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Manasi: [Namaste,Hindipod101.com mein swagat hai.]
Maya: Welcome to Basic Bootcamp Lesson 1. Basic Greetings in Hindi. This is the first lesson in the five part series that will help you ease your way into Hindi.
Manasi: Now Maya, Bootcamp sounds a little scary.
Maya: Yeah I am sure it does have that image but we promise you that it’s not. We will have fun going over all the basics to help you understand Hindi in a quick and easy way. What will we be learning in this lesson?
Manasi: How to say hello in Hindi and how to introduce yourself.
Maya: We will be listening to a conversation between two people meeting for the first time. This is a conversation you will have many times.
Manasi: Definitely. It is very important.
Maya: Now let’s listen to the conversation.
A: नमस्ते|मेरा नाम मानसी है| आप से मिलकर खुशी हुई|
B: मेरा नाम माया है| आप से मिलकर खुशी हुई|
Maya: Now let’s hear it one time slowly.
A: नमस्ते|मेरा नाम मानसी है| आप से मिलकर खुशी हुई|
B: मेरा नाम माया है| आप से मिलकर खुशी हुई|
Maya: And one more time with the translation.
Manasi: नमस्ते|मेरा नाम मानसी है| आप से मिलकर खुशी हुई|
Manasi: Hello, my name is Manasi. Nice to meet you.
Maya: मेरा नाम माया है| आप से मिलकर खुशी हुई|
Maya: My name is Maya, nice to meet you.
Maya: So Manasi, what do people in India do when they first meet? Is there any sort of custom?
Manasi: Well Maya, India has different customs according to the region.
Maya: You means customs vary from East to West and North to South?
Manasi: That’s right but the most common way to greet someone is by saying [Namaste]. You can use it anywhere in India.
Maya: You can combine this with the [Namaste] gesture too by pressing your palms together near your chest and bowing.
Manasi: This Indian greeting shows respect.
Maya: And how about shaking hands?
Manasi: Indian people don’t usually shake hands. You are much better off by doing the [Namaste] gesture when meeting someone other than people you aren’t familiar with or higher than you in status.
Maya: But how about in a business situation?
Manasi: Well in a business situation, you might want to use a handshake especially if the people you are meeting are used to dealing with people from western countries but you know what, it would show an extra level of politeness and cultural sensitivity if you did the [Namaste] gesture instead of shaking hands.
Maya: Really. Okay let’s now take a close look at some of the vocabulary from this lesson. First we have...
Manasi: [Namaste]
Maya: Hello.
Manasi: [Na-mas-te]
Maya: And next we have
Manasi: [Mera]
Maya: My.
Manasi: [Me-ra]
Maya: Okay. And next,
Manasi: [Naam]
Maya: Name.
Manasi: [Na-am]
Maya: And next
Manasi: [Milkar]
Maya: To meet.
Manasi: [Mil-kar]
Maya: Okay. And next is,
Manasi: [Khushi]
Maya: Happy.
Manasi: [Khu-shi]
Maya: Next.
Manasi: [Hai]
Maya: Is.
Manasi: [Hai]
Maya: And finally we have
Manasi: [Aap]
Maya: You.
Manasi: [Aap]
Maya: So we already went over the word for hello.
Manasi: Yes. You can say [Namaste] whether you are a male or a female.
Maya: And after that, I thought I heard the English word name.
Manasi: Well Maya, you are not far off. We use the word [Naam] which is quite similar to the word name in English.
Maya: Well that should be easy to remember but what about the word that came before it in the conversation?
Manasi: Yes [Mera]. This is a word like the English word my. When talking about your name, you can use the word [Mera] whether you are a male or a female. [Mera naam] is the same whether you are a boy or a girl.
Maya: That should make things pretty simple and after that, we use the word [Milkar] which means to meet.
Manasi: Yes. This word describes when you meet someone for the first time.
Maya: And you can use it to talk about any other time you meet not just the first time.
Manasi: That’s right Maya.
Maya: And finally, we have the word [Khushi]
Manasi: Which means happy or a pleasure. When used here in the phrase [Aap se milkar khushi hui] it has the same feeling of nice in nice to meet you or it was a pleasure to meet you.
Maya: So in Hindi to say, nice to meet you, you can say
Manasi: [Aap se milkar khushi hui]
Maya: Regardless of whether you are a male or a female.

Lesson focus

Maya: All right. Let’s now take a look at the grammar behind self introductions. In the dialogue, Manasi said,
Manasi: [Mera naam Manasi hai]
Maya: My name is Manasi. [Mera naam] as we mentioned means my name. So what’s Manasi?
Manasi: Why that’s a name like Maya or Ram or Rakhi or anything.
Maya: Okay so the sentence so far is [Mera naam Manasi hai]. My name Manasi, where is the is in the sentence?
Manasi: That is the word [Hai] is very much like the English ‘is’.
Maya: In Hindi, the word order is different than in English. In the sentence, the verb comes at the end after the name Manasi. So please repeat.
Manasi: [Mera naam Manasi hai]
Maya: My name is Manasi. So would I say [Mera naam Maya hai] to say my name is Maya.
Manasi: Yes and my friend Ram who is a guy would say [Mera naam Ram hai] to say my name is Ram.
Maya: So just replace the word before [Hai] with your name and you can give a complete self introduction.
Manasi: And this structure with [Hai] at the end of the sentence is a very common one in Hindi.
Maya: So we will be using it many times I suppose.
Manasi: Yes as often as you use the verb to be in English.
Maya: I am sure that will be very useful.


Manasi: So Maya, how was your first Hindi basic bootcamp lesson?
Maya: Is it already over? Well that was fun and I already feel I can speak so much Hindi. Well listeners, join us for the next lesson and you will master the basics of Hindi in no time. Like our podcasts?
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Manasi: [Fir milenge] Goodbye.
Maya: Goodbye.