Four Essential Hindi Phrases

Languages Nov 11, 2019

Hindi is the language that is spoken and understood all across India. There is a misconception that Hindi is the national language to the country, but contrary to that popular belief it is not true because no such language was given such status in the IC (Indian Constitution).

There are a total of 22 scheduled languages by the Republic Of India, Hindi is one the them. If you are travelling to Delhi, you will see the majority of the population conversing in Hindi (हिन्दी).

So, here’s a guide to the 4 essential words we think that are important for basic communication if you are a tourist to Delhi.

  1. NAMASTE  
    Namaste, sometimes spoken as Namaskar and Namaskaram, is a customary Hindu greeting. In the contemporary era, it is found on the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and among the Hindu diaspora worldwide. It is used both for greeting and leave-taking.
  2. DHANYAVAD
    Dhanyavad in Hindi means Thank you! Dhanyavad isn't used very often even by the people who are residents in India. People usually say thank you. So , if you’re an outsider and actually use the word “dhanyavad” it will take the people by amusement  as they will not expect a non Hindi speaking person to say it!
  3. ACHA OR THIK HAI
    Acha or Thik hai is basically used when one wants to acknowledge something someone says. It is a very commonly used word while people converse in Hindi and is basically the first word people learn when they get to Hindi speaking parts of India.
  4. KIDHER HAI?
    Kidher Hai is a phrase used when you want to ask someone where something that you are looking for is. For example if you are visiting a temple and want to ask a local where the temple is, you just say “temple kidher hai” and you'll get what you're looking for .

English as a language is widely spoken across any parts of India. So conversing in English can be an added advantage for people who know the language already!