking to Elders

    Hands on Waist

    Another posture that’s better to stay clear of is the “hands on waist” gesture.

    • In plain words, it’s only offensive during an argument with your elders. In other cases, it’s quite a normal gesture.
    • To be honest, a lot depends on the nature of the conversation. For instance, when talking to a friend or colleague about a neutral or pleasant topic, putting your hands on your waist indicates a sense of jolliness and frankness. It also shows that you’re enjoying the talk.


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    Slay the Chats with the Most Popular Hindi Texting Slang!

    English slang words like LOL (laughing out loud), WTF (what the f**k), BRB (be right back), or NVM (nevermind) are quite popular in online chatting. And yet many of these can leave folks scratching their heads.

    If you’re new to the realm of online texting, you may not know things such as IKR meaning or DSL meaning in slang language. The abbreviation IKR means, “I know, right.” What does DSL stand for? Well, it means, “Don’t stay long.”

    Popular Texting Slang

    Just like every other country, the land of India also has its own list of popular local slang. As a beginner in the Hindi language, you may want to start with learning slang language meanings in Hindi. This way, you can really get the most out of your time on Hindi social media!

    So, let’s start the journey of Hindi learning. Talking about the slang language, in Hindi, it’s basically referred to as कठबोली (kathaboLii) or बोलचाल की आम भाषा (boLacaaL kii aam bhaasaa).

    Now that you know a little about some of the hottest phrases, we’ll be talking about various other Hindi text abbreviations and Hindi slang phrases in detail, and hopefully answering some of your questions, such as “What does STP mean in Hindi?”

    Let’s get started on your journey to learning all the Hindi internet slangs you’ll need!

    Table of Contents

    1. Why is Slang Important?
    2. Slang in India
    3. Lesser-used Hindi Texting Slangs
    4. Hot and Popular Hindi Slangs
    5. Famous English Slang and their Hindi Meanings
    6. Bring Swag to Your Hindi Chats with HindiPod101

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    1. Why is Slang Important?

    Have you ever wandered around and enjoyed different street foods? It’s addictive, right! There’s a tinge of spices and flavors, and a fun element that goes missing even in the fine expensive restaurants.

    So it is with slang.

    • Slang has a familiar essence which connects two hearts at a whole new level of friendship.
    • It’s not merely about speaking in an informal way. Slangs remind us of our shared cultural roots.
    • You express more with fewer words. All you need to do is learn them by heart.
    • These words are like fun codes between friends.
    • Given that online texting has become such a popular means of conversation, slang does save us a lot of time.
    • If you don’t know the local slangs, half of the fun is gone already!

    We’ve already told you what IKR is in texting. But do you also know what TK means in texting? Well, depending on the conversation, it may mean anything: “to come,” “tickling,” “throwing knife,” and the list goes on.

    As you can probably see, Hindi text language may be a difficult world to navigate, but it’s well worth it in the end!


    2. Slang in India

    The real internet slang meaning in Hindi is इंटरनेट पर बतियाने की भाषा या आम भाषा (iNtaraNet par baTiyaaNe kii bhaasaa yaa aam bhaasaa). Now, keep in mind that India is a land of many states, each with its own languages and dialects.

    Despite this, social media and global connectivity have brought everyone together from various cultural backgrounds. Thus, it only makes sense to realize that Hindi is not untouched by its sister languages.

    The resultant collection of Hindi slang words used online is mostly a seamless cultural blend of the entire homeland. Thanks to Bollywood and the internet, Hindi slang is not confined only to Hindi words anymore.

    As the younger generation is very into text messaging and informal talks, the mixed slangs have become more popular than ever. For instance, Marathi/Mumbaiya words from the state of Maharashtra and the dialect of Delhi make up a huge part of Hindi slang.

    Internet Slang in India

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    HindiPod101 will give you a sneak peek into the 100 most commonly used Hindi words, which could ultimately help you learn these Hindi acronyms and abbreviations. If you’re a beginner, here’s another tip: The pronunciation for Hindi words is done verbatim. That means we speak exactly as we write in Hindi.

    And now, we’ll begin with some of the lesser-used texting slangs and text message abbreviations in Hindi.


    3. Lesser-used Hindi Texting Slangs

    Here are a few Hindi messaging slang and Hindi chat acronyms that are lesser-known in the texting world and can be used to flaunt your chatting swag among friends:

    • Biz: Biz stands for “business” or any current activity that someone’s engaged in. What does Biz translate to in Hindi? चक्कर / मामला (cakkar / maamaLaa).
    • WSH: This is an acronym that stands for “Weird Shit Happens.” For the English slang WSH, the Hindi meaning is लंका लग गयी (Lankaa Lag gayii).
    • TFQ/TFK: Both of these are the shortened/abbreviated version of the standard WTF (What the Fuck). The abbreviations use two syllables whereas the acronym has three syllables. Wondering about TFQ meaning in Hindi or what TFK means in Hindi? Well, both of them translate to क्या बकवास है (kyaa bakavaaS hai).
    • Slang Used When Angry

    • ToF: ToF is a common expression used for saying, “Tons of Fun.” What does ToF mean in Hindi? You can safely use the term मौज-मस्ती (mauj-maSTii) for it.
    • CT: If you’ve been wondering what CT means in texting, here’s the answer. CT can stand for a variety of terms, with these being the most common: “Cute,” “Can’t talk,” “Come together,” and “Coffee time.”
    • OKLM: This isn’t a proper English acronym, but a French phonetic word for Au calme. In English, the OKLM meaning is “Being quiet” and in Hindi, it translates to शांत / चुप (SaanT/ cup).
    • SVP: Another French phrase, s’il vous plait (SVP) means “If you please.” For SVP, the Hindi abbreviation is कृपया कर के (kripayaaa kar ke).
    • PTDR: PTDR stands for pété de rire. It’s yet another French term, and is equivalent to the acronym LOL. But what does PTDR mean in Hindi? It translates to हँसी से लोट-पोट हो जाना (hanSii se Lot-pot ho jaaNaa).
    • SMH: The text abbreviation SMH stands for “shaking/scratching my head.” In Hindi, folks would say it something like, सिर खुजाना (Sir khujaaNaa).


    4. Hot and Popular Hindi Slangs

    There are several Hindi slang lists that you may find useful, depending on the mood and situation. A couple of examples include Hindi slang shayari and Hindi slang songs. We’ve shared some of the Hindi online slang categories below—some of these can even be used in daily speech!

    Note: Make sure you’re practicing the right verb forms in Hindi while texting these phrases.

    1- Slang for Praising

    • क्या बात है! (kyaa baaT hai!)

    • This slang term in Hindi essentially means “Wow,” “Amazing,” or “Awesome.”
    • Usually, Indians use this expression when they see a great Facebook post or really like a picture you posted.
    • However, the phrase isn’t limited to online chats. It’s also fairly common in face-to-face conversations.
    • Example: क्या बात है! सुंदर तस्वीर! (kyaa baaT hai! SunDar TaSveer!)
      Translation: “Wow! Beautiful picture!”

    Some other slangs with similar meanings are listed below. You can simply replace क्या बात है! with any of these in Hindi text/speak in daily life.

    • अरे वाह! (are vaah!)
    • मस्त (maST)
    • धाँसू (dhaanSuu)
    • ज़बरदस्त (zabaraDaST)
    • झकास (jhakaaS)

    2- Slang for Disappointing Situations

    • अरे यार! (are yaar!)

    • Meaning: “Oh, man!”
    • The appropriate English phrase for this disappointed mood would be “Oh, man!”
    • It’s used to express how you feel during unexpected situations: disappointment, a sense of bad luck, regret, or boredom.
    • Both men and women use this phrase frequently.
    • Example: अरे यार! मेरी बस छूट गयी (are yaar! merii baS chuut gayii)
      Translation: “Oh, man! I missed my bus.”

    Some other slang words/phrases with similar meaning are:

    • दिमाग़ की दही (Dimaaġ kii Dahii)

      Meaning: To bother/irritate/trouble/confuse/frustrate.
      Example: उसने अपनी बकबक से मेरे दिमाग़ की दही कर दी (uSaNe apaNi bakabak Se mere Dimaag kii Dahii kar Dii)
      Translation: “He irritated me with his incessant talking.”

    • झंड करना (jhand karaNaa)

      Meaning: To ruin a plan.
      Example: तुम ने सारा प्लान झंड कर दिया (Tum Ne Saaraa pLaaN jhand kar diyaa)
      Translation: “You ruined the whole plan.”

