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Manasi: [Namaste hindipod101.com mein swagat hai]
Maya: Hi everyone, Maya here and welcome to hindipod101.com, all about lesson 13. Top Five Hindi Phrases Your Teacher Will Never Teach You. I am telling you right now, this lesson is really fun.
Manasi: Because we will go over some phrases that your Hindi teacher may never teach you.
Maya: Now we don’t want you to get the wrong idea. You won’t find any swear words or anything like that here.
Manasi: No just some Hindi phrases that are a little too slangy to be introduced in a classroom.
Maya: Still you do need to be very careful when using these expressions. Indian society is very complicated and there are many situations where using any kind of slang will be inappropriate and might offend. These are words though you will encounter in big cities mostly in colleges or on the road or even in Bollywood movies.
Manasi: So if you are ready to learn some fun Hindi words, let’s get started.

Lesson focus

Maya: The first phrase we will go over is great, awesome.
Manasi: [jhakas]
Maya: This expression means awesome, great, cool or wow.
Manasi: The word is used by men and women in the same way.
Maya: You say it when you really think that something or someone is cool.
Manasi: For example, you see a super cool race car drive past you and you might just say
Maya: [jakkash]
Manasi: [hai] can be added at the end to make it a complete sentence. Example [jakkash hai]
Maya: Right which means it’s awesome. And next we have
Manasi: [dhedh shaahna]
Maya: Over smart.
Manasi: [dhedh shaahna]
Maya: Now be careful whom you say this to. In fact, it might even be better if you don’t use this one at all but it’s a good one to know anyway. Depending on the situation and how it’s used, this word can come off as a strong insult or just as a playful joke.
Manasi: That’s right. It all depends on how the person uses it I think.
Maya: If you are really angry and you call someone [dhedh shaahna], that’s pretty harsh.
Manasi: But if you are just joking around with your friends and you use it, it just comes off as playful. The tone would be soft like [dhedh shaahna] and it will be just a joke.
Maya: Okay next we have
Manasi: [chuna lagana]
Maya: To cheat.
Manasi: [chuna lagana]
Maya: Do you know [chuna lagana] actually means to whitewash.
Manasi: Exactly. Actually the real meaning of this word is to whitewash and therefore the expression refers to the act of making something blank like white wall in order to conceal something else.
Maya: So it really means something like to cheat somebody cleverly.
Manasi: Yeah that’s right but in general, you can hear [usne chuna lagaya] meaning he cheated somebody without the other person even knowing.
Maya: Again, sometimes it may be part of a joke and other times, it may be serious.
Manasi: Exactly. If your friend has cheated you just for fun, you can tease him or her with this word.
Maya: Now next we have
Manasi: [locha]
Maya: And what does [locha] mean?
Manasi: Well it means some trouble or problem. For example, you might hear [kuch locha hai kya?] which means is there some trouble?
Maya: It’s used to refer to either big or small problems or any kind of human mistakes.
Manasi: Yes. It is commonly used for that. Actually [locha] originally means something messy.
Maya: I see. So it’s like saying what a mess!
Manasi: Yeah sure something like that.
Maya: Okay and on to the next expression.
Manasi: [ji haan]
Maya: This is an expression that helps to show you are paying attention when someone else is talking.
Manasi: [ji haan] means yeah or I know.
Maya: But please be careful. This doesn’t show that the listeners are agreeing with you. They just want to assure you that they are listening and still keeping up with the conversation.
Manasi: Are there any other similar expressions?
Maya: Yeah there is another one. [achcha]
Manasi: This means yeah, I know. It expresses agreement.
Maya: And you can also say hmm which means okay or yeah.
Manasi: But what if you are surprised?
Maya: Then you can just say like hmm
Manasi: [achcha]
Maya: Yeah that’s correct.
Manasi: Next.
Maya: Next I would like to talk about words or phrases that are commonly used among young people.
Manasi: Young people do tend to be on the cutting edge of things after all. What’s a good example?
Maya: Well this one is a personal favorite [bindass] You can hear the word [bindass] being used among students. It actually means relaxing or carefree.
Maya: Like for happy go lucky people.
Manasi: Yeah. There is also very famous bollywood song starting from this word [bindass]. Another slang word is [rapchik]
Maya: Which also means cool, wow, amazing or great right?
Manasi: Yeah but this word is mostly used among young guys in college.
Maya: Of course. Now next we have
Manasi: [bakwass]
Maya: [bakwass] You mean when someone is talking nonsense?
Manasi: Yeah that’s right but youngsters in India use this word as slang and you can also hear this word in Hindi movies.
Maya: Aha!
Manasi: So if you want to tell someone to shut up, simply use the words [bakwass bandh karo.]
Maya: But Manasi, that seems a little too strong, doesn’t it?
Manasi: Yeah. So be careful when you use it. It might be good if you use it only among friends.
Maya: I see and now, the next word.
Manasi: Actually this is a funny one, it’s [load]
Maya: You mean weight or something?
Manasi: Yeah it has an English origin. The word [load] actually means tension.
Maya: In the sense of to have stress.
Manasi: Yeah something like that.
Maya: For example,
Manasi: Well for example, [load mat le] which actually means don’t stress out or just chill and you might say it to your friend or you know, somebody you know really well. [load mat le]
Maya: [achcha] So I think all of these phrases are good to know even if you don’t use them. Just knowing them is good for when you come across them because believe us, you will come across them at some point.
Manasi: Dear listeners, are you ever pressed for time?
Maya: Listen to the dialogue lesson recap.
Manasi: These audio tracks only contain the target lesson dialogue.
Maya: So you can quickly recap a lesson.
Manasi: Spend a few minutes learning on days when you don’t have time to study a full lesson.
Maya: The audio tracks are just a few minutes long.
Manasi: But you will still pick up key Hindi phrases along the way.


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Manasi: And listen to this lesson’s dialogue only audio track. So till then, [fir milenge] goodbye.
Maya: See you.