Learn Hindi Daily Show – Fun with the future tense

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“I have been learn Hindi for 1 month.” is the phrase of today.  Also, we look at the sound स्ते which is in the word नमस्ते.  We read a little out of Shantaram.  But the best part of today’s episode is the word cutouts to play with to practice the future tense.

The transliterations are not included today, but if you want them, then use this tool http://devtransliteration.appspot.com/   We will include transliterations in the future episodes.


Phrase of the Day

I’ve been learning Hindi for 1 month.

spoken by a man:
मैं एक महीने से हिंदी सीख रहा हूँ।

spoken by a woman:
मैं एक महीने से हिंदी सीख रही हूँ।

Letter and Sound of the Day

स्ते as in नमस्ते

If you have the Hindi Alphabet cards, this is the card you need to focus on today.

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

Mystery Word from Last Episode

हरा – green

घास हरी है। The grass is green.

New Mystery Word

ख़ून – blood, murder (m)

Grammar Exercise Answers from Last Episode

You will run. (formal) 

(masculine)  आप दौड़ेंगे।

(feminine)  आप दौड़ेंगी।


He will learn.  वह सीखेगा।


She will think.  वह सोचेगी।


They will speak.

वे बोलेंगे।

(all female group)  वे बोलेंगी।


We will work.

हम काम करेंगे।

(all female group)  हम काम करेंगी।


Grammar Review

We have been going over the future tense in the past few episodes.  Let’s have a little fun with it using a hands on activity.

First, download the word sheet:



Second, print it out


Third, cut out each of the words


Fourth, arrange the words and letters into pronouns, verb stems, and future tense parts


Now try to create sentences



मैं सोचूँगा।  I will think.  (masculine)



हम दौड़ेंगे।  We will run.



वे गाएँगी।  They will sing.  (all female group)


Take a picture of the sentences you create and email them to me at nathan@ISpeakHindi.com.  I will include some of these pictures in future episodes.

When you are all done practicing with creating future tense sentences, put them into three separate bags labeled: pronouns, verb stems, and future tense.  (Then we can reuse this as we add nouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, etc. to our collection.)  Also, you might consider attaching these to magnets that you can put on your refrigerator so that you can create sentences for fun.




I’ve been reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.   The descriptions of India in the book are quite vivid.  The passage I am sharing with you today is from pages 106 and 107.

No discovery pleased me more, on that first excursion from the city, than the full translation of the famous Indian head-wiggle.  The weeks I’d spent in Bombay with Prabaker had taught me that the shaking or wiggling of the head from side to side – that most characteristic of Indian expressive gestures—was the equivalent of a forward nod of the head, meaning Yes.  I’d also discerned the subtler senses of I agree with you, and Yes, I would like that.  What I learned, on the train, was that a universal message attached to the gesture, when it was used as a greeting, which made it uniquely useful.

Most of those who entered the open carriage greeted the other seated or standing men with a little wiggle of the head.  The gesture always drew a reciprocal wag of the head from at least one, and sometimes several of the passengers.  I watched it happen at station after station, knowing that the newcomers couldn’t be indicating Yes, or I agree with you with the head-wiggle because nothing had been said, and there was no exchange other than the gesture itself. Gradually, I realized that the wiggle of the head was a signal to others that carried an amiable and disarming message:  I’m a peaceful man.  I don’t mean any harm.

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