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Conversations in Hindi – Shopping Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Hindi Language

When you are in Delhi or any north Indian city, how will you carry out a conversation in a shop?

Let me show you, how we usually carry out our conversation while dealing with a Sales Person. Conversations are in Hindi and translations are given in English. First, I would like to tell a important point. In general, people usually do not exchange any greeting. In some shops, sales person usually greets the customer and offer their assistance. However, it is also not unusual to see no exchange of greeting between a sales owner/sales person and a customer.

James goes to a Shoe store to purchase a nice pair of shoes. He goes to a famous market in New Delhi and enters into a Shoe store.

दुकानदार: क्या में आपकी मदद कर सकता हूँ?
Sales Person: May I help you?
जमेस: हाँ, मैं अपने लिए सही से जूते देखना चाहता हूँ.
James: Yes, I am looking for a nice pair of shoes.
दुकानदार: आप अपना पैर का नंबर बतायंगे? (आपका पैर का नंबर कितना है?)
Sales Person: May I have your Shoe size? (What is your Shoe size)
जमेस: 8 नंबर.
James: Size 8.
दुकानदार: आप कैसे जूते देखना चाहेंगे? स्पोर्ट या फोर्मल?
Sales Person: Which kind of shoes would you like to try? Sports or formal?
जमेस: मुझे फोर्मल जूते चाहिए.
James: I want a pair of formal shoes.
दुकानदार: लेस वाले या बिना लेस वाले?
Sales Person: With Shoe lace or without?
जमेस: लेस वाले.
James: With Shoe lace.
दुकानदार: फिर आप यहाँ रखे जूते देखिये यह नए डिजाईन अभी ही आये हैं.
Sales Person: Then have a look on shoes over there. These new designs have just came.
जमेस: यह वाले जूते दिखाये तो जरा.
James: Please show me the shoes over there.
दुकानदार जमेस को जूते पहना कर दिखता है. जमेस को वो जूते सही से फिट नहीं आते हैं.
Sales Person fit the shoes in James’s feet (It is customary for a sales person in Shoe store in India to help the customer in try out the shoes)
जमेस: यह जूते कुछ छोटे है. कुछ बड़े जूते दिखाये.
James: These shoes are little tight. Please show me some bigger shoes.
दुकानदार: फिर यह जूते पहनकर देखये. यह जूते आप पर सही आने चाहिए.
Sales Person: Then try these one. These shoes should fit good on you.
दुकानदार जमेस को जूते पहनता है. जमेस को जूते फिट और पसंद आते हैं.
Sales Person helps James to try out again. James likes the fit and looks of the shoes.
जमेस: यह कितने के हैं?
James: How much these cost?
दुकानदार: यह 2500 के हैं
Sales Person: The cost is 2500. ( Please note that rupee after 2500 has been omitted which is usual in our normal conversations )
जमेस: यह जूते पैक कर दीजिए.
James: Please pack these shoes.
दुकानदार जूते पैक करता है और जूतों का बिल बनता है.
Sales Person packs the shoes and he makes the transaction receipt.
दुकानदार: यह रहा आपका जूतों का बिल. अगर जूतों में कोई कमी निकले तो आप बिल के साथ वापस कर सकते हैं.
Sales Person: Here is the transaction receipt. You can return the shoes along with this receipt in case of any defect in Shoe.
जमेस बिल के पैसे देता है
James gives the money.
दुकानदार: थैंक्स/धन्यवाद्. फिर आयेगा.
Sales Person: Thanks. Please come again.
जमेस. थैंक्स/धन्यवाद्
James: Thanks.

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About the Author: Nitin Kumar

Nitin Kumar is a native Hindi speaker from New Delhi, India. His education qualification include Masters in Robotics and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is working in the Research and Development in Robotics in Germany. He is avid language learner with varied level of proficiency in English, German, Spanish, and Japanese. He wish to learn French one day. His passion for languages motivated him to share his mother tongue, Hindi, and culture and traditions associated with its speakers. He has been working with Transparent Language since 2010 and has written over 430 blogs on various topics on Hindi language and India, its culture and traditions. He is also the Administrator for Hindi Facebook page which has a community of over 330,000 members.


  1. Nadia:

    Sorry, but for me this is fake. Don’t you have to bargin when you’re shopping? And in India shoes for 2500 rupees? Are we talking about shoes made of gold? Or maybe Gucci’s?

    • Nitin:

      @Nadia Dear Nadia, it depends where you do your shopping. In supermarket or shopping malls, shops have fixed price so nobody can bargin these days. Instead of bargaining, they do have discounted rates. People bargin in traditional market & street shop which are rapidly disappearing. Even in traditional shops, the sales person is clever enough to raise the item price if a woman customer comes, because women are known to bargain a lot.
      About the price, well the price have sky rocketed since the economy boom. These days if you want something good, it comes at a good price. These days, a good pair of shoes even from a local brand can start from 1000 to 7000 rupee. Therefore, I took the middle figure of 2500 rupee.

  2. Shadab-Hindi Translator:

    Nitin, I do agree with you, but when you mention all these conversation it would be great if you also mention some more related with negotiation, because Negotiation do happens in everywhere that is why Nadia is not very much conveniences. Its only a lack of negotiation otherwise all is good

    Thanks for sharing.