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Archive for August, 2009

Similar Hindi Words Posted by on Aug 31, 2009

These words are similar in spelling, but different in meaning. Be careful of these words! सुजन = gentleman सृजन = creation संत = saint शत = one hundred बाँस = bamboo बास = smell प्रणाम = salute प्रमाण = proof परिमाण = extent परिणाम = effect प्रवाह = flow परवाह = care पत्ता = leaf…

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Compound Verbs Posted by on Aug 26, 2009

All Hindi verbs end with ना. When you remove the suffix ना, you’re left with the stem of the verb. In Hindi, there are some verbs that only require a single word. These verbs are called simple verbs. There are also compound verbs that take on a second word. Take a look at some of…

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Thug Posted by on Aug 23, 2009

The English word ‘thug’ derives from the Hindi word thag (ठग). The Hindi word thag (ठग) means thief or conman. This isn’t quite true for the English word. While it’s possible that a thug can be a thief, the connotation associated with ‘thug’ is a person who commits a crime (not necessarily having to do…

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Hindi Present Tense Verbs Posted by on Aug 20, 2009

Hindi verbs have to be conjugated to reflect the subject of the sentence. Let’s look at the Hindi verb “to do” in the masculine, using the singular and plural forms. I do : मैं करता हूँ You do : आप करते हैं He/It does : वह  करता है   We do : हम करते हैं You…

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Gender of Hindi Nouns Posted by on Aug 17, 2009

Namaste! (नमस्ते) Today we’ll take at the gender of Hindi nouns and I’ll give examples of some sentences that show the change in gender of nouns. Hindi nouns are either masculine or feminine. Masculine nouns often end in ā. Example: लड़का  (boy), राजा  king However, there are masculine nouns that don’t end in ā. घर …

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Possessive Pronouns Posted by on Aug 14, 2009

My मेरा Your (informal)(singular) तेरा Your (informal)(plural) तुम्हारा Your (formal)(plura) आपका His उसका Her उसका It’s उसका Our हमारा Their उनका Hindi possessive pronouns change depending on the gender and whether the noun is singular or plural. For example, ‘his dog’ in Hindi is उसका कुत्ता. However, ‘his dogs’ will be उसके कुत्ते. Notice that the…

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Days of the Week Posted by on Aug 11, 2009

Sunday : रविवार ravivaar. Surya (सूर्य) is the god that presides over this day of the wee. Surya (सूर्य) literally means ‘the supreme light.’ He (सूर्य) is the god of the sun and is represented as having his hair and arms made of gold. Monday : सूर्य somavaar. Soma (सोम) is the god that presides over this…

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