    • बवाल मचाना (bavaaL macaaNaa)

      Meaning: Making a scene.
      Example: अधिकारी ने वहां बड़ा बवाल मचाया (aDHikaarii Ne vahaan badaa bavaaL macaayaa)
      Translation: “The officer made a big scene there.”

    • गोली देना (goLii DeNaa)

      Meaning: To deceive/to make a fool/to let down.
      Example: कल मेरे दोस्त ने मुझे गोली दे दी (kaL mere DoST ne mujhe goLii De Dii)
      Translation: “Yesterday, my friend stood me up.”

    • पकाऊ (pakaauu)

      Meaning: Boring.
      Example: मूवी बहुत पकाऊ थी (muuvii bahuT pakaauu THii)
      Translation: “The movie was quite boring.”

    Slang Used When Bored

    3- Slang Based on Personality

    We come across all types of people and have a slang for each of their peculiar characteristics. You’ll easily find them in several Hindi slang quotes as well.

    • नौटंकी (Nautankii)

    • Meaning: Drama Queen/Drama King.
    • This term is a perfect Hindi substitute for “Drama Queen/Drama King.”
    • This slang is used for any person who throws a lot of tantrums and shows off.
    • It’s a gender-neutral word/slang.
    • We’ve used it as an adjective here but it can also be used as a verb in other sentences.
    • Example: रिया पूरी नौटंकी है (riyaa puurii Nautankii hai)
      Translation: “Riya is a complete drama queen.”

    Some other slang words with similar meanings are:

    • शाणा (saanaa)

    • Meaning: Over-smart/Smart-ass.
    • Example: बहुत शाणा बनने की कोशिश मत करो (bahuT saanaa baNaNe kii kosis maT karo)
      Translation: “Don’t try to be a smart-ass.”

    Trying to be a Smart-ass

    • ढक्कन (DHakkaN)

    • Meaning: Dumbass
    • Example: तुम बिल्कुल ढक्कन हो क्या? (Tum biLkuL DHakkaN ho kyaa?)
      Translation: “Are you a total dumbass?”
    • गधा (gaDHaa)

    • Same as ढक्कन (DHakkaN).

    4- Slang Related to Arguments

    These are the slangs mainly used in situations of conflict and in arguments.

    • फ़र्ज़ी बात (farzii baaT)

    • Meaning: Bullshit.
    • The appropriate English phrase for this slang would be “Bullshit,” or “Load of crap.”
    • It’s used to argue with someone who’s just bluffing and boasting in order to fool you.
    • Both men and women use this phrase frequently.
    • Example: प्लीज़, तुम फ़र्ज़ी बात मत करो (pLiiz, Tum farzii baaT maT karo)
      Translation: “Please, don’t give me this bullshit.”
    • बकवास (bakavaaS)

    • Meaning: Nonsense/Crap.
    • Example: मुझे ये बकवास पसंद नहीं (mujhe ye bakavaaS paSaND Nahiin)
      Translation: “I don’t like this nonsense.”
    • मच-मच करना (mac-mac karaNaa)

    • Meaning: To keep arguing.
    • Example: दुकानदार मच-मच करता जा रहा था (DukaaNaDaar mac-mac karaTaa jaa rahaa THaa)
      Translation: “The shopkeeper kept arguing.”
    • Slang Used While Arguing

    • जुगाड़ (jugaad)

    • Meaning: Hack/Fix/Tricky Solution.
    • Example: हमें इस मुश्किल का जुगाड़ निकालना पड़ेगा (hamen iS muskiL kaa jugaad NikaaLaNaa padegaa)
      Translation: “We will have to find a hack for this problem.”
    • लोचा (Locaa)

    • Meaning: Trouble/Hitch/Something Wrong.
    • Example: एक लोचा हो गया है (ek Locaa ho gayaa hai)
      Translation: “Something went wrong.”
    • वाट लगना (vaat lagaNaa)

    • Meaning: To be in a problem/trouble/mess.
    • Example: मेरी टीचर की वाट लग गयी (merii tiicar kii vaat lag gayii)
      Translation: “My teacher is in trouble.”

    5- Other Slangs

    • We have a few common Hindi slang words for girls but using them is considered quite offensive. People look down on their usage, so it’s better to avoid them. However, you can surely take a look at some of these words and use them among your close friends.

      These are the following:

      • कुड़ी (kudii) [Meaning: A young girl]
      • पटाखा (pataakhaa) [Meaning: An attractive female]
      • छोरी (chorii) [Meaning: Girl]


    5. Famous English Slang and their Hindi Meanings

    Indians use a lot of English colloquialisms in chats and online texting. Understanding these slangs and their Hindi meanings will expand your knowledge of Hindi text language. Wherever it’s possible, you’ll also find out the common Hindi version of the English slang!

    • LOL

    • LOL tops the Hindi slang dictionary.
    • In English, it means “Laughing Out Loud.” But what is the Hindi equivalent of LOL?
    • LOL in Hindi means हँसी से लोट-पोट हो जाना (hanSii se Lot-pot ho jaaNaa).
    • While chatting with any Hindi speaker, you can use this Hindi expression.
    • SUP

    • A Hindi texting translator may not catch every slang.
    • For instance, we all know that SUP is used for “What’s Up” but there’s no correct automated Hindi translation for it.
    • In India, the Hindi slang for it is, क्या हाल-चाल (kyaa haaL-caaL)
    • TQ

    • To congratulate someone, we often depend on the slang TQ.
    • In formal language, it’s an expression for “Thank you.”
    • Whereas in Hindi, we say शुक्रिया /धन्यवाद (sukriyaa / DHaNyavaaD).
    • CC

    • The slang CC is quite common on Facebook.
    • Basically, it stands for “Cute Couple.”
    • CC in Hindi texting can be replaced with प्यारी जोड़ी (pyaarii jodii).
    • How to Call Someone Cute in Hindi

    • BRB

    • Another popular phrase used in texts is BRB.
    • The literal translation for it is “Be Right Back.”
    • However, if you translate BRB in Hindi, it’s written as अभी आता हूँ / आती हूँ (abhii aaTaa huun / aaTii huun).
    • Some Other Slangs:

    • NP (No Problem)
      Hindi Translation: कोई बात नहीं (koii baaT Nahiin)
    • IDK (I Don’t Know)
      Hindi Translation: पता नहीं (paTaa Nahiin)
    • OMG (Oh My God)
      Hindi Translation: हे भगवान (he bhagavaaN)
    • NVM (Never Mind)
      Hindi Translation: कोई नहीं (koii Nahiin)
    • TC (Take Care)
      Hindi Translation: ख़याल रखो (khayaaL rakho)

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    14 Unique Phrases & Hindi Words with No English Equivalent

    Every language has a flavor of its own and it comes from the colloquial expressions that the native speakers of that language use. For instance, while telling a joke, snapping at someone out of anger, or during a witty banter among friends.

    The words, phrases, and way of putting things used in such informal conversations among locals don’t lend themselves to translation. You won’t find a word that does the same job in another language.

    This is why, in your efforts to learn Hindi, you’ll often stumble upon quite a few Hindi words with no English equivalent. The elements of humor, sadness, or disappointment are reflected best through the use of native expressions only. These may include popular Hindi idioms, common phrases, or regional slang.

    That said, let’s look further at why these untranslatable words in learning Hindi are so important.

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    1. Why the Intactness of Some Local Phrases is Important!
    2. Commonly Used Irreplaceable Phrases in Hindi
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    1. Why the Intactness of Some Local Phrases is Important!

    • The sheer beauty of these expressions lies in the fact that they cannot be exactly deduced into English. Imposing a conversion would most likely distort their essence.
    • To keep that native soul intact, it’s important to learn how to use them in their original forms rather than trying to use them any other way. Here’s a list of English words with Hindi-Urdu origin to show how terms from a source language transfuse into the target language.
    • These beautiful untranslatable Hindi words brew life into our Hindi language and give you an opportunity to talk and sound like a local. Learning them will add fluency to your Hindi and bring you closer to the Indian culture.

    Native Expressions to Greet Each Other

    • Locals prefer to use the colloquial words they’ve grown up with. In a way, these local expressions are more than just words to the common folks.
    • You may find most of the Hindi-Urdu words intricate to the ears, while some of these happen to sound a little coarse. But in the end, these phrases leave an unforgettable impression on people.
    • At times, the untranslatable words (Hindi) are so accurately apt, funny, and beautiful that even non-natives fall in love with them. Often, to be able to feel a language in its truest spirit, suffusing in the colloquialisms is necessary.

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    2. Commonly Used Irreplaceable Phrases in Hindi

    This section covers a list of untranslatable Hindi words. You’ll find here a couple of untranslatable Hindi idioms and other Hindi words with no English translation.

