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Manasi: [Namaste hindipod101.com mein swagat hai]
Maya: Hi everyone, I am Maya and welcome to hindipod101.com, all about lesson 15. Pet Phrases from the Hindi Teachers. In this lesson, we will go over our top five favorite phrases.
Manasi: We will choose some phrases that we find interesting and that are also very useful as they are used a lot in India.
Maya: That’s right. So Manasi, what’s our first phrase?

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Manasi: [aap kaise hai?]
Maya: This phrase means how are you? When greeting, Indians like in most cultures ask how the other person is doing. It’s always considered nice and polite to do so.
Manasi: And if your partner doesn’t look so well, you can also add [aap ki tabiyat theek nahi lag rahi hai] which means you don’t look so well.
Maya: In this case, if you are feeling fine, you would say
Manasi: [mein theek hoon, shukriya] which means I am fine, thank you.
Maya: And if you are not feeling so well, your answer would be
Manasi: [haan, meri tabiyat theek nahi hai.]
Maya: What does [haan] mean?
Manasi: Well it means yes. So you are actually saying, yes I don’t feel so well.
Maya: I see. So what’s our next phrase?
Manasi: The next phrase is, okay.
Maya: As you know, okay is an English word that’s commonly used all over India. It makes it simple and easy for us and we don’t need to learn any new word.
Manasi: Yes but another similar word to okay is [theek]. You can add [hai] at the end to make it a complete sentence or even to ask if everything is okay. For example, someone might ask you, [sab theek hai kya?] or [sab okay hai kya?] which means is everything okay.
Maya: And how would you answer that?
Manasi: Well if everything is okay, you might say [sab theek hai] or you can just say [okay hai] or just [haan] which means yes.
Maya: So what’s our next phrase?
Manasi: Well Maya, this next phrase is going to make you popular with everyone.
Maya: And it will actually be useful in many situations. It’s Can I help you.
Manasi: If you are a man, you can say [kya main aap ki madad kar sakta hoon?] and if you are a woman, you might say [kya mein aap ki mada kar sakti hoon?]
Maya: Okay let’s move on to the next phrase.
Manasi: The next one is [kahan hai?]
Maya: Which means where is
Manasi: And you can add a noun at the front of [kahan hai?]. So it can be a person, place or anything for that matter.
Maya: Can you give us an example?
Manasi: Sure. For example, if you are looking for a station, you might say [station kahan hai?]
Maya: Which means where is the station?
Manasi: Yeah and another example would be [kitab kahan hai?]
Maya: Which means where is the book.
Manasi: Yeah it’s very simple. Just add anything that you want to ask for at the beginning of the sentence.
Maya: Okay and our last phrase for this lesson is
Manasi: Something plus [kitne ka hai?] which means how much is it.
Maya: For example,
Manasi: [Kela kitne ka hai?] Here [kela] which is a noun means banana and [kitne ka hai] means what’s the price.
Maya: So [kela kitne ka hai?] means how much is this banana.
Manasi: Yes. Actually this phrase is very useful. You can ask others for something, order food at a restaurant or buy some item in a shop.
Maya: And when the shopkeeper tells you the price and you feel it’s too high, you can just say
Manasi: [thoda jyada hai] or just [jyada hai] which means it’s very expensive or the price is too high.
Maya: And you can also ask whether or not they can make some discounts by saying
Manasi: [thoda kam karenge?] or you can just say [thoda kam karo] which is a little bit informal [thoda kam karo]
Maya: It is very common in India to ask for discounts except for in department stores.
Manasi: Yeah that’s true. They usually hike the price up because they know that you are going to haggle. So it’s always smarter to bargain than not. Otherwise you will be overcharged most of the time.
Maya: So there you have it. Five phrases that we find very useful and have now passed on to you.
Manasi: Try using them next time you have a conversation in Hindi. Listeners, are you looking for a word definition.
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Manasi: Go to hindipod101.com and try it now.
Maya: See you next time.
Manasi: [fir milenge] Goodbye.