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In this lesson you will learn about Polite Remarks.

koii baat nahii

[ You're welcome]

You're welcome - koii baat nahii.

Hindi Basic - Polite remarks

Indians are very kind people with deep embodied tradition. This is a hierarchical culture, so greet the eldest or most senior person first. When leaving a group, each person must be bid farewell individually. Shaking hands is common, especially in the large cities among the more educated who are accustomed to dealing with westerners. Men may shake hands with other men and women may shake hands with other women; however there are seldom handshakes between men and women because of religious beliefs. If you are uncertain, wait for them to extend their hand.

Fortunately, Indians are very forgiving toward foreigners who aren't always aware of the etiquette of Indian culture. However, to help you avoid embarrassing mistakes, here are some things not to do in India.

  • Don't wear tight or revealing clothing. Indians adopt a very conservative standard of dress, particularly in rural areas.

  • Don't wear your shoes inside. It's good manners to take your shoes off before entering someone's home, and it's a prerequisite before entering a temple or mosque.

  • Don't eat food or pass objects with your left hand. The left hand is considered to be unclean in India as it's used to perform matters associated with going to the bathroom. Therefore, you should avoid your left hand coming into contact with food or any objects that you pass to people.

  • Don't be offended by intrusive questions. Indians are really inquisitive people and their culture is one where people do anything but mind their own business, often due to the lack of personal space and privacy in India.

Congratulations: बधाई हो! [Badhā'ī hō!]

Example: अपनी नई नौकरी पर बधाई! [Apanī na'ī naukarī para badhā'ī!]

Good luck: सौभाग्य! Saubhāgya!

Sit down, please: कृपया बैठ जाओ [Kr̥payā baiṭha jā'ō]

Can I help you?: क्या मैं आपकी मदद कर सकता हूँ? [Kyā maiṁ āpakī madada kara sakatā hūm̐?]

Would you please send me…- तुम मुझे भेज सकते हैं .. [Tuma mujhē bhēja sakatē haiṁ..]

Would you be so kind to… ताकि आप के लिए तरह का होगा [Tāki āpa kē li'ē taraha kā hōgā]

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