    1- जिगर का टुकड़ा (jigar kaa tukadaa)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “A piece of the liver.”

    2. Meaning

    • The most precious person.

    3. Example Situation

    • If you’re the sweetest person in the life of your partner or parents, you’re their jigar kaa tukadaa.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • मेरी बेटी मेरा जिगर का टुकड़ा है।
    • (merii betii meraa jigar ka tukadaa hai.)
    • My daughter is my jigar kaa tukadaa.

    5. Additional Notes

    • This is a phrase used to call loved ones out of affection. It’s mostly used by parents for their children.

    2- बिंदी (biNDii)

    The Red-Colored Bindi Worn by a Woman

    1. Literal Translation

    • “A dot.”

    2. Meaning

    • Colored dot Hindu women wear on their foreheads.

    3. Example Situation

    • You can see Hindu women wearing biNDii’ (the colored dot) in everyday life, at weddings, at temple rituals, etc. They come in almost every color.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • हिंदू औरतें शादी के बाद बिंदी लगाती हैं।
    • (hiNDuu auraTen saaDii ke baaD biNDii LagaaTii hain.)
    • Hindu women wear biNDii after their marriage.

    5. Additional Notes

    • In the exquisite Indian culture, it’s a religious ornamental, colored dot, specifically worn by Hindu and Jain women.

    3- उल्लू का पट्ठा (uLLuu kaa patthaa)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Young one of an owl.”

    2. Meaning

    • A fool/idiot.

    3. Example Situation

    • It’s a slang used to call a person who always does something foolish or who deserves scolding.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • रोहन को कोई काम ठीक से नहीं आता। वह एकदम उल्लू का पट्ठा है।
    • (rohaN ko koii kaam thiik se nahiin aaTaa. vah ekaDam uLLuu kaa patthaa hai.)
    • Rohan can’t do anything properly. He is a damn uLLuu kaa patthaa.

    5. Additional Notes

    • This is a kind of slang people use when they’re frustrated with someone’s stupidity. Although it qualifies as one of the funny untranslatable Hindi words, you’re not supposed to say it in front of that person.

    4- दाना-पानी (DaaNaa-paaNii)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Grain and water.”

    2. Meaning

    • Earning to compensate for basic amenities or survival.

    3. Example Situation

    • It’s another local phrase for the source of fulfilling basic necessities of life such as rations, etc.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • ज़्यादा झगड़ा करोगे तो तुम्हारा दाना-पानी बंद हो जाएगा।
    • (zyaaDaa jhagadaa karoge To Tumhaaraa DaaNaa-paaNii baND ho jaayegaa.)
    • If you keep quarreling like this, you will lose your DaaNaa-paaNii.

    5. Additional Notes

    • This phrase falls in the category of Hindi untranslatable words school of life that points toward the fight for survival amongst the poor and lower middle-class of the Indian society. However, with blurring economic disparities, nowadays it’s used by the upper-class as well.

    5- दिन रात एक करना (DiN raaT ek karaNaa)

    A Hard-Working Person

    1. Literal Translation

    • “To make day and night into one.”

    2. Meaning

    • To work very hard.

    3. Example Situation

    • When a person is working so hard that he/she loses track of time while achieving a goal.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • कठिन परीक्षा पास करने के लिए दिन रात एक करना पड़ता है।
    • (kathiN pariiksaa paaS karaNe ke Liye DiN raaT ek karaNaa padaTaa hai.)
    • In order to pass a tough exam, what you need to do is DiN raaT ek karaNaa.

    6- लंगर (LaNgar)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Community kitchen.”

    2. Meaning

    • Free meal prepared for the masses by Sikhs. Anyone is welcome to join it.

    3. Example Situation

    • If you happen to visit a Gurudwara (a religious place of Sikhs), you can see a large group sitting in rows and being served a fresh hot meal for free. It’s called LaNgar. LaNgar can also be organized outside the Gurudwara.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • स्वर्ण मंदिर में रोज़ लंगर खिलाया जाता है।
    • (Svarn maNDir me roz LaNgar khiLaayaa jaaTaa hai.)
    • The Golden Temple serves LaNgar every day.

    5. Additional Notes

    • Other untranslatable Hindi terms with a similar meaning are भंडारा (bhaNdaaraa), पंगत (paNgaT), and भोज (bhoj).

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    7- माई-बाप (maaii-baap)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Mother-father.”

    2. Meaning

    • A person on whom your livelihood depends.

    3. Example Situation

    • When your source of income and life is completely in somebody else’s hand, that person is like your maaii-baap.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • इस दुकान के मालिक ही अब मेरे माई-बाप हैं।
    • (iS DukaaN ke maaLik hii ab mere maaii-baap hain.)
    • The owner of this shop is like maaii-baap to me now.

    8- तमाशा (Tamaasaa)

    To Make a Fuss about Little Things

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Drama/Play.”

    2. Meaning

    • To create a scene.

    3. Example Situation

    • Small issues are a part of our everyday life. Instead of ignoring them, some people make a Tamaasaa (huge scene) out of it.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • छोटी-सी बात का तमाशा मत बनाओ।
    • (chotii-Sii baaT ka Tamaasaa maT baNaao.)
    • Don’t make such a Tamaasaa out of a pity thing.

    9- चुगलख़ोर (cugaLakhor)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “A person who bad-mouths/gossips behind others backs.”

    2. Meaning

    • This untranslatable phrase in Hindi is a noun for someone who bad-mouths/gossips behind someone’s back.

    3. Example Situation

    • You may have a colleague who talks bad to the boss about every other employee just to gain his trust, or who eavesdrops on conversations and then gossips about it. He/she is a cugaLakhor.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • शीला पीठ पीछे सबकी बुराई करती रहती है। वह पक्की चुगलख़ोर है।
    • (siiLaa piith piiche sabakii buraaii karaTii rehaTii hai. vah pakkii cugaLakhor hai.)
    • Sheila bad-mouths everyone behind their back. She is really a cugaLakhor.

    5. Additional Notes

    • It’s not to be said in front of that particular person.

    10- पूजा (puujaa)

    Puujaa

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Praying to God.”

    2. Meaning

    • A term used by Hindus for the act of worshipping their gods.

    3. Example Situation

    • Hindus often go to temples or create a small place for their daily puujaa (worshipping) in their homes. It’s also an essential ritual on any auspicious day or before beginning something new.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • कल दुकान का उद्घाटन है। हम सबको वहाँ पर होने वाली पूजा में ज़रूर चलना है।
    • (kaL DukaaN ka uDghaataN hai. ham sabako vahaan par hoNe vaaLi puujaa men zaruur caLaNaa hai.)
    • Tomorrow is the inauguration ceremony of the shop. All of us must attend the puujaa there.

    11- ईद का चाँद (iiD kaa caaND)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Thinnest moon visible on Eid night.”

    2. Meaning

    • A person who is rarely seen.

    3. Example Situation

    • The Eid moon is quite difficult to see; anyone who’s visible only after being away a long time is compared to that.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • टीना तो बहुत दिन से दिखाई नहीं दी। वह बिलकुल ईद का चाँद हो गयी है।
    • (tiiNaa To bahuT DiN Se Dikhaaii nahiin Dii. vah biLkuL iiD kaa caaND ho gayii hai.)
    • Teena hasn’t been around for such a long time. She has become iiD kaa caaND.

    12- ढाबा (dhaabaa)

    Famous Indian Cuisine Served at Dhaabaa

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Roadside restaurant.”

    2. Meaning

    • A roadside eating place with fresh and relatively cheaper food.

    3. Example Situation

    • On a highway or other outer roads, many eateries/dhaabaa can be seen. They’re open most of the time and serve economical food almost anyone can afford.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • चलो, आज ढाबे पर चाय पीते हैं।
    • (caLo, aaj dhaabe par caay piiTe hain.)
    • Come on! Let’s have tea at a dhaabaa today.

    13- मंत्र (maNTr)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Vedic hymn.”

    2. Meaning

    • The key to achieving something big.

    3. Example Situation

    • For instance, in today’s life, couples fight a lot. But some couples are exceptions. They manage to spend a loving and peaceful life. One might wonder what their maNTr is to such a blissful marital life.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • आपके सुखी जीवन का मंत्र क्या है?
    • (aapake Sukhii jiivaN kaa maNTr kyaa hai?)
    • What’s the maNTr to your happy life?

    5. Additional Notes

    • maNTr is one of the untranslatable Hindi phrases that’s also used in the English language on several occasions.

