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Learning Hindi For Use During Train Travel

written by: Sonal Panse • edited by: Rebecca Scudder • updated: 10/21/2012

Learn to speak Hindi online with this article on Hindi conversational phrases. The topic here is railway stations and traveling via train..There are two things to keep in mind when learning Hindi: Practice daily, and address all strangers with the formal 'Aap' (you) rather than the casual 'Tum.'

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    All Aboard!

    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.
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    • 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.
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    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 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

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    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.