What is your name? आपका नाम क्या है? (aap-ka naam kyaa hai?)

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Phrase Focus - Conversation 1

One of the first things you want to learn when meeting someone is their name.  Use the phrase आपका नाम क्या है? (aap-ka naam kyaa hai?).

Let us look at each of the words in this sentence.

आपका (aap-kaa) is made of two parts.  First is the word “आप” (aap) which means “you”.  There are several versions of “you” in Hindi.  This is the most formal and polite.  When we add “का” (kaa) to it, we change the meaning from “you” to “yours”.  The का (kaa) show’s possession and can be used in much the same way as apostrophe s, i.e. ” ‘s ” is in English.

The next word is नाम (naam).  This word means “name”.

क्या (kyaa) means “what”

है (hai) means “is”.

Notice that in English we say “What is your name?” but the structure of this sentence in Hindi is “Your name what is?”.  You will notice this different sentence order in a lot of Hindi sentences with the verb coming at the end of the sentence.

Let us hear some other Hindi speakers say this phrase.  Try repeating it just like they do.

Now, next time you meet a Hindi speaker, you can ask their name!

Series NavigationHello/Greetings – नमस्ते (na-ma-ste)My name is ___. – मेरा नाम _____ है। (me-raa naam _______ hai.)
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