    14- घपला (ghapaLaa)

    1. Literal Translation

    • “Fraud.”

    2. Meaning

    • Proven scandal or a situation which smells fishy.

    3. Example Situation

    • We hear about all the scandals/ghapaLaa caused by politicians.

    4. Usage in a Sentence

    • ऑफ़िस में कोई बड़ा घपला हुआ है।
    • (aufiS men koii badaa ghapaLaa huaa hai.)
    • There has been some huge ghapaLaa in the office.

    5. Additional Notes

    • ghapaLaa is another one of the untranslatable terms in Hindi that may sometimes sound serious. However, as mentioned in the example, it may not always refer to something serious. Many times, the elders in the family use this phrase at home for the innocent mischiefs of the kids as well.

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    Lord Jagannath Chariot Festival: To Dwarka & Beyond

    Lord Jagannath Chariot Festival

    Every year a massive festival is celebrated in the middle of summer, or in Hindi Grishm Ritu in eastern India, where the Lord Jagannath is taken on a chariot ride to Dwarka and more pilgrimage sites. In this lesson, we’re talking about the special festival of the Chariot Ride, celebrated for nine days during the Hindu month of Aashad, and the significance of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra.

    Since the Jagannath Festival is one of the most celebrated in India, learning about it will allow you to better understand Hindu culture and religion as a whole. And as any successful language-learner can tell you, this is a vital step in mastering any language!

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    1. What is the Chariot Festival of Lord Jagannath?

    The Chariot Festival involves a journey comprised of three chariots carrying the statues of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra, and Balram, respectively. Lord Jagannath is a human incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

    In his life story, when he killed the evil king Kansa and rid the people of his tyranny, the entire city came out to greet Lord Vishnu as he paraded victoriously through town.

    This event is commemorated every year with his idol, in Hindi called a Moorti. Each year, three new chariots are made and decorated out of sandalwood for the occasion.

    2. When is the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra?

    The date of the Chariot Festival of Lord Jagannath varies each year on the Gregorian calendar, but always takes place in June or July. For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years.

    • 2019: July 4
    • 2020: June 23
    • 2021: July 11
    • 2022: June 30
    • 2023: June 19
    • 2024: July 7
    • 2025: June 26
    • 2026: July 16
    • 2027: July 5
    • 2028: June 24

    3. How is the Chariot Festival Celebrated?

    Fireworks Going Off

    1- The Chariots & The Char Dham

    The biggest celebrations are held in Odisha, where this is considered a huge occasion. In the city of Puri, three chariots leave the Jagannath Temple each year, and devotees pull them to the Gundicha Temple two miles away. The chariots are as follows:

    • The first chariot of Lord Balram is called Taldhwaj, and is decorated in red and blue drapes.
    • The second chariot of Subhadra is called Dwarpdalan and is decorated in red and black fabric.
    • The third one, of Lord Jagannath, is forty-four feet high, stands on sixteen wheels, and is called Nandi Ghosha.

    After nine days, the chariots are taken back to the Jagannath Temple via the Mausi Ma Temple. At the Mausi Ma Temple, people eat special Poda Pitha sweets. People play conch shells, temple bells, and the flute along the Yatra, and millions of devotees throng the route to view the idols, yelling Jai Jagannath! meaning “Praising Lord Jagannath!” This tradition was started by King Indradyumna of the Kaling Kingdom, who commissioned construction for the three idols and Lord Jagannath’s temple.

    Do you know what the four sites of the Char Dham pilgrimage are? They are as follows:

    • Badrinath
    • Dwarka
    • Puri
    • Rameswaram

    2- Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Story

    The arms of the three idols are noticeably incomplete, yet an old legend related to King Indradyumna and his sculptor explains why this is so.

    Through divine guidance, the King was guided to employ a certain sculptor. However, the sculptor’s only condition for creating the idols was that no one should come to him, or even knock on his door for twenty-one days. The King agreed, but after hearing no noise coming from the room after fourteen days, the King grew restless and opened the door. Inside, he found the three uncompleted idols, but the sculptor was gone. Taking this as the gods’ will, the King installed the idols in their incomplete form.

    4. The Puri Jagannath Temple

    What is the Puri Jagannath temple, the starting point of the Chariot Festival, famous for?

    Lord Vishnu is a major deity in Hinduism. There are four temples in India in the four directions dedicated to four major deities. The Lord Jagannath temple at Puri is the eastern temple of Lord Vishnu. This is the only temple where Lord Jagannath shares space with Balram and Subhadra.

    5. Useful Vocabulary for the Chariot Festival

    Food for Deity

    Here’s some vocabulary you should know for the Chariot Festival of Lord Jagannath!

    • पर्यटक (paryatak) — tourist
    • मंदिर (maNDir) — temple
    • घोड़ा (ghoDaa) — horse
    • रथ यात्रा (rath yaatraa) — Festival of Lord Jagannath
    • सड़क पर जुलूस निकालना (sadak par juloos nikaalna) — street procession
    • पवित्र स्नान (paviTra snaan) — holy bath
    • देव (Dev) — deity
    • रथ (rath) — chariot
    • लकड़ी (iakdi) — wood
    • चार धाम (Char Dham) — Char Dham
    • पुरी (Puri) — Puri
    • बद्रीनाथ (Badrinath) — Badrinath
    • द्वारका (Dwarka) — Dwarka, India
    • चंदन की लकड़ी (chandan ki lakdi) — sandalwood
    • भगवान ब्रह्मा (Bhagwan Brahma) — Lord Brahma (Lord Brahma sometimes referred to as Vishnu’s “creative aspect̶ ;)
    • संसार (sansar) — world
    • त्यौहार (tyohar) — festival
    • ब्रह्माण्ड (brhamaand) — universe
    • यात्रा (yatra) — journey
    • मूर्ति (murti) — idol
    • प्रसाद (prasad) — food offered to a deity

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    Conclusion

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    How to Say “My Name is..” in Hindi and Introduce Yourself

    In India, people love to socialize. A smile comes in handy and folks don’t mind initiating the conversation and asking your whereabouts. In short, expect a heartwarming welcome if you’re coming to India, and even more so if it’s your first time here. Hindi is a widely spoken language in India and all over the world. In India, using phrases like “I live in..” or “My name is..” in Hindi, can be a real-quick ice-breaker in the first meeting.

    Whether you’re here to attend a party or a job interview, or you’re on a business trip, a bare minimum knowledge of Hindi helps you easily gel with others while feeling more connected to the conversation. Being a non-Hindi person, you may wonder how to introduce yourself in Hindi. Worry not! HindiPod101 has got you covered. Initially, just knowing some common Hindi phrases is enough to get you going for a while.

    So, what are you waiting for? Let’s learn some basics about introducing yourself in Hindi. Following are some examples of how to introduce yourself in Hindi, so let’s get on with our dictionary and information on how to introduce yourself in Hindi, with translations.

    Table of Contents

    1. Some Basic Etiquette Tips
    2. Greeting Others
    3. How to Talk About Yourself
    4. How to Talk about Nationality!
    5. Handling a Personal Talk!
    6. About Your Profession and Other Details!
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    1. Some Basic Etiquette Tips

    It makes sense to do a little homework before traveling to a new country. Check out these Ten Quick Facts about Hindi to stay ahead. You can also learn more about the Do’s and Don’ts that apply to the Indian culture. Unlike in English, there are separate words for addressing someone, based on their age and other factors.

    1- Using the Formal Version of “You”

    Whether it’s a formal occasion or an informal one, if you’re about to give your introduction in Hindi, use the word आप (aap) meaning “You” for women and people who are senior to you. In a business meeting or any other formal get-together, it’s better to address your co-workers by the word आप (aap) which is a more formal version of “You.” As the Indian society is becoming more sophisticated with time, people also prefer to address children in the same way.

    For more information, you can get as many details as you like about the Hindi language.

    2- The Body Language

    Indians are sensitive when it comes to body language. Staying too close to a female, touching the other females while talking casually, might make the local folks a little uncomfortable. Even if you’re there with your spouse or partner, PDA is still not that common around here. However, these rules aren’t followed very strictly anymore. From the cultural point of view, the society—especially the younger generation—is opening up really fast.

    When in a Public Place, Your Body Language Matters


    2. Greeting Others

    Curious about pronouncing Hindi words correctly? Sharpen your skills on our Hindi Pronunciation page.

    Another way to conversate gracefully is by using the word आप (aap) or “You.” आप (aap) is preferred over तुम (Tum) also meaning “you,” when meeting new people in India. This holds true while addressing the females and the elderly.

