Sunday, August 29, 2010

Toda Hindi

Hindi sentences are structured subject-object-verb, so "I need your help" becomes "I your help need." Many sentences end with "hey" (... is ...), "nay" (... isn't ...), or "hey nah?" (... is ..., isn't it?).
In Hindi, "w" and "v" are interchangeable.

"oa", below, is long "o" as in "boat".
"oo", below, is as in "boo".

T.K. or teak-hey = O.K.
Ah-chah = Good, or Alright
Boaht-Ah-chah = Very-Good
Bin-dahs = Carefree Unrestrained
Boaht- = Very-
Dahn-yah-vahd = Thank-you
Shoo-kree-yah = Thank-you
Hahn = Yes
Nah = No
Hay = Is
Nay = Isn't
Buhss (Sounds like bus) = Enough
Rook-nah = Stop (but Buhss/Enough is more common)
Aur (sounds like Or) = And, or More
Hoagie-yah = Done
Ahp = You
Ahp-keh = Your
Ahp-koa = For-You
Cheh-low = Lets-go
Toa-pee = Cap (Hat)
Chy-yay = I-want, or Is-needed
Chy = Tea, or Chai
Roaz (Sounds like Rose) = Daily
Nah-muh-stay = Hi
Auto = Auto-rickshaw, tuk-tuk, 3-wheeler
Toa-dah = Little
Yah = This
Whoa (Sounds like Woe) = That
Yay-Vah-lah = This-one

Chy = Tea, or Chai
Pah-nee = Water
Tah-lee = Plate, or Plate-of-food
Doohd = Milk
Ruhs = Juice
Ah-loo = Potato
Suhb-jee (Sounds like Sub-G) = Vegetable
Kiss-Miss = Raisins

Dair-vuhz-ah (Sounds like There-was-a) = Door

Oopar = Up, or Raise
Nee-cheh = Down, or Lower
By-har = Out
Oon-dahr = In
See-dahr = Straighten
Koa-low = Open
Bund-kahrow = Close
Ah-gay = Forward
Peachay = Backward
Ool-tah = reverse

By-yanh = Left
Dy-yanh = Right

Haht = Hand
Pow = Leg
Pair = Foot
Kahn = Ear

Ah-bee = Now
Ah-bee-Nay = Not now
Pheer Mil-ehn-gay = See you later
Aik Minute = One minute (or Wait a minute)
Peh-leh x, Pheer y = First x, Then y
Ahp-keh-Seh-Ho? = How are you?
Sahf = clean (adj.)
Sahf-kahroh = to make clean
-kahroh = To make, or to do
Durd = Pain
-wallah = -man, as in postman, garbageman, chai-vallah, tiffin-vallah
Ah-rahm = Rest
Ah-ruhmb = Start, or Begin
Kyah-kow-gay? = What will you have (to eat)? (Say to greet a visitor.)
Doast (rhymes with toast) = friend
Bah-rees = Rain

Everyone mixes English words into Hindi, even attaching Hindi prefixes and suffixes (e.g. boaht-, -kahroh, -wallah) to English words.
Technically, there is no long "i" (as in "ice"), but "ah" + "ee" is real close.