Learn Hindi Daily Show – to go, haan, where are you, revisit of want to ask, Namaste Jii passage line by line

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Today we go over the mystery word from last time जाना which means “to go”. We review the symbol and sound हाँ which is used यहाँ (here) and वहाँ (there). Also, we learn the phrase “where are you?”, and we revisit the list of “want to ask” sentences from a previous episode. Finally, we go line by line through the passage from Namaste Jii.

Mystery Word From the Last Episode

जाना – to go

उसको अपने घर जाना है। – He has to go to his house.

आना – to come

चलना – to move

जल्दी – fast

जल्दी-जल्दी quickly

जल्दी से quicly

धीरे – slow

धीरे-धीरे slowly

धीरे से slowly


Daily Hindi Letter and Sound

हाँ  = ह + आ + chandrabindu


यहाँ – here



वहाँ – there


कहाँ – where?


जहाँ – where


Mystery Word


Phrase of the Day

Where are you?

आप कहाँ हैं?


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    Listener Questions and Comments

    russnrob sent me a message:

    I love the new format, I will definitely resubscribe! The only thing I need is the ability to download these lessons to my mp3 player so I can listen while I’m driving! please speed up the downloadable lessons!

    Rob, I’m glad you like the new format.  Also, in the paid subscriber area, we zip up the MP3 files for each month in to an easy to download ZIP file.  And we put all the written content together in a PDF booklet.  You can download May 2009 through April 2011 lessons/episodes in the paid subscriber area:



    Gerald sent me an email about the Learn Hindi Daily Show – Win a word find booklet, to ask, रू,

    Nathan: regarding your word puch-na and it’s use.

    An incomplete sentence is good if I am talking  to myself or learning.

    If I am talking to someone else I need a complete thought.

    for example: your sentence: I want to ask.

                        my sentence:  I want to ask you a question.

                may aapko ek saval puchna cahta hu

    I enjoy your teaching methods. keep up the good work.


    Gerald, you are quite right.  It is possible to get carried away with the possible sentences that you can make, that you end up making sentences that you would never use.  As you point this grammar exercise is useful for practice, but in actual conversations, something more complex will be required.  It is useful to look for sentence in actual use that illustrate the same type of pattern.  Here are some examples I found:


    I want to ask.  मैं पूछना चाहती हूँ। (maĩ pūch-nā cāh-tī hūn).

    Actual sentence from http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/southasia/030707_sonia_simla_at.shtml

    मैं प्रधानमंत्री से पूछना चाहती हूँ कि नौ महीने सेना को भारत-पाक सीमा पर तैनात रखने से भारत को क्या मिला?


    I wanted to ask.  मैंने पूछना चाहा। (main-nē pūch-nā cā-hā.)

    Actual sentence from http://www.bhaskar.com/article/MP-BPL-jcb-go-on-living-2084307.html

    मैंने पूछना चाहा तो वे रुंधे हुए गले से बोले- अब क्या होगा, हमारा और बच्चों का!


    I used to want to ask.  मैं पूछना चाहती थी। (maĩ pūch-nā cā-ha-tī thī.)

    I will want to ask.  मैं पूछना चाहूँगी। (maĩ pūch-nā cā-hūn-gī.)

    I am wanting to ask.  मैं पूछना चाह रही हूँ। (maĩ pūch-nā cā-ha ra-hī hūn.)

    I was wanting to ask.  मैं पूछना चाह रही थी। (maĩ pūch-nā cā-ha ra-hī thī.)


    मैं उन महान कवि से यह पूछना चाह रही थी कि कृत्या ने आपकी कविताओं को इतनी बार छापा है तो एक तरह से आपके कवित्व का सम्मान ही किया है, फिर आप अपने कर्म से बड़े क्यों बन रहे हैं?


    I will be wanting to ask.  मैं पूछना चाहती रहूँगी। (maĩ pūch-nā cāh-tī ra-hūn-gī.)

    I have wanted to ask.  मैंने पूछना चाहा है। (main-nē pūch-nā cā-hā hai.)

    I had wanted to ask.  मैंने पूछना चाहा था। (main-nē pūch-nā cā-hā thā.)


    मैंने पूछना चाहा था तुमसे :
    तुम्हारे घोसलें के बारे में
    और तुम्हारी माँ और पिता के बारे में
    लेकिन नहीं पूछ पाया था।

    Can you find some real world examples for the above sentences?  If so, paste the sentence and the source as a comment to this episode.

    Laura left a comment on the episode Learn Hindi Daily Show – dream, हूँ, which hotel are you staying in, win keyboard stickers

    My favorite section of these new shows is the last one. (Clever Bird, BBC, Namaste Ji, etc.) I love the repetition over several shows. It gives me time to grasp the new material before we move on. Also,I like that you let us fend for ourselves a little bit with the meanings. When passages of Hindi are translated word-for-word, I tend to remember it more in English because…well…I can. Getting a few key words and then using my resources to figure out the rest really makes it stick. Thanks very much.

    Thanks Laura for your comments.  We hope to continue to challenge everyone to go just a little beyond where they are.  And having the sentences side by side at the beginning can make it difficult to force yourself to learn.  I find the same problem when I watch Hindi TV with subtitles.  I just find myself reading the subtitles and paying attention to the story.  Therefore, I think that subtitles may be a hindrance to actually learning Hindi.  I was planning to continue finding Hindi passages and break them down over 4 or so episodes.  The first one just read it.  The second and third point out a few words and read it again.  The fourth go through it line by line. Let me (nathan@ISpeakHindi.com) know if there is anything in particular you want us to cover.

    Namaste Jii Textbook

    IMG_1629The Namaste Jii textbook is meant for beginner Hindi students.  It can be used in a high school or college course, but it is also useful if you are learning on your own.  It explains the grammar of Hindi in a very easy to follow and use way.  It contains a lot of practice in reading and understanding.  Today, we hear Meena Jii read the passage from the Namaste Jii textbook on p. 293.  If you have the book, you can follow along.  If you are interested in getting the book, you find out more about the Namaste Jii textbook on ISpeakHindi.com.  We will be going over this passage in the next few episodes.

    १. मकान किसका है?

    २. मकान में कितने कमरे हैं?

    ३. बड़ा कमरा किसका है?

    ४. बड़े कमरे में किलनी मेज़े हैं?

    ५.  क्या छोटे कमरों में परदे हैं?

    ६. पाखाना किस कमरे में है?

    ७. मेज़ पर क्या है?

    ८. नये परदे कहाँ है?

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