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Manasi: [Namaste hindipod101.com mein swagat hai]
Maya: Welcome to all about lesson 5. The Five Most Important Phrases for Learning Hindi. In this lesson, we are taking years of experience in India and boiling it down to a few essential phrases that are a great place to start in Hindi.
Manasi: Yes. In this lesson, we will introduce you to five phrases that will help you every day.
Maya: Yes. Words that you will be really glad you learned. We will teach you not only the phrases but most importantly when and where to use them. Let’s listen to the first phrase.

Lesson focus

Manasi: [namaskar] or [namaste].
Maya: [namaskar] or [namaste] in Hindi are equivalent to hello which can be used at any time of the day.
Manasi: You can add the name of the person before or after the phrase to make it a full sentence like [namaste Sunil ji] or [namaskar Maya ji]
Maya: Do you know the root of this popular word?
Manasi: Yes it is from the Sanskrit words [namah] and [te].
Maya: And what do they mean?
Manasi: They mean I bow to you.
Maya: Wow! It has a great meaning.
Manasi: That’s correct and [namaste] is used as a friendly greeting in written communication or generally between people when they meet. It can be said while pressing your palms together near your chest and bowing. You do it when you meet a person who is older or more senior in rank.
Maya: I see. So do I need to do it with my Indian friends as well?
Manasi: You don’t need to but we do it in business situations instead of shaking hands as well.
Maya: Oh yes, I have heard about that.
Manasi: Well, let’s look at the second phrase [kripya]
Maya: It’s a good phrase to use to say if you are trying to make your way through a crowd or something.
Manasi: If you ever visit any Hindi festival, you should keep this word at the forefront of your brain because you might need it when requesting something.
Maya: This is true and also you use it when you want someone to wait for you.
Manasi: Now the correct pronunciation is [kripya] but you might hear some people say [kurpiya]
Maya: Yeah. You do hear this a lot.
Manasi: [kripya] in English is please.
Maya: Can we hear it again?
Manasi: Sure. [kri-pya]
Maya: [kripya] Okay let’s now go to the next phrase.
Manasi: [fir milenge]
Maya: [fir milenge] means see you again.
Manasi: It is used the same way as in English, see you again.
Maya: So [fir milenge]
Manasi: That’s right [fir milenge] see you again.
Maya: Okay let’s go to the next phrase.
Manasi: [dhanyawad]
Maya: [dhanyawad] means thank you.
Manasi: Indian people are very helpful and cooperative. So we use this phrase all the time everywhere.
Maya: That’s so true. People using it all the time, the tone of [dhanyawad] is soft. It would be better if you smile while saying [dhanyawad].
Manasi: [dhan-ya-wad]
Maya: That’s nice. Okay next phrase.
Manasi: [maaf kijiye]
Maya: Uh this one is big. You hear this one all the time. The nuance of this phrase varies a little bit depending on the situation but I think the underlying message is sorry or excuse me.
Manasi: You can ask for any excuse by just adding [ji nahi] to the item.
Maya: Which means no thank you. It’s a pretty easy way to say no to something.
Manasi: It is also pretty easy way to apologize for something.
Maya: When you get more into business Hindi, you will find that it’s used more before offering and opposing point of view.
Manasi: Offering an apology can be difficult sometimes but you can make it easy by just using [maaf kijiye]
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Manasi: [fir milenge] Goodbye.
Maya: Goodbye.