Hindi Lesson Plan – Various Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ In Hindi

Whether it's Valentine's Day or Sweetest Day that's approaching, you will want to pay attention to this lesson plan: We will learn to say

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I love you in Hindi. There are several synonyms for love in Hindi and different ways of saying I love you. Theek hai? Chalo dekhte hai. (Okay? Let's see).

Subject: Learning to Speak Hindi – to say I love you in Hindi.

Objectives: Students will learn the Hindi words for love and learn to say 'I love you' in Hindi.

Prior Knowledge: It will help to know the following in Hindi –

  • Main – I
  • Tum, Tu (informal) -You
  • Aap (formal) – You.
  • The formal 'Aap' is always used for someone older, an authority figure, and someone you don't know very well. Some people also use it as a polite address in place of the familiar 'tum' or 'tu', so even children can be addressed as 'aap'.

  • Hindi follows a subject-object-verb sentence structure. So, while you would say 'I love you' in English, you would say 'I you love' in Hindi; that is, 'Main tumse pyar karta/karti hoon.'
  • Hindi verbs change according to subject gender, subject number, tense, action and formal/informal aspects.
  • Hindi has two genders, masculine and feminine; and two numbers, singular and plural.
  • Hindi is written in the Devanagari script. This is a phonetic script. Words are pronounced as they are written.
  • Devanagari alphabet – Not essential, but it wouldn't hurt to know the basics.
  • It might help to know a bit about Indian culture.
  • The 'n' at the end of 'main' and 'hoon' is nasal. You don't pronounce 'main' as the English word 'main' or 'hoon' like the word 'loon'.

Materials:

  • Chalkboard
  • Chalk
  • Worksheets written in Devanagari script

Procedure:

There are several synonyms for love in Hindi. You can write these on the board for everyone to see, in both English and Devanagari. The synonyms are as follows –

  • Prem – love
  • Pyar – love
  • Mohhabbat – love
  • Iskh – love

Three other synonyms, which would not generally be used in the 'I love you' address form are:

  • Kaam – lust
  • Sneh – affection/platonic love
  • Mamta – affection/platonic love/maternal love

Write and read aloud the following Hindi sentences, all of which mean 'I love you':

  • Main tumse prem karta hoon (masculine)
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    Main tumse premr karti hoon (feminine)

  • Main tumse pyar karta hoon (masculine)
  • Main tumse pyar karti hoon (feminine)
  • Main aapse pyar karta hoon (masculine)
  • Main aapse pyar karti hoon (feminine)
  • Mujhe tumse pyar hai
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    Mujhe tumse mohhabbat hai

Here are some variations:
  • Mujhe tumse iskh huwa hai – I have fallen in love with you
  • Main bhi tumse/aapse prem/pyar/mohhabbat karta/karti hoon – I love you too
  • Mujhe bhi tumse iskh huwa hai – I have also fallen in love with you

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And, of course, if you don't want the romantic attention, you can say:

  • Mujhe akela chod do! – Leave me alone!

A bit melodramatic in the Bollywood style, but it ought to work. If not, here's another Hindi word –

  • Bacchao! – Help or Save me!

Assessment:

Ask the students to say I love you in Hindi out loud and check that they get the pronunciation right.

Extensions:

Use the Devanagari worksheets to practice writing in Hindi.

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