Top Ten Hindi Phrases You Should Know Before Visiting Mumbai

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India, the land of diversity, is the land of multiple languages. At every corner, you will find a different language used by the locals to communicate. There are 330 different languages used in India and about 22 renowned religious languages. Hindi is one of the official languages of India. With population of different community, India witnesses celebration of various festivals every day. If we particularly talk about Mumbai, there are languages like Hindi, English, Marathi, and Bambaiya/Mumbaiya (a blend of Hindi, Indian English, Gujarati, Urdu, Marathi, and Konkani), are used for communication.

Hindi language, being the official language, is spoken all across Mumbai and India. So, for the tourists from abroad, visiting Mumbai, it is advisable to learn few important phrases in Hindi to ensure a memorable experience. So, here is the list of ten common, though very useful Hindi phrases that you should know, before visiting Mumbai.

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1.Namaste:The common salutation used for greeting people is ‘Namaste’ (pronunciation: nuh-mus-tay). While greeting, it is customary to hold both the hands pressed together (right hand’s palm and fingers touching the left hand’s palm and fingers, positioned at the chest) and a slightly bow. You would be delighted to see the response of the people as you greet them with ‘Namaste’.


2.Dhanyawad OR Shukriya: Both the phrases of Hindi mean ‘Thank You’ in English. Dhanyawad (pronunciation: dhann-ya-wad) and Shukriya (pronunciation: shook-ri-ya) are the terms used for expressing thankfulness and respect towards an individual for the favor.


3.Aap Kaise Ho AND Bahut Accha: The phrase ‘Aap Kaise Ho’ is said when you want to ask the person’s wellbeing. In English this phrase means ‘How Are You’. Therefore, the phrase ‘Bahut Accha’ is the said in reply to this question if asked. This phrase in English means ‘I Am Fine’.

4.Krupya: The English phrase ‘Please’, in Hindi is ‘Krupya’ (pronunciation: kr-pa-yaa). This phrase has to be used in the most polite matter. Thus, you may also use this as an alternate to ‘Excuse me’.

5.Alvida... Phir Milenge: This is the most common phrase used by the locals while departing for the day. The phrase ‘Alvida... Phir Milenge’ (pronunciation: al-ve-da... Fir Me-len-gay) means ‘Goodbye... See You’, in English. The term ‘Alvida’ is an Urdu word.

6.Maaf Kijeye: Mumbai is undoubtedly very busting city. The buses and trains are jam-packed with travelers. There might be situations where you need to apologize, use the phrase ‘Maaf Kijeye’, which in English means ‘Sorry’. If any local says ‘Maaf Kijeye’ for his/her act, it means the person is apologizing.


7.Theek Hai: In English translated as ‘Okay’, thus, you may use this Hindi term, ‘Theek Hai’, to give your consent regarding something. Thus, ‘Theek Hai’ is also used for saying ‘I Am All Right’.

8.Kitna Hua: If you go for shopping, practice well to say ‘Kitna Hua’ (pronunciation: kith-na hu-wa), which in English means ‘How Much’. For a better bargain at street markets, accompany this phrase with ‘Kuch Discount Hai’, which means ‘Is There Any Discount’, in English.

9.Suprabhat AND Shubhratri: In the morning, you can give a delighted start to your day by greeting the locals with Hind phrase ‘Suprabat’, which means ‘Good Morning’ in English. Therefore, before going to sleep or leaving your group late night, with them with Hind phrase ‘Shubratri’ as this term means ‘Good Night’ in English.

10.Aapka Swagat Hai: If you need to say ‘You Are Welcome’, you may say it as ‘Aapka Swagat Hai’ in Hindi.

So, before you visit Mumbai, make sure you bring these some phrases in use as these are some of the very common terms used in day to day life. Therefore, there phrases will also help you to enjoy a delightful visit to Mumbai.


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