Very Easy & Helpful Basic Hindi Phrases For Beginners

05 April 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
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Many people have contrasting ideas regarding when is the ideal time to visit India. And that's alright. Because if you think about it, the perfect time to explore this beautiful country really depends on what you want to do and see. If you want to escape the crowds and don't mind the burning heat, you might want to consider traveling sometime in March and June. If you want to channel your inner Phunsukh Wangdu (if you don’t know who this person is, please watch the movie 3 idiots), you can head over to north India between June and August. If you want to experience the magic of the many Hindu festivals under the clear, blue sky, think about touring from November to March.

Regardless of the weather and the season, India will offer you many enjoyable things to do and breathtaking sights to see, making your vacation one of the best. And to help you prepare for this unforgettable escapade, here’s a mini pocketbook of practical Hindi phrases to learn so you can talk the talk with the locals. Just remember that Hindi is one of the two official languages of India, so knowing some basic phrases could help you better understand its unique culture.

  • Hello: नमस्ते (namaste)
  • Goodbye: नमस्ते (namaste)
  • See you later: अलविदा।(phir milenge)
  • Good morning: शुभ प्रभात (shub prabhat)
  • Good afternoon: नमस्ते (namaste)
  • Good evening: नमस्ते (namaste)
  • Good night: शुभ रात्रि (shubh ratri)
  • Yes: हाँ (haan)
  • No: नहीं (naheen)
  • Maybe: शायद (shaayad)
  • Thank you: धन्यवाद (dhanyavad)
  • Thank you very much: बहुत धन्यवाद (bahut dhanyavaad)
  • You’re welcome: आपका स्वागत है (aapka swagat hai)
  • I don’t know: मुझको मालूम नहीं (mujhko maaloom naheen)
  • Excuse me: सुनिए (suniye)
  • I am sorry: माफ़ कीजिए (maaf kijiye)
  • What’s new: क्या चल रहा हैं (kya chal raha hai)
  • What’s your name: आपका नाम क्या है (aapka naam kya hai)