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Lesson #17: How Are You?

What are the first things you’re going to want to say (in Hindi!) when you meet someone? Well, we’ve already covered how to say Hello - we saw it in Intro #1. Can you remember what it is? That’s right, we say नमस्ते namaste! So after you’ve said that, what are you going to say next? How about maybe ‘How are you?’. That’s what we’re going to cover today!

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Whenever you meet someone try and practice your Hindi, even if it’s just saying something simple like Hello, How are you?

So let’s get straight into it! Are you ready? To ask ‘How are you?’ to a Male we say…

आप कैसे हैं? aap kaise hain?  
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How are you? (To a Male)

Do you recognise any of the words we have used here? The first word here is आप aap - this is the polite and formal way to say You, as you may have seen in Lesson #15. Next we have the word कैसे kaise this means ‘like what’ or ‘how’. Finally, हैं hain - this means ‘are’. If you want you can learn more about हैं hain in Lesson #22

Whew! Ok, deep breath have you got it? We say आप कैसे हैं? aap kaise hain - How are you? (To a Male). When asking a  female what we say is very slightly different, we say…

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आप कैसी हैं? aap kaisee hain?  
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How are you? (To a Female)

Can you see the difference? It’s very small! कैसे kaise has changed to कैसी kaisee. It still means ‘like what’ or ‘how’, but now it agrees with the feminine subject. Don’t worry about this for now though, you’ll be learning plenty more about it soon!

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So now you’ve asked, ‘How are you?’ you’re going to want to be able to reply! Today we’re just going to learn how to say ‘I am ok’ and ‘I am good’, but if you want to learn some more replies then please check out Lesson #90

Saying ‘I am ok’ is super easy! We just say…

मैं ठीक हूँ main theek hoon
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I am ok (Male and Female)

The word ठीक theek means ‘ok’ and it’s a very, very common Hindi word! You’ll be hearing it all the time, so it’s a good idea to learn it! Told you it was easy! Now to say ‘I am good’ we say…

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मैं अच्छा हूँ main acchaa hoon
I am good (Said by a Male)

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मैं अच्छी हूँ main acchee hoon  
-I am good (Said by a Female)

Can you see the slight difference between them? I’ve been using the word अच्छा acchaa quite a lot so you should be a little familiar with it by now, it just means ‘good’, or even ‘great’. 

And that’s it for today! Try and practice over what you have learnt to help you remember it. Why not practice by asking your friends ‘How are you?’ in Hindi and then teaching them the correct reply! 

Be sure to check out Lesson #90 to learn a few more exciting replies to this question!

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