Today we are going to try out something new. I will be working with Naraindas ji and Meena ji to create a list of questions and phrases that I can use for a short conversation. These questions and phrases only form half of the conversation. Then in following episodes, we will practice by having a conversation among ourselves using these phrases and questions. This will give you a chance to see these phrases again and see how they could be used in a conversation. It will also give you a chance to see what some possible responses might be.
Then I will go out and visit a lot of my Hindi/Urdu speaking friends and try having the conversation with them. We will get many different answers. I will then review these recorded sessions with Meena ji and Naraindas ji. Then we will explain what the answers were and make some observations about how Hindi is used in different situations.
Here is our first set of phrases and questions for our first round of conversations.
1: नमस्ते (namaste) – Hello
2: आप कैसे हैं? (aap kaise hain) – How are you?
(When talking to a woman you would say “आप कैसी हैं?” (aap kaisii hain))
3: आप कहाँ से हैं? (aap kahaan se hain?) – Where are you from?
4: आपका नाम क्या है? (aapkaa naam kyaa hai) – What is your name?
5: आप कहाँ रहते हैं? (aap kahaan rahte hain) – Where do you live (stay)?
(When talking to a woman you would say “आप कहाँ रहती हैं?” (aap kahaan rahtii hain))
6: आप कौन सी भाषा बोलते हैं? (aap koun sii bhaashaa bolte hain?) – What language do you speak?
(When talking to a woman you would say “आप कौन सी भाषा बोलती हैं?” (aap koin sii bhaashaa boltii hain?”))
7: आप क्या काम करते हैं? (aap kyaa kaam karte hain?) – What work do you do?
(When talking to a woman you would say “आप क्या काम करती हैं?” (aap kyaa kaam kartii hain?))
8: क्या आप शाकाहारी हैं? – (kyaa aap shaakaahaarii hain?) – Are you a vegetarian?
9: आप के कितने बच्चे हैं? (aap ke kitne bachche hain?) – How many children do you have?
10: उनके क्या नाम हैं? (unke kyaa naam hain?) – What are their names?
11: अच्छा, अब मुझे जाना है। (achchhaa, ab mujhe jaanaa hai.) – OK, now I have to go.
12: हम फिर मिलेंगे। (ham phir milenge) – We will meet again.
Email me at nathan@ISpeakHindi.com to let me know what you think about this new set of lessons. I am planning to have this conversation with 15-20 people. But I will probably start combining several conversations into a few episodes. I would like to have a different conversation each week. But we will see how it works out.
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