    If you’re meeting the folks for the first time, the same goes for people who are either your age or younger. आप (aap) or “You” sounds better while talking to them. But it’s not just what you say out loud! Your body language speaks volumes about your enthusiasm.

    A smiling face is a great way to tell people that you’re really enjoying their company. Leave an unforgettable impression on others by greeting them with a hand gesture of नमस्ते (NamaSTe) which means “Hello” in Hindi.

    The Indian Way of Greeting

    Cultural Tips:

    • A language loses its spell if the right gestures are missing!
    • So, the next time you’re in India, instead of “Hello” say नमस्ते (NamaSTe) which also means “Hello,” and wait for the magic to happen.
    • If there’s one thing that melts the Indian heart within a minute, it’s a non-native person saying नमस्ते (NamaSTe) to them. This is the right way to introduce yourself in Hindi.
    • Make sure to bring both of your hands forward and join the palms together, while tilting your head slightly forward.
    • When you’re surrounded by a group of people your own age, a नमस्ते (NamaSTe) might be replaced by a warm handshake. This is more common among males.


    3. How to Talk About Yourself

    When you talk about yourself, keep in mind the “Gender Rules” described above. It’ll help you introduce yourself in Hindi with more confidence. Let’s look at some of the common self-introduction statements used in Hindi.

    • “Hello, how are you?”
      • नमस्ते, आप कैसे हैं? (NamaSTe, aap kaiSe haĩn?) [While talking to a male.]
      • नमस्ते, आप कैसी हैं? (NamaSTe, aap kaiSii haĩn?) [While talking to a female.]
        • “Hello” — नमस्ते (NamaSTe)
        • “How” — कैसे/ कैसी (kaiSe / kaiSiii)
        • “Are” — हैं (hain)
        • “You” — आप (aap)
    • “Yes, I am fine, thank you.”
      • जी, मैं ठीक हूँ, धन्यवाद। (jii, main thiik huun, DHaNyavaaD.)
        • “Yes” — जी (jii)
        • “I” — मैं (main)
        • “Am” — हूँ (huun)
        • “Fine” — ठीक (thiik)
        • “Thank you” — धन्यवाद (DHaNyavaaD)
    • “My name is John.”
      • मेरा नाम जॉन है।. (meraa Naam jauN hai.)
        • “My” — मेरा (meraa)
        • “Name” — नाम (Naam)
        • “Is” — है (hai)
        • “John” — जॉन (jauN)
    • “Pleasure to meet you.”
      • आप से मिलकर अच्छा लगा।. (aap Se miLakar acchaa Lagaa.)
        • “Pleasure” — अच्छा लगा (acchaa Lagaa)
        • “To” — से (Se)
        • “Meet” — मिलकर (miLakar)
        • “You” — आप (aap)

    Talking about your name in Hindi is unavoidable! If you don’t know how to write your name in Hindi, ask our teachers on our Hindi Names page!

    Cultural Tip:

    • Your tone matters in India. Anything spoken in a soft tone is quite well-received.
    • Moreover, people here don’t just listen to your voice but also read your body language. For example, if you’re bored or uninterested in the conversation, they can sense it real quick.
    • If you’re sitting alone, they’ll notice it and give you company.
    • They also make sure that you’re comfortable and not feeling left out!

    Confidently Introduce Yourself at Social Gatherings


    4. How to Talk about Nationality!

    Consider it as Level-II of “How to Introduce Yourself in Hindi.” After successfully crossing the initial greetings stage, the conversation may go on like this!

    • “Where do you come from?”
      • आप कहाँ से हैं? (aap kahaan Se hain?)
        • “Where” — कहाँ (kahaan)
        • “Are” — हैं (hain)
        • “You” — आप (aap)
        • “Come from” — से (Se)
    • “I am from Japan.”
      • मैं जापान से हूँ। (main jaapaaN Se huun.)
        • “I” — मैं (main)
        • “Am” — हूँ (huun)
        • “From” — से (Se)
        • “Japan” — जापान (jaapaaN)

    Both of the above sentences are gender-neutral. This is the list of countries in the Hindi language.

    Cultural Tip:

    • India is a vast country and yet people have all sorts of curiosity and respect for other cultures around the world. This may pave a road for some common questions about your country, especially the staple foods and the weather in your country!
    • When it comes to dressing up, wearing proper formal attire to the occasion is a good idea. Indians are more comfortable if the females are in a dress that covers their legs and shoulders properly.
    • If you’ve never had an Indian meal before, your taste buds are going to explode. The food here is mostly spicy and hot. The cuisine is easier to eat with your hands instead of a knife and fork. Make sure that you use your right hand for eating. Avoid using the left hand at all costs! Also keep in mind that the sweets may taste too sweet to you, but you’re surely going to love it in the end. The food here is addictive!!

    Hot and Spicy Indian Food


    5. Handling a Personal Talk!

    It’s common for the elders to ask you about your marital status and family. Knowing these sentences beforehand can turn out to be quite helpful while introducing yourself in Hindi. Talking about your family in Hindi is an important topic to have covered in your knowledge base!

    • “Are you married?”
      • क्या आप शादीशुदा हैं? (kyaa aap saaDiisuDaa hain?)
        • “Are” — क्या (kyaa) and हैं (hain) [In the interrogative form, it stands for both kyaa and hain.)
        • “You” — आप (aap)
        • “Married” — शादीशुदा (saaDiisuDaa)
    • “Yes, I am married.”
      • जी हाँ, मैं शादीशुदा हूँ।. (jii haan, main saaDiisuDaa huun.)
        • “Yes” — जी, हाँ (jii haan)
        • “I” — मैं (main)
        • “Am” — हूँ (huun)
        • “Married” — शादीशुदा (saaDiisuDaa)
    • “No, I am not married.”
      • जी नहीं, मैं शादीशुदा नहीं हूँ। (jii Nahiin, main saaDiisuDaa Nahiin huun.)
        • “No” — जी नहीं (jii nahiin)
        • “I” — मैं (main)
        • “Am” — हूँ (huun)
        • “Not” — नहीं (Nahiinĩ)
        • “Married” — शादीशुदा (saaDiisuDaa)

    Cultural Tip:

    • At first, the kind of questions asked in your first conversation in India may feel a bit intrusive to you. But worry not, it’s just a harmless way of ice-breaking in India!
    • In India, they love to hear about your spouse and kids. Expect a few questions about your kids, their education, your spouse’s profession, etc.
    • If you don’t have kids, they might even ask when you’re going to have one! Don’t be shocked! It’s almost out of love.

    Sharing about Your Personal Life


    6. About Your Profession and Other Details!


    Talking about your profession and hobbies in Hindi can really liven the discussion! Here are some phrases you should know.

      • “Where do you live currently?”
        • फ़िलहाल, आप कहाँ रहते/रहती हैं? (fiLahaaL, aap kahaan rahaTe/rahaTii hain?)
        • “Where” — कहाँ (kahaan)
        • “Do” — हैं (hain)
        • “You” — आप (aap)
        • “Live” — रहते/रहती (rahaTe/Tii)
        • “Currently” — फ़िलहाल (fiLahaaL)
    • “Currently, I am living in Delhi.”
      • फ़िलहाल, मैं दिल्ली में रह रहा/रही हूँ। (fiLahaaL, main DiLLii men rah rahaa/rahii huun)
        • “Currently” — फ़िलहाल (fiLahaaL)
        • “I” — मैं (main)
        • “Am” — हूँ (huun)
        • “Living” — रह रहा/ रही (rah rahaa / rahii)
        • “In” — में (men)
        • “Delhi” — दिल्ली (DiLLii)
    • “What do you do?”
      • आप क्या करते/करती हैं? (aap kyaa karaTe / karaTii hain?)
        • “What” — क्या (kyaa)
        • “Do” — हैं (hain)
        • “You” — आप (aap)
        • “Do” — करते/करती (karaTe / karaTii)
    • “I am a writer.”
      • मैं एक लेखक/लेखिका हूँ।? (main ek Lekhak/Lekhikaa huun?)
        • “I” — मैं (main)
        • “Am” — हूँ (huun)
        • “A” — एक (ek)
        • “Writer” — लेखक/लेखिका (Lekhak / Lekhikaa)
    • “How do you like to spend your free time?”
      • आप अपना ख़ाली वक़्त कैसे बिताना पसंद करते/करती हैं? (aap apaNaa khaaLii vaqT kaiSe biTaaNaa paSaND karaTe / karaTii hain?)
        • “How” — कैसे (kaiSe)
        • “Do” — हैं (hain)
        • “You” — आप (aap)
        • “Like” — पसंद (paSaND)
        • “To spend” — बिताना (biTaaNaa)
        • “Your” — अपना (apaNaa)
        • “Free” — ख़ाली (khaaLii)
        • “Time” — वक़्त (vaqT)
    • “I like to cook food in my free time.”
      • मैं अपने ख़ाली वक़्त में खाना पकाना पसंद करता/करती हूँ. (main apaNe khaaLii vaqT men khaaNaa pakaaNaa paSaND karaTa/karaTii huun.)
        • “I” — मैं (main)
        • “Like” — पसंद (paSaND)
        • “To cook” — पकाना (pakaaNaa)
        • “Food” — खाना (khaaNaa)
        • “In” — में (men)
        • “My” — अपने (apaNe)
        • “Free” — ख़ाली (khaaLii)
        • “Time” — वक़्त (vaqT)

    Cultural Tip:

    • At some places, the guests are welcomed with a Tilak (“mark”) on the forehead made with a paste of red sandalwood. The sandalwood is imbibed with cooling properties and is believed to soothe the third eye. Females can also pamper their hands with intricate mehndi (“Henna”) designs.
    • Unlike Church, visiting religious places here requires you to take off your shoes. (Just a gentle reminder!)

