06 January 2009

Hindi Word of the Day Archives for December 2008

kaun? (who? which?)

jo (who, the one who, which [relative, not interrogative form])

jo koii (whoever; whichever, whatever)

jo kuch (whatever; whichever)

koii (some, any; someone)

koii nahiin (nobody, no one, not any)

koii na koii (someone or other)

har koii (everyone)

kuch (something, anything; some, any; a little, a few)

kuch kuch (somewhat, rather)

kuch aur (some more, something further; something different)

bahut kuch (a large amount)

kuch nahiin (nothing)

kuch na kuch (something or other; somewhat, a little)

sab kuch (everything)

kuch bhii (whatever; anything at all); kuch bhii nahiin (nothing at all)

manzil (stage of journey; story, floor; destination)

rasta (way, road)

mushkil (difficult, difficulty)

aaj (today)

aajkal (these days, nowadays)

har (each, every)

havaa (air, breeze)

faislaa (decision, judgement)

ruubaruu (face to face)

rishtaa (relationship, connection)

havaaii jahaaz (airplane)

baar (time, occasion); pahli baar (first time); ek baar (one time, on one occasion)

sadaa (ever, always, constantly)

samay (time)

saal, varsh, baras (year); san (year of calendar)



I am not a native Hindi speaker. The words I list are either ones I have picked up by watching Bollywood movies or from perusing my Hindi reference books, including Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi Script, Teach Yourself Hindi Dictionary, Teach Yourself Hindi Complete Course, Living Language Hindi Complete Course, and best of all, the enormous Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary. Despite all these reference sources, it is still totally possible that I read something wrong or misunderstood it--so keep in mind that this list is made by someone who's only been watching Hindi movies on a regular basis since November 2007 and has no previous experience with the language.

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