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Hindi Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Hindi which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Hindi Classes.

Questions

Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Hindi. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. The table contains 3 columns (English, Hindi, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Interrogative Form in Hindi

Questions Hindi
How?कैसे? [kaisē?]
What?क्या? [kyā?]
When?कब? [kaba?]
Where?कहाँ? [kahā̃?]
Who?कौन? [kauna?]
Why?क्यों? [kyō̃?]

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Hindi sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Hindi Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?क्या मैं आ सकता हुँ? [kyā maĩ ā sakatā hũ?]
Can I help you?क्या मैं आपकी मदद कर सकता हूँ ? [kyā maĩ āpakī madada kara sakatā hū̃ ?]
Can you help me?क्या आप मेरी मदद कर सकते हैं? [kyā āpa mērī madada kara sakatē haĩ?]
Do you know her?आप उसे जानते हैं? [āpa usē jānatē haĩ?]
Do you speak English?क्या आप अंग्रेज़ी बोलते हैं? [kyā āpa angrēzī bōlatē haĩ?]
How difficult is it?यह कितना मुश्किल है? [yaha kitanā muśkila hai?]
How far is this?यह कितनी दूर है? [yaha kitanī dūra para hai?]
How much is this?यह कितना है? [yaha kitanā hai?]
How would you like to pay?आप कैसे भुगतान करना चाहते हैं? [āpa kaisē bhugatāna karanā cāhatē haĩ?]
What is this called?यह क्या कहा जाता है? [yaha kyā kahā jātā hai?]
What is your name?आपका नाम क्या है ? [āpakā nāma kyā hai ?]
What time is it?समय क्या हुआ है? [samaya kyā huā hai?]
When can we meet?हम कब मिल सकते हैं? [hama kaba mila sakatē haĩ?]
Where do you live?आप कहाँ रहते हैं? [āpa kahā̃ rahatē haĩ?]
Who is knocking at the door?कौन दरवाजे पर दस्तक दे रहा है? [kauna daravājē para dastaka dē rahā hai?]
Why is it expensive?यह क्यों महँगा है? [yaha kyō̃ maham̐gā hai?]

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Hindi, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Hindi

Misunderstanding Hindi
Can you repeat?क्या आप दोहरा सकते हैं? [āpa dōharā sakatē haĩ?]
Can you speak slowly?आप धीरे धीरे बात कर सकता हैं? [āpa dhīrē dhīrē bāta kara sakatā haĩ?]
Did you understand what I said?क्या समझ में आया मैंने जो कहा? [kyā samajha mē̃ āyā mainnē jō kahā?]
Don't worry!चिंता मत करो! [cintā mata karō!]
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)क्षमा करें? (यानी मैं आपसे क्षमा चाहता हूँ?) [kṣamā karē̃? (yānī maĩ āpasē kṣamā cāhatā hū̃?)]
How do you say "OK" in French?आप फ्रेंच में ""ठीक है"" कैसे कहते हैं? [āpa phrēñca mē̃ ""ṭhīka hai"" kaisē kahatē haĩ?]
I don't know!मुझे नहीं पता! [mujhē nahī̃ patā!]
I don't understand!मुझे समझ नहीं आता! [mujhē samajha nahī̃ ātā!]
I need to practice my Frenchमुझे अपने फ्रेंच की अभ्यास जरूरत है [mujhē apanē phrēñca kī abhyāsa jarūrata hai]
Is that right?क्या यह सही है? [kyā yaha sahī hai?]
Is that wrong?क्या यह गलत है? [kyā yaha galata hai?]
Mistakeगलती [galatī]
My French is badमेरी फ्रेंच बुरा है [mērī phrēñca burā hai]
No problem!कोई बात नहीं! [kōī bāta nahī̃!]
Quicklyजल्दी से [jaldī sē]
Slowlyधीरे से [dhīrē sē]
Sorry (to apologize)क्षमा (माफी माँगने के लिए) [kṣamā (māphī mā̃ganē kē liē)]
To speakबात करना [bāta karanā]
What does that word mean in English?अंग्रेजी में उस शब्द का मतलब क्या है? [angrējī mē̃ usa śabda kā matalaba kyā hai?]
What is this?यह क्या है? [yaha kyā hai?]
What should I say?मुझे क्या कहना चाहिए? [mujhē kyā kahanā cāhiē?]
What?क्या? [kyā?]
What's that called in French?फ्रेंच में क्या कहा जाता है? [phrēñca mē̃ kyā kahā jātā hai?]
Write it down please!कृपया! नीचे लिखें! [kṛpayā! nīcē likhē̃!]

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Daily Conversation in Hindi

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Hindi Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Hindi

English Hindi
Thisयह [yaha]
Thatवह [vaha]
Hereयहाँ [yahā̃]
Thereवहाँ [vahā̃]
In The Morningसुबह में [subaha mē̃]
In the eveningशाम को [śāma kō]
At Nightरात में [rāta mē̃]
Really!सच! [saca!]
Look!देखो! [dēkhō!]
Hurry up!जल्दी करो! [jaldī karō!]

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Hindi about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Hindi Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Hindi homepage.

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