    We hope you enjoyed this Hindi lesson! And if your thirst for learning is still unquenched, you’re most welcome to explore Hindi on a deeper level.


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    What’s more! You also get access to free audio charts, free vocabulary lists, and a free Hindi dictionary. There are flash cards and PDF notes to ease things for you as well.

    So, join us and have an amazing Hindi time with us on HindiPod101!

    In the meantime, we hope you’ll practice introducing about yourself in the Hindi language using the examples we provided. Good luck!

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    Watch Bollywood/ Hindi Movies & Learn Hindi in No Time!

    If you’re a true cinema lover, chances are you’ve stumbled upon the magical world of Hindi movies or Hindi films (a.k.a. Bollywood movies) at some point. For those who aren’t familiar with the Indian mainstream cinema, below are a few interesting facts about Indian cinema and Hindi box office movies to better your understanding.

    Table of Contents

    1. Interesting Facts About Indian Cinema and Bollywood
    2. Learning Hindi with Bollywood Movies!
    3. Improve Your Hindi with Bollywood’s Most Popular and Timeless Movies
    4. Inspirational Movies
    5. Movies on Sensitive Issues
    6. Entertainment with a Message
    7. Romance
    8. Comedy
    9. Hindi Learning Made Easy with HindiPod101

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    1. Interesting Facts About Indian Cinema and Bollywood

    • With a rich and remarkable history of Indian cinema, the country produces Indian movies in more than twenty Indian languages.
    • Interestingly, Indian cinema produces the largest number of movies in the world, even surpassing Hollywood in terms of its annual production.
    • There are three main categories of movies in India. These are Masala movies (Commercial cinema), Art movies (Parallel cinema), and Regional movies (Multilingual cinema).
    • Bollywood is mainly associated with making movies in the Hindi language. These Hindi movies possess a Hindi-Urdu dialect known as Hindustani, one of the Top five Hindi dialects in India.
    • Nowadays, Hindustani is often accompanied by many English words, acquiring the name of a Hinglish dialect.
    • We just can’t imagine a Hindi movie not suffused with lots of songs and dance beats. For most commercial Hindi movies, music is the backbone of their success.


    2. Learning Hindi with Movies?

    But why are we talking about movies at our learning site HindiPod101? Is it really possible to learn Hindi from Bollywood movies? The answer is yes.

    Top verbs

    So now you must be wondering how to learn Hindi through movies. You can learn Hindi by movies, but that’s not all. Over the past few decades, films have proven their worth in ways that go far beyond linguistic insights.


    3. Why You Should Learn Hindi With Bollywood Movies

    In this section, we promise to share with you some of the best Bollywood movies to learn Hindi, ranging from the classic films to new Indian movies.

    Along with that, for anyone out there wondering cluelessly, our article will also act as your helping hand, going over how to learn Hindi by watching movies.

    The list below includes all good Indian movies with impeccable storylines, flawless scripts, and great overall talent.

    So, brace yourself to get swept off your feet with these handpicked Hindi movies you must watch.

    By the way, if you’re looking for Hindi movies (2018 ) or Hindi movies (2019), you can always check for Hindi movies online or search for Hindi movies on YouTube. When it comes to Hindi movies, streaming is often a great option.

    Movie genres


    4. Inspirational Movies

    When it comes to the language of Hindi’s best movies, Bollywood has made several remarkable inspirational movies, based on both real-life stories and fiction. The great thing about such films is that they carry the power to touch our lives. We all struggle with various challenges, but sometimes it becomes hard to pull yourself together and keep moving. At such moments, a fine cinema (Indians’ best movies) can provide you with much-needed enthusiasm to get you going.

    1- Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

    Mhaag MiLkhaa Bhaag

    • Hindi Title: भाग मिल्खा भाग
    • Romanization: bhaag miLkhaa bhaag
    • English Title: Run Milkha Run

    Milkha is a kid in Punjab, who has seen his family members being massacred during the partition riots between India and Pakistan. Successfully escaping the horrendous atmosphere in the village, he finds his married sister in the refugee camp.

    Confused at first, he soon realizes his passion and strength for running and decides to become an athlete. The road to athletics is not so smooth; however, determined Milkha not only grabs a world champion title, but also becomes a sports icon for many. All while dealing with his own emotional challenges and painful childhood memories.

    The movie is inspired by the life of the real Olympian athlete, Milkha Singh. The pristine dialogue delivery, inspiring real-life story, and heart-touching depiction of India’s post-independence struggle makes it the best movie for learning Hindi and taking a peek at the village life in India as well.

    Famous Quotes:

    • लोग बुरे नहीं होते, हालात बुरे होते हैं।
      Log bure nahiin hoTe, haaLaaT bure hoTe hain.
      “People are not bad, circumstances are bad.”
    • ऊँचाई पर उड़ने वाले पंछी, छोटे-छोटे पेड़ों से दिल नहीं लगाते।
      uuncaaii par udaNe vaaLe paNchii, chote-chote pedon Se DiL nahiin LagaaTe.
      “Birds which aim to fly high don’t get attached to mere trees.”

    Useful Words:

    • दौड़ (Daud) Race
    • भाग (bhaag) Run
    • मिट्टी (mittii) Soil
    • पंछी (paNchii) Birds
    • बहन (bahaN) Sister
    • गाँव (gaanv) Village

    2- Mary Kom (2014)

    Mary Kom

    • Hindi Title: मैरी कॉम
    • Romanization: mairii kaum
    • English Title: Mary Kom

    Born in Manipur, a small state in India, Mary Kom is far from being a traditional girl. Even in school, she refuses to tolerate the mischievous boys and indulges in serious fights with them. Belonging to a poor family, her father is a simple farmer who somehow manages the basic necessities but never compromises on the education of his kids.

    Mary knows her mental and physical strength very well but is directionless. It’s only when she gets in touch with her soon-to-be boxing coach that her life takes a huge turn and finally attains a bright path.

    This is another biopic that shows us the life of a true gem of India, Mary Kom, who literally needs no introduction. Her career shimmers with gold medals and championship titles. She has been the World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times.

    If you’re inclined to watch a new Hindi movie, then Mary Kom will definitely keep you glued to the screen while filling you with great determination.

    Famous Quotes:

    • किसी को इतना मत डराओ कि डर ही ख़त्म हो जाए।

      kiSii ko iTaNaa maT daraao ki dar hii khaTm ho jaaye.
      “Don’t scare someone so much that he/she stops feeling the fear.”

    Useful Words:

    • लड़की (Ladakii) Girl
    • डर (dar) Fear
    • जीतना (jiiTaNaa) To win
    • जीत (jiiT) Victory
    • खेलना (kheLaNaa) To play

    3- Rang De Basanti (2006)

    rang De baSaNTii

    • Hindi Title: रंग दे बसंती
    • Romanization: rang De baSaNTii
    • English Title: Color Me Saffron

    We could suggest that you watch many of the latest Indian movies with amazing scripts, but nothing can touch the full entertainment value of the film Rang De Basanti. It will make you a die-hard Bollywood fan.

    The story is about five college friends and a British girl whose great grandfather had been in the British army when Britain ruled India. Now, after so many years, Sue discovers her great grandfather’s diary and decides to make a film on the freedom fighters of India.

    She meets these five youths, but is disappointed with their reluctance and pessimistic views about their own country. Does her disbelief change their hearts? Do these friends realize something about themselves while trying to help Sue?

