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Slangs and Colloquialisms (contd.) Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in Hindi Language

 In a previous blog we looked at some local lingo. Look back to refresh your memory. Today we will learn some more. The following Hindi slang phrases are typical in Mumbai.

1. आज मीटिंग में मैं सॉलिड पक गयी

“Bored Meeting” Image on Flickr by Myk Martinez

Aaj meeting mein main solid pak gayi
Figurative: I was so completely bored in the meeting today.
Literally, पक गयी (pak gayi) means “got cooked.” However, when used figuratively, it means “to be completely bored.” Adding “solid” in front of this phrase intensifies the expression of boredom.
2. तू किसको टोपी पहना रहा है? 
Tu kisko topi pehna raha hai?
Figurative: Who do you think you are fooling?
Literal: On whose head are you putting a cap/hat?
3. लगता है आज तेरी चाँदी है। 
Lagta hai aaj teri chaandi hai.
Literal: It seems like you are getting silver today.
Figurative: Today is your lucky day!
4. कल रात को बैडमिंटन खेलने के बाद मैंने दबाके खाया। 

“going down” Image on Flickr.com by marktristan

Kal raat ko badminton khelne ke baad maine dabaake khaya.
Figurative: Last night, after playing badminton, I ate a lot.
Literally, दबाके खाया means that you “pressed/compacted and ate.” However, figuratively it means “to eat until you are full to the gills.” The use of दबाना (dabaana) or “to press down” indicates that you are pressing down more food than is normal for you. This phrase doesn’t necessarily mean that you are/were hungry. It just means that you are eating/ate a lot more than you usually do.
5. मेरा काम ख़तम नहीं हुआ।  कल ऑफिस में मेरी वाट लगने वाली है। 
Mera kaam khatam nahin hua. Kal office mein meri vaat lagne vaali hai.
Figurative: I didn’t finish (khatm) my work. I’m going to be in deep trouble at work tomorrow.
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Namaste, friends. My name is Nitya. I was born and raised in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). I'm a native Hindi speaker. However, as life took me through school, college, work, and waves of friends from different parts of India, my repertoire of Hindi flavors and dialects grew and added dimension to my native fluency. Casual, formal, colloquial, and regional ... Hindi is a language with incredible variety and localization. Through this blog, I will help you learn Hindi through conversations, vocabulary, colloquialisms, and glimpses of Indian culture. आओ, मिलकर हिंदी सीखते हैं। (Aao, milkar Hindi seekhte hain!) Come, let's learn Hindi together.