Learn Hindi Daily Show – when, thii, You are very kind., habitual present

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When will you learn Hindi?  When you learn Hindi you will be happy.  See how we used the same word “when” in two different ways?  In Hindi there are actually two different words.  This is what we learn when the mystery word from the last episode is exposed.   Still learning your Hindi letters?  Today learn the symbol थी which is थ with the vowel ई.  Do you know how to say “You are very kind.” in Hindi?  That is the phrase we learn.  We also review the present habitual tense and read some listener questions and comments.

Mystery Word From Last Episode

Did you understand the mystery word from the last episode? Learn Hindi Daily Show – help, the, nice to meet you, nouns from the BBC Hindi article

कब (kab) – when?

आप कब आएँगे। (āp kab ā-ēn-gē) – When will you come? (talking to a man)

आप कब आएँगी। (āp kab ā-ēn-gī) – When will you come? (talking to a woman)

जब (jab)- when (statement)

Let’s take a moment to look at an example contrasting कब (kab), the question word for “when”, and जब (jab), the statement word for “when”.

जब आप आएँगे तब हम काम करेंगे। (jab āp ā-ēn-gē tab ham kām ka-rēn-gē.) When you will come then we will do the work.

आप कब काम करने के लिये आएँगे?  (āp kab kāma kar-nē kē li-yē ā-ēn-gē?) When will you come to do the work?  (Literally: When will you come for doing the work?)

If you want an more in depth explanation in our previous lesson कब or जब – when? or when. (published January 6, 2009)

अब (ab) – now

अभी (a-bhī) – right now

बाद में (bād mēn)– aftewards

फ़िर (fir) – then, again, next

Hindi Letter and Sound of the Day


थी = थ + ई

thī = tha + ī

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:


If you are interested in learning your letters, then I would recommend that you get the Hindi Letter Flashcards.

This means “was” and is used with feminine subjects.


वह थकी थी। (vah tha-kī thī) – She was tired.

It is also used as a helping verb.

वह गाती थी। (vah gā-tī thī.) – She used to sing.

वह नाचती थी। (vah nāc-tī thī.) – She used to dance.


Mystery Word

Phrase of the Day

You’re very kind!   आप बहुत दयालु हैं। (āp ba-hut da-yā-lu ha)

Daily Grammar Exercise

Let us look at the habitual present tense.  You need to know four helping verbs:

हूँ (hūn) – translates as “am” and used with मैं (maĩ)

हो (hō) – translate as “are” and used with तुम (tum)

है (hai) – translates as “is”

हैं (haĩ) – translates as “are” (not used with तुम (tum))


Next, you need to know how to get the stem of the verb. In dictionary form all the verbs have ना (nā) on the end.  बोलना (bōl-nā) – to speak; गाना (gā-nā)– to sing; नाचना (nāc-nā) to dance; सोना (sō-nā)to sleep; खाना (khā-nā) to eat.

Next, you need to add the appropriate ending.  There are three you have to be concerned with ता (tā), ते (tē), ती (tī).  ता (tā) is used for masculine singular subjects; ते (tē) is used for masculine plural subjects and ती (tī) is used for feminine subjects, both plural and singular.

Let’s see some examples looking at the masculine case first.

I eat fish.  मैं मछली खाता हूँ। (maĩ mach-lī khā-tā hūn)

We eat fish.  हम मछली खाते हैं। (ham mach-lī khā-tē haĩ.)

You eat fish. (formal) आप मछली खाते हैं।  (āp mach-lī khā-tē haĩ.)

You eat fish. (informal)  तुम मछली खाते हो। (tum mach-lī khā-tē hō)

He eats fish. वह मछली खाता है। (vah mach-lī khā-tā hai.)

They eat fish. वे मछली खाते हैं। (vē mach-lī khā-tē haĩ.)

Now let’s look at some feminine examples:

I eat fish.  मैं मछली खाती हूँ। (maĩ mach-lī khā-tī hūn.)

We eat fish.    हम मछली खाती हैं। (ham mach-lī khā-tī haĩ.)

You eat fish.  (formal) आप मछली खाती हैं। (āp mach-lī khā-tī haĩ.)

You eat fish. (informal) तुम मछली खाती हो।  (tum mach-lī khā-tī hō.)

She eats fish.  वह मछली खाती है। (vah mach-lī khā-tī hai.)

