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A: Top 25 Hindi Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 5: Do you speak Hindi? (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Hindi learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question ""Do you speak Hindi?"" In Hindi this is
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते हैं?
The first word in the question is
B: क्या
A: ""meaning do"" in English.
B: (Slow, by syllable) क्या
A: Listen again and repeat.
B: क्या
{Pause}
A: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
B: आप
A: meaning you .
B: (Slow, by syllable) आप
A: Now repeat.
B: आप
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: क्या आप
{pause}
And after that
B: हिंदी
A: meaning hindi.
B: (Slow, by syllable) हिंदी
A: Now repeat.
B: हिंदी
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
B: क्या आप हिंदी
{pause}
And after that
B: बोलते
A: meaning speak.
B: (Slow, by syllable) बोलते
A: Now repeat.
B: बोलते
{Pause}
Listen to the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते
{pause}
And after that
B: हैं
A: meaning do.
B: (Slow, by syllable) हैं
A: Now repeat.
B: हैं
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते हैं
{pause}
A: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Do you speak Hindi??
B: हाँ, मै थोड़ी बोलती हूँ
A: ""Yes, I speak a little.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) हाँ, मै थोड़ी बोलती हूँ
{pause}
To say ""no"", in a simple way, just say:
B: नहीं मै नहीं बोलती
A: Which is like saying No, I don’t speak in English. Let's hear it slowly.
B: (Slowly) नहीं मै नहीं बोलती
A: And one more time at normal speed:
B: नहीं मै नहीं बोलती
A: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
B: हाँ
A: meaning yes.
B: (Slow, by syllable) हाँ
A: Now repeat
B: हाँ
{Pause}
A: And after that
B: मै
meaning I .
B: (Slow, by syllable) मै
A:Now repeat.
B: मै
{Pause}
A: And after that
B: थोड़ी
meaning little.
B: (Slow, by syllable) थोड़ी
A:Now repeat.
B: थोड़ी
{Pause}
A: And after that
B: बोलती
meaning speak .
B: (Slow, by syllable) बोलती
A:Now repeat.
B: बोलती
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, Yes, I speak a little., and then repeat.
B: हाँ, मै थोड़ी बोलती हूँ
{pause}
A: To make another phrase, replace a little with not at all.
B: बिलकुल नहीं
A: not at all
B: (slow) बिलकुल नहीं (regular) बिलकुल नहीं
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with not at all
B: नहीं, मै बिलकुल नहीं बोलती हूँ
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace a little. Say Yes, I speak not at all.
{pause}
B: हाँ, मै बिलकुल नहीं बोलती हूँ
A: To expand on the pattern, replace not at all with well.
B: अच्छे से
A: well
B: (slow) अच्छे से (regular) अच्छे से
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with well
B: हाँ, मै अच्छे से बोलती हूँ
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for not at all. Say Yes, I speak well.
{pause}
B: हाँ, मै अच्छे से बोलती हूँ
A: To use a different phrase, replace well with .
B:
A:
B: (slow) (regular)
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with
B: हाँ, मै थोड़ी बोलती हूँ
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for well. Say Yes, I speak .
{pause}
B: हाँ, मै थोड़ी बोलती हूँ
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting India and someone asks you if you speak Hindi . You want to answer that you speak a little. Respond to the question.
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते हैं? (five seconds) हाँ, मै थोड़ी बोलती हूँ
A: Now you want to answer that you speak not at all Respond to the question.
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते हैं? (five seconds) नहीं, मै बिलकुल नहीं बोलती हूँ
A: You want to answer that you speak well. . Answer the speaker's question.
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते हैं? (five seconds) हाँ, मै अच्छे से बोलती हूँ
A: Now you want to answer that you speak . Respond to the question.
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते हैं? (five seconds) हाँ, मै थोड़ी बोलती हूँ
A: Now you want to ask someone if they speak Hindi. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते हैं?
{pause}
A: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
B: क्या आप हिंदी बोलते हैं?
{pause}
A: This is the end of Lesson 5

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HindiPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Please give your answer to the question below!

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Gong hou
Monday at 11:07 am
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How do you say king in hindi

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HindiPod101.com
Wednesday at 12:03 am
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Hi Sara,


Thanks for your posting. But you have already started writing correct Hindi. If you keep working on it, very soon are going to speak Hindi very well. Please write to us if you have any question.


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Sara
Saturday at 5:25 am
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Nahin, mai bilkul nahi bolti hun.

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Saturday at 8:40 pm
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Hi Doug,


There are more consonants in Hindi than in English, so in English we manage to write or say certain words with combination of letters but Hindi has a few more letters for that.

So yes, 'ड़' has a different pronunciation than 'R' and 'D'. You can try it with slightly rolling your tongue over the upper part of your oral cavity touching your upper teeth in the process. Hope this helps!


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Doug
Friday at 7:49 pm
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ड़ I thought this letter is an R. It is the same as the D except the dot at the bottom. Please confirm as the pronunciations differ.

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Monday at 10:27 pm
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Hi Rem,


"I speak very little Hindi"

The correct Hindi sentence for this would be: मैं बहुत कम हिन्दी बोलता हूँ (Maí bahüt kam Hindii bolTaa hũ)


Feel free to ask any other questions you might have. Keep practicing!


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Rem
Monday at 11:12 pm
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मैं बोलना बहुत थोड़ी हिंदी (Maí bolnaa bahüt thorii Hindii (I speak very little Hindi))

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Hello Harumi,


"Haal" means 'condition' and Kya haal hai is a general way of asking 'how you doing?'


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Harumi
Tuesday at 10:57 am
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Kya haal hai

whats meaning 'haal"? :sweat_smile:

when i think that it is urdu is hindi

or hindi is urdu. :open_mouth:

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Monday at 6:16 pm
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Hi Harumi,


You have no need to worry at all. Your friends must be speaking Hindi,Urdu and Punjabi language. These all three languages are close to each other in speaking but very different in writing. Many people use Urdu words in Hindi and vice-versa and Punjabi words in Hindi and vice-versa. As these 3 languages are spoken in few Northern states of India and in big cities of Pakistan as well. Please share the words with us that they speak with you. We can help you in understanding the Hindi in a better way.


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