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3-Minute Hindi Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely
Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Hindi Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to politely refuse an invitation in Hindi.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to say 'No, thank you.' in Hindi.
Shakti: [Normal] नही,धन्यवाद|(Nahiin, DHaNyavaaD)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'No'
Shakti: [Normal] नही [Slow] नही (Nahiin)
Becky: Last is the expression meaning 'thank you'
Shakti: [Normal] धन्यवाद [Slow] धन्यवाद(DHaNyavaaD)
Becky: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Shakti: [Slow] नही,धन्यवाद| [Normal] नही,धन्यवाद|
Becky: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say 'No, thank you so much.'
Shakti: [Normal] नही,आपका बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद|(Nahiin, aapkaa bahuT bahuT DHaNyavaaD)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'no'
Shakti: [Normal] नही [Slow] नही (Nahiin)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'your'
Shakti: [Normal] आपका [Slow] आपका (aapkaa)
Becky: Next is the expression meaning 'very very'
Shakti: [Normal] बहुत बहुत [Slow] बहुत बहुत (bahuT bahuT)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'thanks'
Shakti: [Normal] धन्यवाद| [Slow] धन्यवाद|(DHaNyavaaD)
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'No, thank you so much.'
Shakti: [Slow] नही,आपका बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद| [Normal] नही,आपका बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद|
Becky: Next up is the formal way to say 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Shakti: [Normal] माफ़ कीजिए, लेकिन मेरी पहले से योजना है|(maaf kiijie, LekiN merii pahLe Se yojNaa hai.)
Becky: First is an expression meaning 'Sorry'
Shakti: [Normal] माफ़ कीजिए [Slow] माफ़ कीजिए(maaf kiijie)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'but'
Shakti: [Normal] लेकिन [Slow] लेकिन(LekiN)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'my'
Shakti: [Normal] मेरी [Slow] मेरी (merii)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'already'
Shakti: [Normal] पहले से [Slow] पहले से (pahLe Se)
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'plans are'
Shakti: [Normal] योजना है [Slow] योजना है(yojNaa hai.)
Becky: Listen again to the formal sentence meaning 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Shakti: [Slow] माफ़ कीजिए, लेकिन मेरी पहले से योजना है| [Normal] माफ़ कीजिए, लेकिन मेरी पहले से योजना है|
Becky: Finally, here is a formal way to say 'Sorry, I can not come.'
Shakti: [Normal] माफ़ कीजिए, मैं नही आ सकता|(maaf kiijie, main Nahiin aa SakTaa.)
Becky: First is an expression meaning 'Sorry'
Shakti: [Normal] माफ़ कीजिए [Slow] माफ़ कीजिए(maaf kiijie)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Shakti: [Normal] मैं [Slow] मैं (main )
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'come'
Shakti: [Normal] आ [Slow] आ (aa)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'can not'
Shakti: [Normal] नही सकता| [Slow] नही सकता|(Nahiin SakTaa)
Becky: Listen again to the formal sentence meaning 'Sorry, I cannot come.'
Shakti: [Slow] माफ़ कीजिए, मैं नही आ सकता| [Normal] माफ़ कीजिए, मैं नही आ सकता|
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Shakti: The Hindi language offers a lot of variation for making refusals, so rather than having standard sayings or phrases when you are turning something down, you can state it as delicately, as nicely, and as charmingly as you want to, to avoid hurting someone's sentiments. People are also less formal about accepting invitations in India, so if you offer a treat or give out invitations, you should expect people to accept easily.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Shakti: अलविदा (aLviDaa)

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Thursday at 06:30 PM
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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

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Sunday at 01:31 PM
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Hi Kakembo,


Thanks for posting!


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Kakembo
Wednesday at 02:08 PM
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Really

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Monday at 02:08 PM
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Hi Kent,


Thanks for posting!


Your sentence is very good, but something is missing :) Try this:


मैं आपका बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद करता/करती हूँ। (main aapakaa bahuT bahuT DHaNyavaaD karaTaa/karaTii huun.)


Besides, do add the comma here: केंट, अमेरिकन


Otherwise, it seems like your name is "Kent American" :)


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kent christiansen
Wednesday at 11:20 AM
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नमस्ते, मैं आपका बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद|

केंट अमेरिकन

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Saturday at 11:10 PM
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Hi Rose,


Thanks for your suggestion.


We’ll consider your feedback for our future development.


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Rose
Saturday at 11:18 PM
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I have a request, i have noted on the examples above you usually use the male form. For me as a beginner, it is not easy to know automatically when to use the famale version.


Example: Main nahi aa saktha/ aa sakthi


Can you adjust your lessons with both versions? That would be very helpful, thank you.

HindiPod101.com
Sunday at 11:14 AM
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Hi Jamie,


Excellent!


Keep learning and all the best!

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Jamie
Friday at 01:58 AM
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nahiin, appka bahut dhanyawaad.

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Monday at 01:02 PM
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Hi Helen,


aapaka bhi bahuT bahuT DHaNyavaaD! Thanks for posting!


If you have any questions, please feel free to post here.


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Helen Bullimore
Sunday at 08:55 PM
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Nahiin apkaa bahuT bahuT DanyavaaD