    Find out for yourself by watching Rang De Basanti and many similar Hindi movies on YouTube.

    Famous Quotes:

    • कोई भी देश परफ़ेक्ट नहीं होता, उसे बेहतर बनाना पड़ता है।
      koii bhii Des parafekt nahiin hoTaa, uSe behaTar baNaaNaa padaTaa hai.
      “No country is perfect, we ought to make it better.”

    Useful Words:

    • देश (Des) Country
    • हम (ham) We
    • आज़ादी (aazaaDii) Freedom
    • लड़ाई (Ladaaii) Fighting


    5. Movies on Sensitive Issues

    Over the past several years, Bollywood has produced a handful of sensitive Indian movies. 2017 was a prolific year for the audiences craving Indian new movies with rich and meaningful content. Check out some out-of-the-box new Indian movies (2017) and get a taste of sensible entertainment.

    But before you get started with a new Hindi movie (2017), we’d also like to throw some light on exceptional Hindi films that are beyond time.

    1- Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)

    I am Alone, You are Alone

      Hindi Title: अकेले हम अकेले तुम
      Romanization: akeLe ham akeLe Tum
      English Title: I am Alone, You are Alone.

    The 90s era was like a detailed bouquet with all types of flowers tucked into it. Thanks to the internet, it’s possible for us to watch these Indian movies online on various platforms.

    Akele Hum Akele Tum revolves around a young couple and their marriage which is falling apart. In the story, the wife (Kiran) leaves her husband (Rohit) and five-year-old son (Sunil). Kiran dreams of becoming a successful singer, but Rohit’s career is going through a low phase. On top of that, he also has to take care of his son.

    After a while, Kiran is well-established and files for the custody of her son. By that time, the father and son have already developed a deep bond. The movie portrays the hardships of a desperate father who’s not ready to give up his child at any cost.

    The intense emotions genuinely played by all the great actors makes this Hindi movie a must-watch. Enjoy the film Akele Hum Akele Tum and explore the entire world of Indian movies in YouTube.

    Famous Quotes:

    • ज़रूरी है क्या कि हमेशा एक माँ अपने बच्चे को उसके बाप से ज़्यादा प्यार करती हो?
      zaruurii hai kyaa ki hamesaa ek maan apaNe bacce ko uSake baap Se zyaaDaa pyaar karaTii ho?
      “Must a mother always love the child more than the father?”

    Useful Words:

    • बेटा (betaa) Son
    • संगीत (SangiiT) Music
    • माँ (maa) Mother
    • पिता (piTaa) Father

    2- A Wednesday (2008 )

    A Wednesday

    • Hindi Title: अ वेडनसडे
    • Romanization: a vedaNaSade
    • English Title: A Wednesday

    India is a diverse country where people from all religions try to live in harmony. But there’s another monstrosity growing in the country which nobody wants. It’s the dark and vile religion of terrorism which engulfs innocent lives without a warning.

    What happens when the system fails us? When a common man takes things into his own hands? Watch the thriller A Wednesday on Netflix and experience an adrenaline rush with every twist in the plot. Certainly a great option in terms of Hindi action movies.

    Famous Quotes:

    • इंसान नाम में मज़हब ढूंढ लेता है।
      iNSaaN Naam men mazahab dhuundh LeTaa hai.
      “A person looks for religion in a person’s name.”

    Useful Words:

    • आतंकवादी (aaTankavaaDii) Terrorist
    • आम आदमी (aam aaDamii) Common man
    • मज़हब (mazahab) Religion
    • नाम (Naam) Name
    • मंत्री (maNTrii) Minister
    • ख़ैरियत (khairiyaT) Well-being

    Here are some tips to improve your pronunciation while watching movies in Hindi.

    Ways to improve pronunciation

    3- Taare Zameen par (2007)

    Stars on the Land

    • Hindi Title: तारे ज़मीन पर
    • Romanization: Taare zamiiN par
    • English Title: Stars on the Land

    A young boy (Ishaan) suffers from dyslexia. But neither he nor his parents know that. His poor performance in class frustrates his father, who instead of finding the real issue, blames Ishaan for lack of interest in studies and sends him away to a boarding school.

    Ishaan feels cut off from his family and becomes a rather quiet child who hardly speaks. Then, a new teacher joins the school and realizes that something isn’t right with this child. How his own childhood experiences coincide with that of Ishaan makes this movie so emotionally moving for parents as well as kids.

    If the plot has already touched your heart, don’t wait up to watch one of the best Indian movies online (free). And yes, keep the tissues ready, by your side!

    Famous Quotes:

    • हर बच्चे की अपनी ख़ूबी होती है, अपनी क़ाबिलियत होती है, अपनी चाहत होती है।
    • har bacce kii apaNii khuubii hoTii hai, apaNii qaabiLiyaT hoTii hai, apaNii caahaT hoTii hai.
    • “Every child has his/her own specialty, own talent, and own desires.”

    Useful Words:

    • शिक्षा (siksaa) Education
    • समझना (SamajhaNaa) To understand
    • दिमाग़ (Dimaaġ) Mind


    6. Entertainment with a Message

    Whether you’re a beginner in Hindi or wish to polish your language knowledge, one of the sure-shot methods to improve is to watch Indian movies online on a regular basis. Here’s the IMDb list of best Hindi movies (2016). You can also refer to the list of best Indian movies (2016) by Huffington Post. Consider each movie as a book. Immerse yourself in it completely and you’ll soon begin talking like a native speaker.

    1- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

    You Won’t Get this Life Again

    • Hindi Title: ज़िंदगी ना मिलेगी दोबारा
    • Romanization: ziNDagii Naa miLegii Dobaaraa
    • English Title: You Won’t Get this Life Again

    Three childhood friends meet up, one of which is soon to be married. All three of them have different lives and different natures, and they are troubled by their own kinds of challenges.

    In their journey to adulthood, they’re trying to find the true purpose of life. On one hand, the movie pampers its audience with laughter and fun; on the other, it depicts the loneliness and confusion of today’s seemingly happy youth.

    Famous Quotes:

    • इंसान को डिब्बे में सिर्फ़ तब होना चाहिए, जब वो मर चुका हो।
      iNSaaN ko dibbe men Sirf Tab hoNaa caahiye, jab vo mar cukaa ho.
      “A person should only be confined within a box when he/she is dead.”

    Useful Words:

    • पैसा (paiSaa) Money
    • दोस्त (DoST) Friend
    • बाप (baap) Father
    • धोखा (DHokhaa) Betrayal

    2- Anand (1971)

    aaNaND

    • Hindi Title: आनंद
    • Romanization: aaNaND
    • English Title: Joy

    Sometimes, those who have few days to live are the ones who know how to live life to its fullest. Such people make each day count. They find happiness in every tiny aspect of life and stop worrying about trivial things.

    Anand, which means “joy,” is the name of the main character in the film. Anand is suffering from cancer in its terminal phase. But instead of feeling sad, he smiles all the time, spreading joy to those around him. He refuses to be crushed by the illness and his liveliness inspires others to live better.

    If you have a taste for classic movies, this one should be a perfect choice for you!

    Famous Quotes:

    • ज़िन्दगी बड़ी होनी चाहिए, लम्बी नहीं।
      ziNDagii badii hoNii caahiye, Lambii Nahiin.
      “Life should be grand, not long.”

    Useful Words:

    • ज़िंदगी (ziNDagii) Life
    • मौत (mauT) Death
    • गीत (giiT) Song
    • पल (paL) Moment
    • ख़ुशी (khusii) Happiness
    • ग़म (ġam) Sadness

    3- English Vinglish (2012)

    Learning English

    • Hindi Title: इंग्लिश विंग्लिश
    • Romanization: ingLis vingLis
    • English Title: Learning English

    Out of all the movies we’ve mentioned so far, English Vinglish is a true show-stealer, especially for a language learner. The film depicts the life of a housewife, Shashi, with a passion for cooking. A sincere and responsible woman with only one blot on her personality: She doesn’t know English.

    Her family judges her, makes fun of her, and even despises her for this. Things become worse when Shashi has to move abroad and settle there. But deep down, it’s not just the language problem that’s troubling her. She’s searching for her identity as a person.

    This is a simple and realistic movie which showcases the pain of women who are made to believe that life ends after marriage. That their whole survival revolves around her husband and kids. That there can be no new beginning for them.

    Famous Quotes:

    • मर्द खाना बनाये तो कला है, औरत बनाये तो उसका फ़र्ज़ है।
      marD khaaNaa baNaaye To kaLaa hai, auraT baNaaye To uSakaa farz hai.
      “If a man cooks, it’s an art, but if a woman cooks, it’s her duty.”
    • पहली बार…एक ही बार आता है।
      pahaLii baar…ek hii baar aaTaa hai.
      “The first time…comes only one time.”

