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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:
DHanyavaaD
[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

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HindiPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Thursday at 12:22 am
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Hi Muhammad Afghan and Johann,

Thank you for your question Muhammad. Hindi and Urdu certainly have a unique relationship.

You are partially right Johann - a lot of the colloquial Hindi spoken in northern parts of India, around Delhi, Punjab shares much of its vocabulary with Urdu. This is because people speak a mix of Hindi and Urdu, sometimes called “Hindustani” speech. This is partly due to the influence of Urdu poetry on Hindi movies (Bollywood) which in turn affects colloquial speech a lot.

However, in other regions of Hindi, the vocabulary uses more words of Sanskritic origin that are not present in Urdu. The greater difference is in formal or advanced Hindi, which is very different from formal or advanced Urdu. Urdu tends toward Persian and Arabic vocabulary, whereas Hindi uses vocabulary mostly of Sanskritic origin. The basic structure and grammar are certainly common, but the scripts and the higher vocabulary are not.

I hope that answers your questions. A lot of people have different opinions on this topic, on the origin and history of the languages, that you could explore more if you are interested,

Best,
Udita
Team HindiPod101.com

Johann
Wednesday at 11:21 pm
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Hello zaidi130,

as far as I can see, the biggest difference lies in writing, in India (and some other countries where Hindi is spoken) people rely on Devanagari (from Sanskrit), Urdu uses Arabic script and is written from right to left. Apart from this, both languages share about 95 % of their vocabulary. So, you could say that both Hindi and Urdu are the same language or, to be more precise: they are VARIETIES of the same language.

Kind regards

Johann

Muhammad Afghan
Saturday at 10:25 pm
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What is the difference Between Hindi and Urdu ? !

Sunday at 11:01 pm
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Hello zaidi1300,

Unfortunately I have never been to Pakistan so I cannot provide much information on that. Hope you find some useful links online.

Cheers,
Neha
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Saturday at 7:01 pm
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what is the best city in pakistan?

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NamasTe,