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Neha: "Namaste," I'm Neha" and welcome to the Absolute Beginner Series, Lesson 6, Hindi Numbers from 11-20.
Maya: "Namaste," I'm Maya.
Neha: In this lesson you'll learn how to count numbers from 11 to 20.
Maya: The conversation takes place at a a roadside.
Neha: It's between two strangers, Riya and Manisha.
Maya: Riya is asking for directions and they will be speaking formal Hindi since they don't know each other.
Neha: Let's listen to their conversation.

Lesson conversation

रिया: मकान नम्बर बीस कहाँ है?
मनिशा: वह यहाँ से थोड़ा दूर है।
रिया: बस जाएगी?
मनिशा: जी हाँ। बस नम्बर बारह लीजिए।
Maya: Now let's listen to the same conversation at a slow speed.
Riyaa:Makaan nambar bees kahaan hai?
Manishaa: Voh yahaan se thoraa door hai.
Riyaa: Bas jaaegaa?
Manishaa: Jee haan. Bas nambar baarah leejie.
Neha: Let's now listen to the conversation with English translation.
रिया: मकान नम्बर बीस कहाँ है?
Neha: " Where is house number 20?"
मनिशा: वह यहाँ से थोड़ा दूर है।
Maya: "It's a little far from here."
रिया: बस जाएगा?
Neha: "Will the bus go?"
मनिशा: जी हाँ। बस नम्बर बारह लीजिए।
Maya: "Yes. Please take bus number 12."
Neha: In Lesson 5 we learned how to count Hindi numbers from 0 to 10.
Maya: And now we'll continue with numbers from 11 to 20.
Neha: They're all extremely important to know since our everyday life is flooded with numbers!
Maya: That's so true. We use it on addresses, on phone numbers, for determining prices..
Neha: But you know, in India, numbers play such a big role in the lives of students.
Maya: How do you mean?
Neha: You see, unlike in most American and British education systems where students are graded A,B,C, and D, in most of the South Asian countries, they are graded by their percentage, or marks they get in their exams.
Maya: Really?
Neha: Yes and the competition is very fierce among students to get higher marks so that they can get into prestigious colleges.
Maya: That's the same anywhere right? I guess though in most other countries they look at things other than your marks or numbers.
Neha: It is also a matter of family pride and parents often compare each other's children's marks and rankings in class.
Maya: Wow, there must be so much pressure on all those students to get good marks.
Neha: Yes, I suppose so.
Maya: W well, let's move to our vocabulary section. We'll go over the words that were used in the conversation.
Neha: We'll first say the words at natural speed, then a bit slower, and finally we'll give you the meaning.
Maya: Our first word is…
Neha: मकान "makaan," "ma-kaan," "makaan…"
Maya: Which means "house."
Neha: Next, we have नम्बर "nambar," "nam-bar," "nambar…"
Maya: Which means "number."
Neha: Then is बीस "bees," "bee-s," "bees…"
Maya: Which is the number "twenty."
Neha: Next is कहाँ "kahaan," "ka-haan," "kahaan…"
Maya: Which means "where."
Neha: Then is, थोड़ा "thoraa," "tho-raa," "thoraa…"
Maya: Which means "little."
Neha: Next is दूर "door," "do-or," "door…"
Maya: Which means "far."
Neha: Next we have बस "bas," "bas," "bas…"
Maya: Which means "bus."
Neha: Next is बारह "baarah," "baa-rah," "baarah…"
Maya: Which means "twelve."
Neha: Next we have जाएगा "jaaegaa," "jaa-e-gaa," "jaaegaa…"
Maya: Which means "will go."
Neha: And finally, we have लीजिए "leejie," "lee-ji-e," "leejie…"
Maya: Which is the number "please take."
Neha: Okay, let's talk about some of these words.
Maya: नम्बर is an English word that has been adopted by the Indians and is commonly used by everyone.
Neha: In fact, there are so many English words that have been well integrated into the Hindi language.
Maya: Like bus, phone, TV, microwave, computer, in short most of the modern technological inventions.
Neha: Yes, but for others, like "number," there is also a Hindi word.
Maya: Which is…
Neha: अंक
Maya: Actually. this word is also used pretty regularly. So, you can use अंक or नम्बर interchangeably.
Neha: But, you wouldn't say "telephone ank" instead of "telephone number."
Maya: Even for "house number," you wouldn't say "makaan ank," you'd say "makaan number."
Neha: It sounds more natural in these cases to use "number" and not "ank."
Maya: I guess the trick is to just get used to the natural way of speech.
Neha: The more you hear, the more you learn!
Maya: Yes, moving on, we have another word, "please take."
Neha: लीजिए
Maya: Here the actual word for "please," which is "kripaya," is not used but is implied in the verb.
Neha: कृपया लीजिए literally means, "Please take," but it is not necessary to add कृपया while speaking.
Maya: Addng it or not has the same meaning and effect.
Neha: Let's take another sentence, - धीरे बोलिए
Maya: Which means "Please talk slower."
Neha: You can also say कृपया धीरे बोलिए to mean the same thing.
Maya: But the phrase धीरे बोलिए on its own without कृपया has the same meaning and effect.

