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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 show gratitude to people by saying dhanyavaad. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in India.
kyaa aap Taiyaar hain? Are you ready?
To chaliye shuru karen! So let’s begin!
Let’s start with a greeting you’re sure to have heard before:
namasTe
This is a word that is so closely associated with India and Indian culture that it has become famous all over the world.
(slow) namasTe
namasTe
The word namasTe is made out of two Sanskrit words- namah and Te, which have been joined to mean "I salute you." We use namasTe as a formal, as well as a friendly, greeting. It’s used when people meet at any time of the day- morning, noon, or evening!
A variation on namaste, which you may or may not have heard before is
namaskar
(slow) namaskar
Use this and you will surely impress your Indian friends.
In Hindi, using different greetings for each time of the day is not very common. When talking with friends, we usually just use the English phrases. But there are equivalent Hindi versions -- they’re just not used that often.
If you meet someone before noon, you can say:
Suprabhaat
(slowly) Suprabhaat
For later in the day, you can say:
Shubh sundhyaa.
(slowly) Shubh sundhyaa.
But most of the time you can just say namasTe and not worry about it!
As we learned in the this lesson, Namaste can mean both "hello" and "good-bye."
However, this is not the only way of saying good-bye in Hindi!
A parting expression that we can use for all occasions is phir milenge, which means
"See you."
(slow) phir milenge
phir milenge
The first word, phir, means "again," and the second word milenge means "We will
meet."
Let's look at one more expression.
“Alvida” is an Urdu word which means "good-bye."
(slow) Alvida
Alvida
It is an appropriate choice when parting for a long time or forever.
Now it’s time for Prerana’s Points.
The easiest way of saying your good-byes in Hindi is by using namaste! Take a slight
bow with folded hands and say namaste!
Namaste and namaskaar both come from Sanskrit and mean something like "I honor you" or I bow to you.
In the next lesson we’ll learn the meaning of the phrase kyaa aap angrezii bolte hain ?Do you already know it? We'll be waiting to talk about it with you in our next Fast Hindi lesson.
Phir milenge!

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