Some Basic Hindi For Travelers

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Some Basic Hindi For Travelers

Everyone, everywhere appreciates if you try to communicate in the local language and it can be a great part of the travel experience. It makes your travel and communication easy. Your ability to understand what they are saying or discussing also increases, simultaneously respect for you increases in their eyes. In the "Local Language Series" we are taking Hindi, as it is worthwhile noting that due to spread of Hindi movies, and TV Hindi is understood and spoken in almost every parts of country. ... read more »

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It might be better if the phonetics are included.
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In North India "Krupaya" (which means "Please") is also pronounced as "Kripaya"
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Be careful with pachees (25) and pachaas (50). They are very confusing for a non-hindi person.

A family friend of mine was touring Kashmir. Being a Malayali he had no idea of Hindi. When he had to go to the market to buy a woolen cap at Srinagar (who knew it would be so cold) someone advised him.
"When in the market, quote exactly half of what the peddler quotes. do not change your stance under any circumstances"
So, off he ventured into the markeet.
"pachees rupay saab" said the peddler.
Our hero, completely confused by all this pachees and pachaas, decided pachees meant 50 and pachaas meant 25. Not to be termed a non-sporty, he quoted.
" No. no no no. Only Pachaas. Not a single paisa less"
"Nahin saab, bas pachees"
(no sir, it is only pachees (25))
"No.. Pachaas"
(very feeble) "pachees"
(All the more victorious) "Pachaas"
(with a sigh) "Thik hai saab, jo aap ko thik lage.."
(all right sir, whatever you felt right)
"very good. very god. only pachaas"
And our man very victoriously plucks out 25 rupees, hands it out to the peddler, snatches the cap and leaves.
The peddler was confused for a long time what the bargaining was all about.
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GREAT idea for a thread!!!! Thank you
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As someone who speaks no Hindi at all, it will be fairly obvious to local people if I am trying to speak their language as it will only be a few words. Would they still be offended if I gave commands rather than asking in the polite way and also may forget how to end the words correctly to make it more formal. If I did this would people be more pleased that I was trying to speak it or would they still find it possibly offensive?
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Anyone trying to speak a Foreign language should be appreciated and mistakes overlooked. I think most Indians would do the same.
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Part of the problem here lies with the people you are speaking to, in hindi or any indian language. If they are locals, they may not generally be expecting you to speak the language. But if you do, they need to understand that. then the problem comes as to how much they think you know. If they start talking really fast, and you can;t make out, then there is no effective communication. And if they fail to understand that you are trying to speak their language, then also, no effective communication.

While your effort is appreciated, it may not result in much of communication, if you are not well versed in the language, i have found this to my dismay. And i am not discounting the entertainment value ot the bystanders.
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General courtesy demands the language is spoken slowly so that the person opposite understands what is being talked about!

It also requires sufficient opportunity so that the person opposite could respond!
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Hello all,

I am new to IM. As, i was going through the posts, i bumped into this one. After a long time i felt good seeing hindi words on forums as such. But, in my experience most of the places people can understand little english when said slowly. Hindi, id understandable at most of the places, even it's fluent or not. People do understand (my experience).
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Thumbs up Namaste

Dear Friends,

I am flying for my summer holidays again to India in first week of July till end of Aug and I really want to learn hindi.
I love India and I am student of languages doing masters in Paris, but I live outside Paris and we don't have many people from India where I live.
I really want to learn hindi.

Please email me if someone out in India wants to teach me Hindi for 30 days, Yet I am coming for 2 months but I will be doing volunteer work in kolkata for 2 weeks and I am going to travel for 2 weeks.

Any one in Kolkata or any university I can go for 30 days ?

I have visited India twice some parts of India I did Ayurvedic Treatment and was one of the best I ever had.

I also did some trekking with one of my best friend from Kashmir to Ladakh .

Mujheh hindi bolo chahiye

Dhanyavad
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There are lot many videos available which may help you in learning spoken Hindi.

Please visit here to find few videos.
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Bonjour Delphine and bienvenue!

If you have time, whilst you are staying in Kolkata, check out the Ramakrishna Mission for language lessons (group classes) at Golpark in South Kolkata.
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Namaste

Quote:
Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post There are lot many videos available which may help you in learning spoken Hindi.

Please visit here to find few videos.
I prefer learning it in personal

Dhanyavad for the links and I will watch them.

Merci !!!!!!!

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