    Useful Words:

    • घर (ghar) Home
    • इज़्ज़त (izzaT) Respect
    • सीखना (SiikhaNaa) To learn
    • औरत (auraT) Woman
    • मर्द (marD) Man


    7. Romance

    Now, when we say “romance,” it’s not typical dating we’re going to talk about. The handpicked movies in this category cover the delicate relationships between a man and woman, but with extraordinary circumstances.

    But being the dreamy romantic soul, you have every reason to also check out these best romantic movies of the decade. The list contains some of the most popular romantic Indian movies (2016) as well as 2015 Indian movies.

    1- Bombay (1995)

    Bombay

    • Hindi Title: बॉम्बे
    • Romanization: baumbe
    • English Title: Bombay

    A landmark movie of the 90s era, Bombay created a lot of controversy and even some bomb blasts in the heart of Mumbai. The plot narrates an innocent but serious love budding between a Hindu man and Muslim woman. They get married and have kids.

    But how viable is the marriage and their own existence when the whole country is burning with Hindu-Muslim riots? For so many reasons, and despite all the controversies, the film succeeded in touching everyone’s hearts. Needless to say, it’s still counted as one of the best masterpieces of Mani Ratnam.

    Famous Quotes:

      आप लोगों के सिद्धांतों के कारण आम लोग खामखाँ मर रहे हैं। मुंबई जल रही है। ये क़त्ल-ए-आम कब बंद होगा?
      aap Logon ke SiDDHaaNTon ke kaaran aam log khaamakhaan mar rahe hain. Mumbaii jaL rahii hai. Ye qaTL-e-aam kab banD hogaa?
      “It’s because of your philosophies that innocent people are dying. Mumbai is burning. When will this massacre end?”

    Useful Words:

    • धर्म (DHarm) Religion
    • क़त्ल (qaTL) Murder
    • ख़ून (khuuN) Blood
    • बच्चे (bacce) Children

    2- Ijaazat (1987)

    Permission

    • Hindi Title: इजाज़त
    • Romanization: ijaazaT
    • English Title: Permission

    If you’re looking for deeper issues regarding a relationship, this one is a real gem. Ijaazat is a movie way ahead of its time. With all its dignity and sensibility, the film takes you through the complications of an extra-marital affair.

    Gulzar casts his magic with the flawless dialogue, intense chemistry between the actors, and timeless song lyrics. The confusions of a couple, their altering love for each other, the jealousy, trauma, misunderstandings, and pain, have all been portrayed so beautifully. Even today, no other director has been able to tackle a similar movie with such maturity.

    Famous Quotes:

    • मैं माया से प्यार करता था - ये सच है। और उसे भूलने की कोशिश कर रहा हूँ - ये सही है। लेकिन इसमें तुम मेरी मदद नहीं करोगी तो मेरे लिए बड़ी मुश्किल होगी। क्यूंकि मुझसे ज़्यादा वो तुम्हें याद रहती है।
      main maayaa Se pyaar karaTaa THaa - ye Sac hai. aur uSe bhuuLaNe kii kosis kar raha huun - ye Sahii hai. LekiN iS men Tum merii maDaD Nahiin karogii To mere Liye badi muskiL hogii. Kyunki mujhaSe zyaaDaa vo Tumhen yaaD rahaTii hai.
      “That I loved Maya is true. That I’m trying to forget her is also true. But if you don’t help me in doing so, it will be very, very difficult for me. Because you think of her more often than I do.”

    Useful Words:

    • मैं (main) I
    • तुम (Tum) You
    • कोशिश (kosis) Effort
    • इनकार (iNakaar) Refusal
    • याद (yaaD) Memory

    3- Qayamat se Qayamat Tak (1988 )

    The Lovers’ Doom

    • Hindi Title: क़यामत से क़यामत तक
    • Romanization: qayaamaT Se qayaamaT Tak
    • English Title: The Lovers’ Doom

    Another fierce movie that proves the power of cinema and its role in society. India has a dark history of intolerance for the interreligious and inter-caste marriages. The movie Qayamat se Qayamat Tak is about two lovers whose families have a history of enmity with each other.

    When the family members come to know about the couple’s relationship, they have no second thoughts about killing the boy and girl. Although it’s not strictly about different castes or religions, the movie does throw light on the evil of honor killing prevalent in Indian society till today.

    Famous Quotes:

    • अगर हम किसी के लिए दीवाने हो गए…तो ये कोई ज़रूरी तो नहीं…कि वो भी हमारे लिए दीवाना हो जाए।
      agar ham kiSii ke Liye DiivaaNe ho gaye…To ye koii zaruurii To Nahiin…ke vo bhii hamaare Liye DiivaaNaa ho jaaye.
      “If I go crazy for someone…then it is not necessary that…that person should also go crazy for me.”

    Useful Words:

    • मोहब्बत (mohabbaT) Love
    • समझना (SamajhaNaa) To understand
    • इंतज़ार (iNTazaar) Wait
    • दिल (DiL) Heart


    8. Comedy

    And finally, we’ve arrived to the genre that’s loved by all. Yes, we’re talking about Indian comedy movies.

    1- Chhoti si baat (1976)

    Just a Little Thing

    • Hindi Title: छोटी सी बात
    • Romanization: chotii Sii baaT
    • English Title: Just a Little Thing

    A shy, timid man (Arun) falls in love with a chirpy and vibrant lady (Prabha). The problem is, Arun can’t gather enough courage to express his feelings for her. To make the matter worse, there’s another man, self-confident and well-spoken, trying to woo the same woman.

    Tension rises when Arun sees a love triangle building up in his life. Does he get over the shyness and open up his heart to Prabha? Does Arun win the love of his life? Watch Chhoti Si Baat and get to the end of this cute love story to find out.

    Famous Quotes:

    • प्यार पाने के लिए कोई भी तरीक़ा नाजायज़ नहीं है।
      pyaar paaNe ke Liye koii bhii Tareeqaa Naajaayaz nahiin hai.
      “No way is illegitimate to achieve love.”

    Useful Words:

    • प्यार (pyaar) Love
    • शर्मीला (sarmiiLaa) Shy
    • दफ़्तर (DafTar) Office

    2- Chachi 420 (1997)

    Aunty with a Twist

    • Hindi Title: चाची ४२०
    • Romanization: caacii 420
    • English Title: Aunty with a Twist

    When it comes to staying close to his cute little daughter, a father is ready to go to any extent. In the comedy movie Chachi 420, Jaiprakash and Janki are divorced. Their only daughter, Bharti, lives with her mother.

    To audiences’ surprise, Jaiprakash gets made over to look like a trickster aunt and starts working as a maid in Janki’s house. The movie is filled with sweet and sour moments which are bound to make you giggle and keep you glued to the screen the entire time.

    Famous Quotes:

    • क़ानून शादी को तोड़ सकता है…प्यार को नहीं।
      qaaNuuN saaDii ko Tod SakaTaa hai…pyaar ko nahiin.
      “The law can end a marriage…but not love.

    Useful Words:

    • चाची (caacii) Aunty
    • क़ानून (qaaNuuN) Law
    • तलाक़ (TaLaaq) Divorce
    • बेटी (beTii) Daughter

    3- Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

    Everybody’s Got Own Style

    • Hindi Title: अंदाज़ अपना अपना
    • Romanization: aNDaaz apaNaa apaNaa
    • English Title: Everybody’s Got Own Style

    If you ask us to vouch for just one comedy movie, we’d do so for Andaz Apna Apna. Before you start watching this movie, let us warn you about the fits of laughter and tears of joy that you’re going to experience.

    Prem and Amar are eager to become millionaires by marrying a rich girl. Unfortunately (but luckily for us!), they both are after the same girl. In order to get the other person out of the scene, they try every possible trick which ultimately creates a series of hilarious events.

    Famous Quotes:

    • भाभी होगी तेरी और शादी होगी मेरी।
      bhaabhii hogii Terii aur saaDii hogii merii.
      “She’ll be your sister-in-law and I will be the one to get married.”
    • ग़लती से मिस्टेक हो गया।
      ġaLTii Se miStek ho gayaa.
      “A mistake by mistake.”

    Useful Words:

    • दोस्त (DoST) Friend/Buddy
    • ग़लती (ġaLTii) Mistake
    • शादी (saaDii) Marriage
    • पैसा (paiSaa) Money
    • लड़की (Ladakii) Girl


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