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Useful Hindi words for travellers

While Hindi is the official language and spoken by most people in Delhi; you will also hear snap shots of Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu etc. English is the official language of the corporate community. And a new language ‘Hinglish’ is the official language of the youth.

Here are some words/ phrases that will make your trip to Delhi a lil easier & much more fun!

Contributed by The Delhi Way – June ‘12

GREETINGS
Hello  Namaste
How are you? Aap kaise hain?
See you later  Baad mein milenge
Take care Apna khyaal rakhna
Thanks  Shukriya / Dhanyavad
TAKING A TAXI / AUTO
We’ll go by the meter  Meter se jayenge
How far? Kitni door?
How much? Kitna hua?
ANIMALS (use it at your discretion)
Donkey  Gadha
Dog  Kutta
Female Dog Kutti
Monkey Bandar
TATTOOS (great words / phrases for tattoos)
Karma Karma
Om Om
Non-violence  Ahimsa
Truth Satyagrah
Independence Svatantrata
OTHERS
Leave me alone Peechaa choro
Go away Jao yahaan se
Yes Haan
No Nahin
WHILE SHOPPING
How much is this? Yeh kitne ka hai?
This is very expensive Yeh bahut mehenga hai
Give a better price Kam daam do
Ok I’ll take it Theek hai, de do
I don’t want it Nahin chahiye
FOOD RELATED
Can I have the menu Menu deejiye
Don’t make it spicy Mirchi mat daalna
Water Paani
Tea  Chai
Hurry, we’re very Jaldi, bahut bhookh lag
hungry  rahi hai