They eat fish. वे मछली खाती हैं। (vē mach-lī khā-tī haĩ.)

Try this with another verb, and leave it in a comment to this episode to share with your fellow Hindi learners.

Listener Questions and Comments

Mathew sent me an email to point out a typo in  April 29th’s Learn Hindi Daily: Monday, mein, apna, I am learning Hindi. It had to do with which of the following two phrases are spoken by a man or a woman.  I have fixed the typo in the lesson.  Before you look, try to see if you can figure out which of the following is spoken by a man and which by a woman.

मैं अपनी किताब पढ़ रही हूँ। (maĩ ap-nī ki-tā-ba paṛh ra-hī hūn)

मैं अपनी किताब पढ़ रहा हूँ। (maĩ ap-nī ki-tā-ba paṛh ra-hā hūn)

You can look at Learn Hindi Daily: Monday, mein, apna, I am learning Hindi to see if you are correct.

Thanks Mathew for noticing this and emailing me so that I could fix it.  If you see a typo on ISpeakHindi.com or something you are not sure about, then please leave a comment or email me at nathan@ISpeakHindi.com

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Thanks Laurie.  We will definitely keep doing a “phrase of the day” and looking at grammar exercises to help people become more comfortable with Hindi.  You are right about those questions.  There are probably many people with Hindi questions that are just looking for a place to direct them to.  If any of our listeners have a Hindi question, email me at nathan@ISpeakHindi.com.  Not only will you be helping yourself, but you will be helping other people with the same question, that haven’t quite gotten around to asking.



Lessons Recently Published on the Site

As mentioned in our first Learn Hindi Daily Show (April 22, 2011), we are in the process of changing the format of ISpeakHindi.com.  In the past, we tried to publish a Hindi lesson everyday.  But these lessons would not have something for everyone.  And they did not serve the purpose of trying to get all the Hindi learners out there to make Hindi learning a daily habit.  In addition to this, we have been working with other Hindi teachers that can be very prolific in producing Hindi learning content.  Limiting them to just one lesson a day means that we had a lot of great Hindi content in the queue waiting to be published, when it would do everyone good to get it out there ASAP.   ISpeakHindi.com will be splitting its content into two parts Learn Hindi Daily Show and Hindi lessons.  This split will become more evident as the site evolves.

We will be listing the new content in the Learn Hindi Daily Show, and will occasionally include the audio of a lesson in the show.

On Tuesday, 5/17/2011, the following lessons from Suresh were published on the site:

HINDI LESSON NO.100 हिंदी पाठ संख्या १०० सौ (sau) Hindi paath sankhya no. 100(one hundred only) Some sentences. कुछ वाक्य(Kuch Vaaky)

HINDI LESSON NO.101 हिंदी पाठ संख्या १०१ एक सौ एक Hindi paath sankhya no. 101(one hundred one only) Some sentences. कुछ वाक्य(Kuch Vaaky)
HINDI LESSON NO.102 हिंदी पाठ संख्या १०२ एक सौ दो Hindi Paath sankhya no. 102(one hundred two only) कुछ शब्द (Kuchh Shabd) Some words.
HINDI LESSON NO.103 हिंदी पाठ संख्या १०३ एक सौ तीन Hindi paath sankhya No. one hundred three only – भगवान् श्री कृष्ण (Bhagwaan Shri. Krishna ) LORD SRI. KRISHNA
HINDI LESSON No.104(one hundred four) हिंदी पाठ संख्या १०४ (Hindi path sankhya – एक सौ चार Lord Shri Ramchandrajee भगवान श्री राम चंद्रजी(Bhagwaan Shree Ramchnadrajee)
HINDI LESSON No.105(one hundred five) हिंदी पाठ संख्या १०५ (Hindi paath sankhya – एक सौ पांच (ek sau paanch) Bus Ride बस की सवारी Bus kee Savaaree
हिंदी पाठ संख्या (Hindi Paath sankhya) १०६ एक सौ छ Hindi lesson No.106(one hundred and six)- हिंदी शब्दों के उच्चारण पर ध्यान दें| (Hindi shabdon ke uccharan par dhyaan dein)-Pay attention to the pronunciations of Hindi words

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I had planned to go over the verbs in the BBC Hindi article today.  But that is taking a little more time to prepare than expected, and I hope to do it in the next episode.

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