Conversations with Children – I

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This lesson is about the alternate ways of asking questions and answering while talking to young children.  Specifically, we look at different ways to ask “What is your name?”  There several different ways to ask this question, some which are more formal and others that are more informal.  After today’s lesson, you will have greater understanding of these different ways of asking questions and the different levels of formality that go with them.

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This lesson is about the alternate ways of asking questions and answering while talking to young children.

We all know that we in order to ask “What is your name?” in Hindi, we have to ask “आपका नाम क्या है ? (aapka naam kya hai)”. The use of आपका (aapka) is too formal. Hence while we talk to children especially our own kids or children whom we know, it would be alright to ask the question in a less formal way. You can ask the name of a child like this:

  1. तुम्हारा नाम क्या है?(tumhara naam kya hai) – What is your name?
  2. बेटा, तुम्हारा नाम क्या है ?(beta, tumhara naam kya hai) – Son, What is your name?
  3. बेटी, तुम्हारा नाम क्या है? (beti, tumhara naam kya hai ) – Daughter,What is your name?
  4. बेटे , तुम्हारा नाम क्या है ?(bete, tumhara naam kya hai) – bete can be used to address both girl and boy.
  5. तुम्हारा नाम बताओ (tumhara naam batao) – Tell me your name.

For both the genders, तुम्हारा (tumhara) is used. But if you are addressing a group of children, then you can frame the question as: तुम लोगों के नाम बताओ (tum logon ke naam batao) which means ‘Tell me your names’.

If a child is asking the same question to another child of his/her age, then they can ask तेरा नाम क्या है (tera naam kya hai). But this is not considered a polite way of asking, hence it is not advisable to use “तू (tu)” for “you”.

मेरा नाम रश्मि है means ‘My name is Rashmi’. While answering the question about name, both girls and boys use ‘मेरा (mera)’. Here are some more answers :

My name is Jyothi. – मेरा नाम ज्योति है|(mera naam jyothi hai)

My name is Anand. – मेरा नाम आनंद है|(mera naam anand hai)

I am Kavitha, her name is Jyothi, and he is Mukund. – मैं कविता हूँ, उसकी नाम ज्योति है, और वह मुकुंद है| (main kavitha hoon,uski naam jyothi hai, aur vah mukund hai)

I am Anand and he is Rajesh. – मैं आनंद हूँ और वह राजेश है|(main anand hoon aur vah rajesh hai)

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