Useful Hindi Phrases For Travel in India

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India is a hot tourist destination and also a hotspot for business travelers alike. India is said to the most culturally, linguistically and genetically diverse geographical entity after the African continent.

Traveling through this ancient land is an experience that is beyond description. If you love looking closely into the way of life of the people, enjoying ethnic culture, resplendent colors, magnificent monuments, historic cities, forts and palaces, beautiful coasts and the giant snow-capped Himalayas, then India is the place for you!!

India however, can be a very diverse and complex country; some say it causes a sensory overload at times. Although Indians speak a number of different languages across different states, Hindi is the national language. Although English is widely spoken in the bigger cities, it’s handy to know a few phrases in the local language and communicate at a more personal level with people around you to get around better. Plus, it’ll earn you some cool points with the locals and enhance your India travel experience.

Here are some easy but useful Hindi phrases to make communicating in India easier:

Hindi Travel Phrases

These Hindi phrases may help lift the veil of this ‘exotic’ language with the primary goal of helping travelers who wish to visit India. I have best tried to spell the pronunciations phonetically in English, but they may be pronounced differently in different parts of India as many native speakers are quite used to regional accents and mangling in various degrees.

English Phrase

Hindi Translation

Phonetic Pronunciation

Hello/ Goodbye Namaskar / Namaste Na-ma-scar/ Na-mas-te
How are you? Aap kaise hain? Aap k-say hey
I am fine Main theek hoon Mai teek hu
Please Kripya Krup-ya
Thank you Shukriya/ Dhanyavaad Shook-riya / dhun-ya-vaad
Yes Haan Ha
No Nahi N-he
OK/Fine/Good/Whatever/Really?/ Nice Accha A-cha  (pronounced ‘a’ from ‘about’)
How much? Kitna Kith-na
How many? Kitne Kith-ne
What? Kya Kya
When? Kab Cub
Where? Kaha Ka-ha
Who? Kaun Con
Which? Kaunsa Con-sa
Why? Kyo Kyu
What is your name? Aapka naam Kya hai? Aap-ka naam kya hey
My name is … Mera naam … hai May-ra naam ____ hey
Where are you from? Aap kaha se hai? Aap ka-ha se hey
I’m from … Main ___ se hu Mai ___ se hu
I’m sorry/ pardon me Maaf kijiye Maaf key-ji-yay
Do you speak English? Aapko angrezi aati hai? Aap-ko un-grazy aati hey
I don’t speak Hindi. Mujhe hindi nahi aati hai Mu-jay hindi n-he aati hey
I don’t understand. Main samjha (masculine)/ Samjhi (feminine) nahi Mai sum-jha / sum-jhi n-he
Come again? / Again Phirse Fir-se

 

Hindi Numbers

Hindi Numbers One to Ten

Number

Hindi Numbers

Phonetic Pronunciation

1

Ek

Ak

2

Do

Doh

3

Teen

Theen

4

Char

Char

5

Panch

Paanch

6

Cheh

Chey

7

Saath

Saath

8

Aath

aa-t

9

Nau

Nau

10

Das

Dus