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Namaste! Hello and welcome to Hindi Survival Phrases brought to you by HindiPod101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to India. You will be surprised at how far a little Hindi will go.
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Survival Phrases lesson 3 - Getting What You Want Using Hindi
Today's phrase will help you take matters into your own hands! In today's lesson, we'll look at how to ask for something politely.
In Hindi, there is a word for "please," although it's practically never heard in the everyday context. This is कृपया| (KRipyaa).
Let’s break it down by syllable: कृपया| (KRipyaa)
Now let's hear it once again: कृपया| (KRipyaa)
You will only hear this word in very formal contexts.
Anyway, if you need anything, the easiest way to ask for it politely is to point at it while saying the expression यह दीजिये| (yah Diijiye), which means "Give this to me, please." When using the respectful imperative form, दीजिये (Diijiye), we don't need to specify कृपया| (KRipyaa) to make it sound polite in Hindi because this form already implies politeness.
Let's look at the word for "this." In Hindi, "this" is यह (yah).
यह (yah)
A colloquial way to say "this" when asking for something is यह वाला| (yah vaalaa). The first part, यह (yah), means "this," and we can translate the final part, वाला (-vaalaa), as "the one."
This form is not very grammatically correct, but it's very common and can be very useful when asking for something.
Let’s break it down by syllable: यह वाला| (yah vaalaa)
यह वाला| (yah vaalaa)
Looking at the word for "this" warrants a look at the word for "that," which is वह (vah).
वह (vah)
The phrase "Give that to me, please," is वह दीजिये| (vah Diijiye).
Let’s break it down by syllable: वह दीजिये| (vah Diijiye)
Now let's hear it once again: वह दीजिये| (vah Diijiye)


Okay, to close out today's lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You'll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so गुड लक! (guud Lak!), which means "good luck" in Hindi.
"Please." - KRipyaa
"Give this to me, please." - yah Diijiye
yah Diijiye
yah Diijiye
"Give that to me, please." - vah Diijiye
vah Diijiye
vah Diijiye
"this (colloquial)." - yah vaalaa
yah vaalaa
yah vaalaa
All right. That’s is going to do it for today. Remember to stop by HindiPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
फिर मिलेंगे (phir milenge), goodbye!