Learn Hindi Daily Show – help, the, nice to meet you, nouns from the BBC Hindi article

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Do you need help learning Hindi?  You have come to the right place.  The mystery word from yesterday was a lot of “help”, in fact it was the word मदद (ma-dad) which means help.  Learn this word, and a couple of other related words.  Also, we learn learn the symbol थे (thē).  Learn the phrase “It is nice to meet you.”  Let’s look at some verb conjugations with the verb वे (vē).  And finally let us go over the BBC Hindi article looking at the nouns in the article.

Mystery Word From Last Episode

मदद (ma-dad) – help, assistance, aid, support (f)

क्या आप मेरी मदद कर सकते हैं  (kyā āp mē-rī ma-dad kar sak-tē ha)- Can you help me?

सहायता (sa-hāy-tā) – help, assistance, aid, support (f)

मददगार (ma-dad-gār) – helper, supporter, assistant (m)

Hindi Letter and Sound of the Day


थे = थ + ए

thē = tha + ē

This is a combination of these two symbols.  If you have the Hindi Alphabet cards, these are the two that you need to look at:


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थे (thē) means “were”.

वे कपड़े गंदा थे। (vē kap-ṛē gan-dā thē.) Those clothes were dirty.


थे (thē) is also a helping verb in the past tense.  See these examples:

We used to drink.  हम पीते थे। (ham pī-tē thē.)

We were drinking.  हम पी रहे थे। (ham pī ra-hē thē.)


Mystery Word

Phrase of the Day

“Nice to meet you!     आपसे मिलकर खुशी हुई। (āp-sē mil-kar khu-śī hu-ī.)

Daily Grammar Exercise

वे (vē) – masculine with मदद करना (ma-dad kar-nā)- to help

They help me.  वे मेरी मदद करते हैं। (vē mē-rī ma-dada karatē haĩ.)

They used to help me.   वे सेरी मदद करते थे। (vē sē-rī ma-dad kar-tē thē.)

They are helping me. वे मेरी मदद कर रहे हैं। (vē mē-rī ma-dad kar ra-hē ha-ĩ.)

They were helping me.  वे मेरी मदद कर रहे थे। (vē mē-rī ma-dad kar ra-hē thē.)

They helped me.  उन ने मेरी मदद की। (un nē mē-rī ma-dad kī.)

They will be helping me.  वे मेरी मदद करते रहेंगे। (vē mē-rī ma-dad kar-tē ra-hēn-gē.)

They must help me.  उनको मेरी मदद करनी है। (un-kō mē-rī ma-dad ka-ranī hai.)

They had to help me.  उनको मेरी मदद करनी थी। (un-kō mē-rī ma-dad kar-nī thī.)


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Something more complicated

Let’s continue exploring the news clipping from the BBC Hindi.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/pakistan/2011/05/110509_geelani_qaeda_skj.shtml

In Learn Hindi Daily Show – self, tii, can I help you, ham with pii-naa, BBC Article we just read the article.  In Learn Hindi Daily Show – information, te, Can you help me?, BBC-proper nouns we went over the proper nouns.  In yesterday’s program we looked at some common nouns.  Today, let us look at some of the adjectives.

पाकिस्तानी – Pakistani

पूरा – complete, whole  (it is in the article as पूरे)

ग़लत –wrong, mistaken

कई – many, several

गंभीर – deep, weighty, sober, severe, serious

अपना – one’s own (in the article as अपनी)

बहुत – big

परोक्ष – indirect, ulterior, implicit


Title: आईएसआई की अल क़ायदा से मिलीभगत नहीं: पाक

पाकिस्तान के प्रधानमंत्री यूसुफ रज़ा गिलानी ने इन आरोपों को ख़ारिज कर दिया कि ओसामा बिन लादेन का पाकिस्तान में मारा जाना पाकिस्तानी अधिकारियों की असफलता को दर्शाता है.

गिलानी ने संसद में इस पूरे मुद्दे पर बयान देते हुए कहा, “किसी भी तरह की मिलीभगत और अयोग्यता के आरोप ग़लत हैं. आईएसआई का अल क़ायदा से मिलीभगत होने के आरोप बेबुनियाद हैं.”

गिलानी का कहना था कि अमरीका का पाकिस्तान की ज़मीन पर कार्रवाई करना कई गंभीर चुनौतियां खड़ी कर सकता था लेकिन पाकिस्तान अमरीका से अपनी मित्रता को बहुत महत्व देता है.

हालांकि उन्होंने परोक्ष रुप से ये भी कहा कि ओसामा बिन लादेन को खड़ा करने में अमरीका का हाथ भी रहा है.

उन्होंने कहा, “अंतरराष्ट्रीय समुदाय को यह बताना ज़रुरी है कि नबे के दशक में अरब देशों के युवाओं ने जिहाद शुरु किया और अल क़ायदा में शामिल हो गए. अल क़ायदा को बनाने वाले कौन थे? और उस को धन किस ने दिया? यह आज के प्रश्न हैं.”

Read the rest on the BBC site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/pakistan/2011/05/110509_geelani_qaeda_skj.shtml

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