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Maya: "Namaste," I'm Maya. Welcome back to HindiPod101.com. This is Lower Beginner, Season 1, Lesson 3 - Ordinal Numbers in Hindi.
Udita: "Namaste," I'm Udita. In this lesson you'll learn Ordinal Numbers in Hindi.
Maya: The conversation takes place in an elevator.
Udita: It's between Kate and Kanika who are neighbors, and are meeting in the elevator for the first time.
Maya: Since they are strangers, they’ll be using formal Hindi.
Udita: Let's listen to the conversation.
Maya: As we know, neighbours are part of our daily lives in India.
Udita: Right! And one of the most endearing things about having an Indian neighbour is that they are generally very warm, hospitable and friendly.
Maya: You know, gradually they will become as close as family. They meet almost every day, and drop in anytime they feel like it.
Udita: Most Indians live in a joint family. You will often find the parents, children, grandchildren, cousins and others all staying together. So each one of them would have a special bond with the neighbours of their own age.
Maya: It gets difficult for the younger generation when their parents have the neighbours come over almost every day to chitchat over a cup of tea.
Udita: They tend to get overly friendly and discuss the lives of each other’s children.They often compare them with other children when it comes to studies, jobs, and marriages.
Maya: Yes, that’s true. As you can imagine, it sometimes annoys the younger generation!
Udita: And also, this often creates unwanted social pressure on the child to do exceedingly well in their life.
Maya: Okay, onto the vocab.
Maya: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Udita: First we have मंजिल which means “story” or “level of a building”.
Maya: मंजिल can also mean “destination” depending on its usage in the sentence.
Udita: कौनसा/कौनसे/कौनसी means “which? And since मंजिल is a feminine noun, we will use कौनसी .
Maya: What is the Hindi word for “to live”?
Udita: It is रहना, which means the “place of staying”. We add ती tee to the root of the verb when the Subject is Feminine Singular, or Plural. Adding this suffix shows a repetitive action.
Maya: Next we have पड़ोसी which means “neighbor”.
Udita: So I would say मेरा पड़ोसी to refer to my neighbor in singular masculine, मेरे पड़ोसी for “my neighbor” in plural masculine and plural feminine and मेरी पड़ोसन in singular feminine.
Udita: But padosi is also a general term used to refer to neighbors no matter the number and gender of the noun. So the same word can be used for one person or many, for masculine or feminine nouns. It all depends upon its usage in the sentence.
Udita: Right, just like we saw in our conversation.
Maya: What is the word for neighborhood?
Udita: It is pados! You can easily remember it as it is very similar to padosi, which we just learned. Next we have तीसरी, which means “third.”
Maya: पर is a postposition which is used to denote location or position, point of time of an action, sequence of actions, cause or reason, and the object of verbs. For example, “on the table” would be?
Udita: मेज़ पर
Maya: “on time” would be ?
Udita: समय पर
Maya: Similarly, तीसरी मंजिल पर would mean “on the third floor”.
Udita: Okay, let’s move on to the grammar.

Lesson focus

Maya: In this lesson, you’re going to learn Ordinal Numbers in Hindi.
Udita: Ordinal numbers are the words representing the rank of a number with respect to some order, in a particular order or position.
Maya: Just like we have first, second, third, fourth and so on in English, we have ordinals in Hindi too.
Udita: The first six ordinals are
Maya: पहला pahla, ‘first’
Udita: दूसरा Dusra, ‘second’
Maya: तीसरा Teesra, ‘third’
Udita: चौथा CHautha, ‘fourth’
Maya: पांचवा paanCHva, ‘fifth’
Udita: छठा CHHatha, ‘sixth.’
Maya: The suffix - वा va is added to the Hindi numerals from “seven” onwards to make ordinals - सातवा saTva ‘seventh’
Udita: आठवा athva ,‘eighth’
Maya: नौवा nava ‘ninth’
Udita: दसवा Dasva ‘tenth’
Maya: बीसवा beesva ‘twentieth’
Udita: सौवा sauva ‘hundredth’; etc.
Maya: An important thing to remember is that the ordinal numbers change forms according to the gender of the noun.
Udita: If it’s a feminine noun, then we generally replace the aa with ee. So pehla becomes pehli.
Maya: Similarly, dusra becomes dusri and so on. And if it’s a masculine noun, it stays the same. But keep in mind that this rule doesn't work all the time.
Udita: Let's listen to some examples.
Maya: Okay. “First car" would be?
Udita: पहली गाड़ी. पहली mean “first” and गाड़ी means “car”. So altogether, you can say पहली गाड़ी.
Maya: "fifth shop" would be?
Udita: पांचवी दूकान
Maya: "second house." would be?
Udita: दूसरा घर
Maya: “seventh month” would be?
Udita: सातवा महिना
Maya: Let's see how this grammar point was used in the dialogue.
Udita: Kate says तीसरी मंजिल पर| TiiSarii maNziL par, which means "on the third floor".
Maya: Kanika also used an ordinal number. She says - मैं भी तीसरी मंजिल पर हूँ | main bhi TiiSarii maNziL par hoon, which means “I am also on the third floor.”


Udita: Well, that's all for this lesson.
Maya: Be sure to read the lesson notes for more examples!
Udita: Listeners, can you say “This is my first job” in Hindi? Try to create this sentence and leave it as a comment at HindiPod101.com.
Maya: Thank you for listening. Until next time!
Udita: "Shukriyaa aur fir milenge!"


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi everyone!

What are your top three things you like the most about India?

Thursday at 02:09 PM
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I think मंजिल is misspelled. Shouldn't it be मंज़िल ?

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Monday at 01:43 PM
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Hi Kakembo,

Thanks for your post!

Excellent sentence. Just replace the "huun" (हूँ) with "hai" (है) and you are all set!

I hope this helps!


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Wednesday at 02:38 PM
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यह मेरा पहला काम हुँ

Shukriya too

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Wednesday at 02:15 PM
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Hi Andy,

Thanks for posting!

I don't think it was a reference to the movie 😁 But your observation is definitely good!

All the best!


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Wednesday at 02:12 PM
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Hi Shreyaa,

Thanks for posting!

Excellent sentences there! Just a few corrections:

१.मुझे भारत के लोग पसंद हैं।

२.मुझे भारतीय फ़िल्में पसंद हैं।

३.मुझे भारतीय करी बहुत पसंद है।

All the best!


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Thursday at 10:06 AM
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"Teesri manzil", nah? Is that any refference to the movie with the same name? 😄

Saturday at 02:29 AM
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१.मुझे भारत की लोगों पसंद है।

२.मुझे भारतीय films पसंद है।

३.मुझे भारतीय करी बहुत पसंद है।

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Thursday at 10:08 PM
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Hi Alice,

Thanks for posting.

That is excellent. You are doing great!

Keep learning!


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Sunday at 07:19 AM
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पहली बात: मुझे मानवता पसंद है

दूसरी बात: मुझे प्रकृति और इतिहास पसंद है

तीसरी बात: मुझे खाना पसंद है

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Friday at 02:00 PM
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Hi Ragavi,

Thanks for your post!

Did you mean to say "this is your first work"? If yes, please try this:

yah meraa pahaLaa kaam hai.

If not, just let us know what you meant to say, and we will surely help.

All the best!


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