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Basic Hindi : Meetings and Greetings
Learning to greet people is an essential part of learning a new language. India is one of the most diverse countries in the world. It is a sophisticated, modern, industrial leader that is home to many primitive tribes and millions of poor people. Religion and language separate people. The caste system limits social mobility (600,000 people belong to the lowest caste).
Westerners may shake hands, however, greeting with 'namaste' (na-mas-TAY) (placing both hands together with a slight bow) is appreciated and shows respect for Indian customs. Men shake hands with men when meeting or leaving. Men do not touch women when meeting or greeting. Western women may offer their hand to a westernized Indian man, but not normally to others. Traditional Indian women may shake hands with foreign women but not usually with men.
Use your right hand only to touch someone, pass money or pick up merchandise. The left hand is considered unclean. When an Indian answers, "I will try," he or she generally means "no." This is considered a polite "no."
Hi!: नमस्ते (namaste)
Good morning: सुप्रभात (Suprabhaat)
Good evening: शुभ संध्या (Shubh sundhyaa)
Good night: शुभ रात्री। (Shubh raatri)
Welcome: आपका स्वागत हैं। (Aapka swaagat hai!)
How are you?: आपका स्वागत हैं। (Aapka swaagat hai!)
I am fine: मैं ठीक हुँ । ( Mein theek hoon, shukriya!)
What about you?: और आप? (Aur aap?)
I'm fine, thanks: मैं ठीक हुँ । (Mein theek hoon, shukriya)
Good-bye: अलविदा। (Alvida)
See you later: अलविदा। (Phir milen-gay)
Enjoy your meal: बॉन एपेतीत (Bona epetita)
Good luck: शुभ कामनाएँ (Shubh Kaamnaayein)
Happy Birthday: जनमदिन की शुभेच्छाएँ (Janamdin kee shubhaechaen)
Merry Christmas: क्रिसमस की बधाइयाँ (Christmas kee badhaaeeyaan)
Happy New Year: नए साल की शुभेच्छाएँ (Naaey saal kee shubhaechaen)
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