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Marathi Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Marathi 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 Marathi 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 Marathi. 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, Marathi, 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 Marathi

Questions Marathi
How?कसे?
Kasē?
What?काय?
Kāya?
When?केव्हा ? / कधी ?
Kēvhā? / Kadhī?
Where?कुठे ?
Kuṭhē?
Who?कोण ?
Kōṇa?
Why?का?
Kā?

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

Marathi Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?मी येऊ शकतो/शकते का?
Mī yē'ū śakatō/śakatē kā?
Can I help you?मी तुला / तुम्हाला मदत करू शकते का / शकतो का?
Mī tulā/ tumhālā madata karū śakatē kā/ śakatō kā?
Can you help me?तुम्ही मला मदत कराल का? / तू मला मदत करशील का?
Tumhī malā madata karāla kā? / Tū malā madata karaśīla kā?
Do you know her?तुम्ही तिला ओळखता का?
Tumhī tilā ōḷakhatā kā?
Do you speak English?तुम्ही इंग्रजी बोलु शकता का ?
Tumhī iṅgrajī bōlu śakatā kā?
How difficult is it?हे किती कठिण आहे?
Hē kitī kaṭhiṇa āhē?
How far is this?हे किती लांब आहे?
Hē kitī lāmba āhē?
How much is this?हे कितीला आहे ?
Hē kitīlā āhē? 
How would you like to pay?तुम्हाला पैसे कशा प्रकारे द्यायला आवडतील?
Tumhālā paisē kaśā prakārē dyāyalā āvaḍatīla?
What is this called?ह्याला काय म्हणतात?
Hyālā kāya mhaṇatāta?
What is your name?तुमचे नाव काय आहे?
Tumacē nāva kāya āhē?
What time is it?आता काय वेळ झाली आहे ?
Ātā kāya vēḷa jhālī āhē?
When can we meet?आपण कधी भेटू शकतो?
Āpaṇa kadhī bhēṭū śakatō?
Where do you live?तु कुठे रहातेस ?/ तु कुठे रहातोस ?/ तुम्ही कुठे रहाता ?
Tu kuṭhē rahātēsa?/ Tu kuṭhē rahātōsa?/ Tumhī kuṭhē rahātā?
Who is knocking at the door?दरवाजा कोण वाजवत आहे?
Daravājā kōṇa vājavata āhē?
Why is it expensive?हे महाग का आहे?
Hē mahāga kā āhē?

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Marathi, 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 Marathi

Misunderstanding Marathi
Can you repeat?तुम्ही पुनरुक्ती कराल का ?
Tumhī punaruktī karāla kā?
Can you speak slowly?तुम्ही सावकाश बोलाल का ?
Tumhī sāvakāśa bōlāla kā?
Did you understand what I said?मी जे सांगितले ते तुला कळले का ?
Mī jē sāṅgitalē tē tulā kaḷalē kā?
Don't worry!काही काळजी करू नका.
Kāhī kāḷajī karū nakā.
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)मला क्षमा करा !
Malā kṣamā karā!
How do you say "OK" in French?’सर्व ठिक आहे’ हे तु फ्रेंचभाषेत कसे सांगशिल ?
’Sarva ṭhika āhē’ hē tu phrēn̄cabhāṣēta kasē sāṅgaśila?
I don't know!मला माहिती नाही.
Malā māhitī nāhī.
I don't understand!मला समजत नाही .
Malā samajata nāhī.
I need to practice my Frenchमला फ्रेंच भाषेचा सराव केला पाहिजे .
Malā phrēn̄ca bhāṣēcā sarāva kēlā pāhijē.
Is that right?हे बरोबर आहे का ?
Hē barōbara āhē kā?
Is that wrong?हे चुकीचे आहे का ?
Hē cukīcē āhē kā?
Mistakeचूक
Cūka
My French is badमला फ्रेंचभाषेत गती नाही / माझे फ्रेंच चांगले नाही ./माझे फ्रेंच वाईट आहे .
malā phrēn̄cabhāṣēta gatī nāhī/ mājhē phrēn̄ca cāṅgalē nāhī./Mājhē phrēn̄ca vā'īṭa āhē.
No problem!काहीच प्रश्न नाही .
Kāhīca praśna nāhī. 
Quicklyभरभर / पटकन
Bharabhara/ paṭakana
Slowlyसावकाश / हळूहळू
sāvakāśa/ haḷūhaḷū
Sorry (to apologize)क्षमा करा. / माफ करा.
kṣamā karā. / Māpha karā.
To speakबोलणे /भाषण देणे
Bōlaṇē/bhāṣaṇa dēṇē
What does that word mean in English?त्या शब्दाचा इंग्रजीमधे अर्थ काय ?
tyā śabdācā iṅgrajīmadhē artha kāya?
What is this?हे काय आहे ?
Hē kāya āhē?
What should I say?मी काय म्हणायला हवे ?
Mī kāya mhaṇāyalā havē?
What?काय ?
Kāya?
What's that called in French?याला फ़्रेंच भाषेत काय म्हणतात ?
Yālā frēn̄ca bhāṣēta kāya mhaṇatāta?
Write it down please!कृपया लिहा. / लिहून दाखवा.
Kr̥payā lihā. / Lihūna dākhavā.

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Daily Conversation in Marathi

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 Marathi Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Marathi

English Marathi
Thisहा / ही / हे
Hā/ hī/ hē
Thatतो / ती / ते
tō/ tī/ tē
Hereइथे
ithē
Thereतिथे /तेथे
tithē/tēthē
In The Morningसकाळी
sakāḷī
In the eveningसंध्याकाळी
sandhyākāḷī
At Nightरात्री
rātrī
Really!खरच !
kharaca!
Look!पहा !
Pahā!
Hurry up!त्वरा करा !
Tvarā karā!

Fun Facts

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

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

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