Conversations with Children – III:

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This lesson is the third of our series on learning the alternate ways of asking questions and answering while talking to young children.  The question “Where do you stay?” is looked at in greater detail.

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If you want to ask : Where do you stay?, then you have to ask: तुम कहाँ रहते हो ?(Tum kahan rahte ho) to a boy or boys and तुम कहाँ रहती हो ? (Tum kahan rahti ho) to a girl or girls. If you are addressing this question to a group of children, then you can frame it as तुम लोग कहाँ रहते हो ?(Tum log kahan rahte ho).But if you want to ask Where is your house?, then you have to ask: तुम्हारा घर कहाँ है? (Tumhara ghar kahan hai).

The possible answers to the above questions are:

I stay in Thevara.- मैं तेवरा में रहता हूँ (Main Thevara mein rahta hoon)

I stay in Kaloor.- मैं कलूर में रहती हूँ (Main Kaloor mein rahti hoon)

We stay in Kaloor. – हम कलूर में रहते हैं (hum kaloor mein rahte haim)

My house is in B.R.Road. – मेरा घर बी.आर. रोड में है(Mera ghar B.R.Road mein hai)

Our house is in Amrit Apartments. – हमारा घर अमृत अपार्टमेंट्स में है (Hamara ghar amrit apartments mein hai)

Now if you want to ask: Who all are there in your house?, then you have to ask तुम्हारे घर में कौन-कौन है ? (Tumhare ghar mein kaun-kaun hai) to both boys and girls(both singular & plural) and also to a group. Another way of asking this to a group is तुम लोगों के घर में कौन-कौन है (Tum logon ke ghar ke kaun-kaun hai).

The possible answers to the questions are:

My father, mother and my two sisters lives in my house.- मेरे घर में मेरे पिताजी, माताजी और मेरे दो बहीनें रहती है (Mere ghar mein mere pitaji, mataji aur mere do bahinem rahti hai)

My mother, father, and myself stays in my house.-मेरे घर में मेरे माताजी, पिताजी, और मैं रहता हूँ (Mere ghar mein mere mataji pitaji, aur main rahta hoon)

My father, mother and a brother stays in my house.- मेरे घर में मेरे पिताजी, माताजी और एक भाई रहते है (Mere ghar mein mere pitaji, mataji aur ek bhai rahte hai)

I have parents and two sisters at home, he has only his parents, whereas she has parents and a brother. – मेरे घर पर माता-पिता और दो बहीनें है, इसका केवल माता-पिता है, जबकि उसके माता-पिता और एक भाई हैं (Mere ghar par mata-pita aur do bahinem hai, iska kewal mata-pita hai, jabki uske mata-pita aur ek bhai haim)

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