Lesson focus

Neha: Yes. Let's now focus on counting numbers from 11 to 20.
Maya: But before we get right into it, why don't we recap numbers from 0 to 10?
Neha: Good idea! Okay, listeners, please repeat after me… शून्य एक दो तीन चार पाँच छः सात आठ नौ दस
Maya: Great. Now let's continue with our new numbers.
Neha: We'll first say the number in English and then in Hindi, - first at natural speed and then a bit slower.
Maya: First is - "eleven."
Neha: ग्यारह "gyaarah," "gyaa-rah," "gyaarah."
Maya: "Twelve."
Neha: बारह "baarah," "baa-rah," "baarah."
Maya: "Thirteen."
Neha: तेरह "terah," "te-rah," "terah."
Maya: "Fourteen."
Neha: चौदह "caudah," "cau-dah," "caudah."
Maya: "Fifteen."
Neha: पन्द्रह "pandrah," "pan-drah," "pandrah."
Maya: "Sixteen."
Neha: सोलह " solah," "so-lah," "solah."
Maya: "Seventeen."
Neha: सत्रह " satrah," "sat-rah," "satrah."
Maya: "Eighteen."
Neha: अठारह "athaarah," "athaa-rah," "athaarah."
Maya: "Nineteen."
Neha: उन्नीस " unness," "un-ness," "unness."
Maya: And lastly, "twenty."
Neha: बीस "bees," "bee-s," "bees."
Maya: Great! Let's go over them once more time.
Neha: Sure…, ग्यारह बारह तेरह चौदह पन्द्रह सोलह सत्रह अठारह उन्नीस बीस
Maya: So are you all ready for some examples?
Neha: Okay. ग्यारह आदमी…
Maya: Means "“eleven men."
Neha: उन्नीस किताबें…
Maya: Means "nineteen books."
Neha: सोलह केले…
Maya: Means "sixteen bananas."
Neha: Well, that's all for our lesson. These numbers will come in handy so we hope that you spend a good time memorizing them.
Maya: There's no other way. But be sure to read the lesson notes for more examples!
Neha: Thank you for listening.
Maya: Until next time!
Neha: "Shukriyaa aur fir milenge!"


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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A challenge for you: can you count backward from 20 in Hindi?

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Sunday at 01:00 PM
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Hi Suresh,

Thanks for your post!

We will review and correct, if required.

In the meanwhile, if you are referring to any specific word/phrase/sentence, please do point in the comment section.

All the best!


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Wednesday at 01:48 PM
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Sunday at 11:28 AM
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Hi Ellysia,

Thanks for your question!

The Google Translator is correct :)

In Hindi, "cauDaah" (चौदाह) is 14 and "paNDrah" (पंद्रह) is 15.

All the best!


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Saturday at 06:01 AM
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Hey! When i'm using the online translator for hindi, I typed in mera caudah hoon. (I am fifteen). However, it said I was saying I am 14.

I then, out of curiosity tried mera pandrah hoon (I am 16) and the translator said I was saying I am 15.

Is the online google translator using a different hindi dialect where each number is actually the one above it? Why did it do that?

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Tuesday at 06:03 PM
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Hello Bredo Erichsen,

Thank you! The numbers where you hear the "a" sound, are ones that have number names ending in "ah", like ग्यारह "gyaarah" (11) and बारह "baarah" (12). The "ah" is pronounced in the end, and sounds like "a".

Hope that answers your question!



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Bredo Erichsen
Saturday at 11:54 AM
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Great material and course! I wonder about the numbers where you pronounce a clear "a" at the end. Is that always the case? I thought it was not pronounced in the end of the word?

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Tuesday at 12:21 AM
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Hello Ian,

That's great! बहुत अच्छी बात है!

Let us know if you have any questions.



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Sunday at 07:01 PM
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Re: उल्टी गिनती? count backwards? हाँ। धीरे-धीरे। - Yes. Gradually.

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Tuesday at 04:07 PM
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Hello Banuta,

Apologies for the late reply. 'vah' means 'that' ,

'yahaan se' means 'from here',

'thoda door' means 'little far'. So together it means 'That is a little far from here'.

Hope you got it now :)



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Friday at 11:43 AM
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Hello Thorsten,

I understand how even a simple yet new word can make the sentence so complicated if you don't know the meaning of that word.

Also, just want to let you know there is another series called the 'Introduction' series which is just above the 'absolute beginner series'. Please have a look at that too, it might help you. Also we will try to add the new words not introduced before in the lesson notes.

Thank you for the feedback!



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