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namasTe meraa naam preranaa hai. Hi everybody! My name is Prerana. Welcome to HindiPod101.com’s “Learn Hindi in 3 minutes”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Hindi.
In the last lesson, we learned how to introduce ourselves in Hindi. In this lesson, we’re going to learn how to use good manners when we thank people.
kyaa aap taiyaar hain? Are you ready? To chaliye shuru karen. So let’s begin!
There are several ways to thank someone, but let’s start with the easiest. It is just one word:
[slowly] DHanyavaaD
DHanyavaaD means “thank you”.
You can emphasize dhanyavaad by adding bahut, which means “very much”.
So it becomes “bahut dhanyavaad.”
[slowly] bahut dhanyavaad.
In Hindi, there are other ways to express one’s gratitude. Dhanyavaad comes from Sanskrit, and it sounds quite formal. That's why some people prefer to use Urdu expressions, which are felt to be more colloquial.
A more colloquial expression for "Thank you" in Hindi is shukriyaa. Shukriyaa can also be preceded by bahut, which means "very much."
bahuT shukriyaa
(slow) bahuT shukriyaa
So now you’ve learned how to say ‘Thank you’ in Hindi. But how will you reply if someone else says ‘Thank you’ to you?
In Hindi “you’re welcome” is sometimes expressed as svaagat hai.The expression
svaagat hai means "welcome."
(slow) svaagat hai
svaagat hai
You can also respond to someone who has thanked you by using another expression.
This is koii baat nahee, which literally means "It's nothing."
(slow)koii baat nahee
koii baat nahee
So when someone says dhanyavaad to you, you can simply reply with:
svaagat hai or koii baat nahii.
Now it’s time for Prerana’s Points
Just as with the expressions for "Thank you" and "Please," Indians do not always use
"You're welcome" in everyday situations; it is a concept literally translated from
English. Native speakers often show politeness simply by using polite pronouns and verb forms while speaking.
Do you know what phir milenge means? In our next lesson you’ll learn this and other greetings in Hindi!
Shukriyaa aur phir milenge