Learn to Speak Hindi – Vocabulary For Visiting the Railway Station

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If you happen to visit India and intend to travel around, you'll probably find yourself at the railway station at some point. The Hindi used here, to teach you what you need for communication in a train station, is the colloquial everyday language that makes liberal use of English words. We call it Hinglish.

The best way to learn Hindi conversation is to practice it, regularly, and preferably on the natives.

  • Where is the railway station? – Railway station kahan hai?
  • I want to go to the railway station – Mujhe railway station jana hai
  • Where is the entrance to the railway station? – Railway station ke andar jane ke liye rasta kahan hai? /Railway station ka prawesh dwar kahan hai?
  • Where is the local ticket counter? – Local ticket ka counter kahan hai?
  • Where can I make out of town ticket reservations? –
  • Main bahar gaon ke liye ticket reservation kahan kar sakta hoon? (m.) Main bahar gaon ke liye ticket reservation kahan kar sakti hoon? (f.)

  • I want a sleeper coach. – Mujhe sleeper coach chahiye.
  • I want a first class AC ticket – Mujhe First Class AC ka ticket chahiye.
  • I want to book a coupe. – Mujhe coupe ka booking karna hai.
  • I want an upper berth. – Mujhe uparwala berth chahiye.
  • I want a lower berth. – Mujhe nichaywala berth chahiye.
  • I want to get a monthly travel pass – Mujhe monthly pass nikalna hai.
  • I want tickets for two. – Mujha do ticket chahiye.

  • Where can I see the train schedules? –
  • Main train ka schedule kahan dekh sakta hoon? (m.) Main train ka schedule kahan dekh sakti hoon? (f.)

  • I would like to buy a train time table – Mujhe train ka time table kharidna hain.
  • I want to know if there is a train for XYZ today – XYZ ke liye train hain kya aaj?
  • What time does it come? – Kitne baje aayegi?
  • What time does it leave? – Kitne baje jayegi?
  • How much to carry my luggage, brother? – Saaman uthanay ka kitna, bhaiyya? (Everyone's an instant relative in India. Most people will freely address you as Uncle, Auntie, Sister, Brother, Father or Mother. Enjoy it!)
  • I will purchase my ticket through a vending machine –
  • Main mera ticket vending machine say kharid loonga (m.) Main mera ticket vending machine say kharid loongi (f.)

  • I like the food served at the railway canteen. The food here is very tasty. – Mujhe railway canteen main ka khana pasand hai. Yahan ka khana bahoot swadisht hain.
  • I'm going to have an espresso from the coffee stall. –
  • Main coffee stall say espresso lene wala hoon. (m.) Main coffee stall say espresso lene wali hoon. (f.)

  • I'm going to buy a magazine or a book to read on the train. –
  • Main train main padne ke liye magazine ya kitab kharidne wala hoon (m.) Main train main padne ke liye magazine ya kitab kharidne wali hoon (f.)

  • They often serve excellent meals on Indian Railways. – Bharatiya railway main aksar ekdum khas khana milta hain.
  • You can get vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food – Aapko shakahari aur uske vyatirikta masahari khana bhi mil sakta hain.
  • I want a window seat. – Mujhe window seat chahiye/Mujhe khidki ke pas seat chahiye.
  • Here's my ticket. – Ye lo mera ticket.
  • Excuse me, I think this is my seat. – Maf karna, mujhe lagta hai yeh meri seat hai.

Vocabulary –

Book – Kitab

Brother – Bhaiyya

Door – Dwar

Entrance – Andar ka rasta/Prawesh dwar

Excellent/Good/Special – Khas

Excuse me – Maf karna

Food – Khana

How much- Kitna

I – Main

In addition.as well – Vyatirikta

Indian – Bharatiya

Inside – Andar

Lower – Nichay

Non-vegetarian – Masahari

Often – Aksar

Out – Bahar

Out of Town – Bahar gaon

Tasty – Swadisht

To get/To meet – Milna

To go – Jana

To purchase – Kharidna

To read – Padna

To see – Dekhna

Town – Gaon

Two – Do

Upper – Upar

Vegetarian – Shakahari

Way/Road – Rasta

Where – Kahan

Window – Khidki

Additional Resource and Downloadable Vocabulary Sheet

Please also see "Learning Hindi – Taking a Bus Ride" here on Bright Hub Education

The vocabulary and phrases used in this article can be downloaded on a Word doc here.