Asking Directions (Hindi for Travelers)

Asking Directions [HINDI FOR TRAVELERS]

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Essential Words

  • Here — Yahan

 

  • There — Wahan

 

  • Near — Paas

 

  • Turn — Moud

 

  • Crossing (intersection) — Chauraha

 

  • Round-about — Gol-chakkar

 

  • Street — Sadak/gali

 

  • Next street — Agli sadak/gali

 

  • Toward — Ki aur

 

  • Straight — Sidhe

 

  • Behind — Pichhe

 

  • At the corner. — Kone par.

 

  • Cross (to cross a road) — Paar karna

 

  • Where — Kahan (questions)/ Jahan (affirmatives)

 

 

Common Phrases

 

  • Can you help me? — Kya aap meri madad kar sakte hain?

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    Kya aap kar sakte hain? (here means: can you?) | aap (you) | meri (my) | madad (help).

 

  • Can you tell me the directions? — Kya aap mujhe raasta bata sakte hain?

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    Kya aap bata sakte hain? (here means: can you tell?) | aap (you) | mujhe (me) | bata (tell) | raasta (means way, can be used for directions).

 

  • Where is this place? — Yeh jagah kahan hai?
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    Yeh (this) | jagah (place) | kahan (where) | hai (literal sense: to exist).

 

  • I want to go here/there (pointing to a map) — Main yahan/wahan jaana chahta hu.
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    Main (I) | yahan (here) | wahan (there) | jaana (go) | chahta (want to).

 

  • Where is this restaurant? — Yeh restaurant kahan hai?
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    Yeh (this) | kahan (where) | hai (literal sense: to exist).

 

  • The restaurant is close to SBI bank. — Restaurant SBI bank ke paas hai.
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    Ke (here means: to) | paas (near or close) | hai (literal sense: to exist).

 

  • What are the places to hang around? — Aas-paas ghumne ke liye konsi jagah hai?
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    Aas-paas (nearby or around) | ghumne ke liye (to hang) | konsi (which or what) | jagah (places or places).

 

  • Can you show me on the map? — Kya aap mujhe map par dikha sakte hain?
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    aap (you) | mujhe (me) | map par (on the map) | dikha (show) | sakte hain? (here means: can you?).

 

  • Is this the right way to/for Ram Temple? — Kya Ram Mandir ke liye yeh raasta sahi hai?
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    Kya (not the exact translation, here means: is) | mandir (temple) | ke liye (for/to) | yeh (this) | raasta (way/road) |  sahi (correct/right).

 

  • Yes, it’s the right way. — Haan, yeh raasta sahi hai.
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    Haan (yes) | sahi (right/correct).

 

  • No, it’s the wrong way. — Nahi, yeh raasta galat hai.
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    Nahi (no/not), galat (wrong/incorrect).

 

  • Is there any ATM nearby? — Aas-paas koi ATM hai kya?
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    Aas-paas (nearby/around) | koi (here means: any) | hai kya? (here means: is there?).

 

  • How far is it? — Kitni duur hai?
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    Kitni (here means: how) | duur (far).

 

  • It’s a kilometer ahead/away. — Yeh ek kilometer aage/duur hai.
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    Yeh (it) | ek (one) | aage (ahead/forward) | duur (far/away).

 

  • It will be to your right/left. — Yeh tumhare sidhe/ulte haath par hoga.
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    Tumhare (your) | sidhe (right) | ulte (left) | haath (hand) | par (here means: to) | hoga (will be).      Remember— “sidhe” also means straight. Ask again, if you have to, to make it clear whether to go straight or go right. Also, “sidhe haath par” & “ulte haath par” phrases mean to right hand side & to left hand side. These phrases are quite common in daily-to-day hindi language.

 

  • Where does this road/way go to? — Yeh raasta kahan jaata hai?
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    jaata (here means: go).

 

  • Where can I take a bus from? — Main bus kahan se le sakta hu?

 

  • When does the bus come here? — Yahan bus kab aati hai?
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    Yahan (here) | kab (when) | aati hai (comes/does come).

 

  • When will the bus come? — Bus kab aayegi?
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    Kab (when) | aayegi (will come).

 

  • Where is this bus going to? — Yeh bus kahan jaa rhi hai?
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    Yeh (this) | kahan (where) | jaa rahi hai (going).

 

  • Is this bus going to Noida? — Kya yeh bus Noida jaa rhi hai?
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    Kya (here means: is, not the exact translation).