India is a huge country with diverse terrain where the population speaks many languages including Hindi, English, Bengali, Tamil, and Urdu. The languages, Hindi and English are designated as the official languages of India, as these are used for most of the government and official communications throughout the country. Hindi and English are also mostly used as the business languages in the cities and towns in India.
Now, as you can already imagine, English is spoken widely in India and majority of the people understand it. You can be rest assured that you can easily manage your visit to India and get by the cities and towns with your knowledge in speaking English. However, sometimes, a little knowledge of Hindi words could serve you a great help and do the wonder. Isn’t it a good idea to learn a few native words of the country you’re traveling? Moreover, knowing few essential Hindi words and phrases would help you negotiate with the vendors as they generally try selling things to foreigners at a very high cost.
So, here are a few words and phrases in Hindi. Try using whenever necessary and everyone will go out of their way to help you and explain things,
Hello / Goodbye – Namashkar or Namashte
Thank you – Dhanyabad, Shukriya
I don’t speak Hindi – Mujhe Hindi nahi aati
Okay – Achha
How are you? – Aap kaise hain?
I’m fine – Main thik hoon
What is your name? – Aapka naam kya hai?
My name is Sash – Mera naam Sash hai
Its nice to meet you – Aap se mil ke khushi hui
What time is it? – Kya samaya hai?
Where can I find…? – Kahan milegee?
Where is the bathroom? – Bathroom kahan hai?
I want drinking water – Mujhe peene ka pani chahiye
How much is this? Or What is the cost of this? – Yeh kitne ka hai? Or Iska daam kya hai?
This is too expensive – Yeh bahut mehenga hai
I want this one – Mujhe yeh chahiye
Let’s go – Chalo
I don’t want it – Nahi chahiye
Enough – bahut hua
I’ll call the police – Police ko bulaungee
What – Kya
Yes – Haan
No – Nahi
I do not know – Mujhe malum nahi
A Tip To Remember : A smile is a universally common language that everybody understands and it works everywhere.
Do feel free to ask through the comments section, if there is any information you need regarding the Hindi words.