Ready to learn some different greetings in Hindi so you can use more than just a simple “Namasthae”? After this free audio lesson you’ll know some expressions to use at different times of the day, and for casual and formal occasions.
Listen to the native speakers greeting each other, and then go ahead and practice saying each phrase aloud. Once you’re feeling confident with different ways to say hello in Hindi you’ll learn some different ways to say goodbye in Hindi as well.
It’s important to get the basics right, and the Hindi-speaking people you meet will really appreciate your efforts. You know you’re saying it correctly if they keep talking, expecting you to keep up!
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Namasthae or Namaskaar can be used to greet as mentioned above at any time. They have more of a formal tone. These words can also be used when people say good bye!
The audio clips will help you to hear some time based greetings.
Good morning! (not commonly used)
शुभ रात्रि !
śubha rātri !
But generally you can use “Namsthae” irrespective of the time of the day.
Nowadays it is quite common to use English greetings, like “hi” and “bye bye,” but these are considered to be casual. Listen to the link below to hear some informal Hindi greetings…
अरे यार !
are yāra !
There are some greetings that you will only hear in certain regions.
The way of greeting “Khuda hafis” is more Urdu and is commonly used by Muslims in India. “Jay Sreekrishna” is a typical Gujarathi greeting, where sreekrishna is a Hindu God. There could be regional and cultural variations in the way of greeting, but I repeat , “Namasthae“ is always safe. Reply to Namasthae is also Namsthae. You can prefix “Namsthae” with the person’s name, if you wish.
नमस्ते रोहन !
नमस्ते उमा !
As mentioned earlier, “Namaste” is a magic word and can be used when you say farewell. There are some other ways too to say goodbye. Please listen to the audio.
Let’s listen to some casual farewells…
जल्दी मिलेंगे ।
See you soon
बाद में मिलेंगे ।
bāda meṃ mileṃge
See you later
फिर मिलेंगे ।
phira mileṃge ।
See you again
That’s it for this lesson. Using different greetings will make you sound more fluent, so try to remember as many as you can.
If you want more lessons on Hindi salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:
फिर मिलेंगे (phir milenge),
Nikita Sharma: Rocket Hindi
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