Indian Arts and Culture Hinduism Translate English to Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu or Kannada Share Flipboard Email Print Linka A Odom / Getty Images Hinduism Indian Arts and Culture India Past and Present Important Texts Temples and Organizations Hindu Gods Hindu Gurus and Saints by Subhamoy Das Subhamoy Das is the co-author of "Applied Hinduism: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World." He has also written several children and young adult books about Hinduism. Updated March 25, 2019 If you're planning to travel to India and want to learn the language, brace yourself: There isn't just one. Depending on where in the country you're traveling, you may need to know one (or more) of the 22 official languages recognized in India (some estimates put the true number of languages spoken in the thousands, but officially there are 22). Hindi is the most widely spoken language in India, and English is very common in its cities and major urban areas. But if you plan to be in the country for a while and want to be able to communicate, if you're outside an urban center you'll want to at least know some common words and phrases. English to Hindi / Bengali / Marathi Here's a list of common words, phrases and sentences in three of the major Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali and Marathi, translated from English. This isn't a comprehensive list, but it will at least get you started and let you find your way around. English Hindi Bengali Marathi Yes Ha Ha Hoye/Ho No Nahi Na Nako Thank you Dhanyavaad Dhanyabad Dhanyavaad Thank you very much Aapakaa bahut bahut dhanyavaad Tomake onek dhanyabad Tumcha Khup Dhanyavaad You're welcome Aapakaa svaagat hai Swagatam Suswagatam Please Kripyaa Anugrah kore Krupya Excuse me Shamma kare Maaf korben Maaf Kara Hello Namaste Nomoskar Namaskar Goodbye Alavidha (namaste) Accha - Aashi Accha Yetho So long Phir milengay Abar dekha hobe Evada ved Good morning Shubha prabhaat Suprovat Suprabhat Good afternoon Namaste Subha aparannah Namaskar Good evening Namaste Subha sandhya Namaskar Good night Shubha raatri Subha ratri Shubh Ratri I do not understand Mai nahii samajta hu Ami bujhte parchi na Mala samjat nahi How do you say this in [English]? Aap ise angrezi mei kaise bolengay? Apni eta engraji te ki bolben? Heey engraji madhye Kase mhanaiche? Do you speak ... ? Kyaa aap...bolate hain? Apni ki bolte paren? Tumhi ...boltat? English Angrejii Engraji Engraji French Phransisi Pharasi Phransisi German German Germani German Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Chinese Cheeni Chinese Cheeni I Mai Aami Me We Hum Amra Aamhi You (singular) Tum Tumi Tu You (formal) Aap Apni Tumhi You (plural) Aap sab Tomra/Apnara Tumhi They Vo sab Onara Thyani/Tey What is your name? Aapka naam kya hai? Aapnar naam ki? Tumche nav kai aahe? Nice to meet you. Aapse milkar khushii huyii Aapnar sathe dekha kore bhalo laglo Tumhala bhetun anand Jhala How are you? Aap kaise hai? Apni kemon achen? Tumhi kashe ahat? Good Achchhey Bhalo Chaangle Bad Buray Baaje/Kharap Wayit So so Thik thak Motamuti Thik Thak Wife Patni Sthree/Bou Baiko Husband Pati Swami/Bor Navra Daughter Beti Kannya/Meye Mulgi Son Beta Putra/Chele Mulga Mother Mataji Maa Aei Father Pitaji Baba Vadil Friend Dost, mitra Bondhu Mitr English to Tami / Telugu / Kannada Next, we'll look at that same list of words and phrases in three other major Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Again, you're not going to be able to recite poetry but you'll be able to converse with a taxi driver or a hotel clerk with the phrases and words in this guide. English Tamil Telugu Kannada Yes Aamam Sare Howdu No Illai Vadu Illa Thank you Nandri Dhaniyavadaalu Dhanyavada Thank you very much Romba Nandri Chala dhaniyavadaalu Bahala Dhanyavada You're welcome Nandri Meku Swagatham Suswagata Please Dayviseiyudhu Daya chesi Dayavittu Excuse me Mannichu vidungal Nannu kshaminchandi Kshamisi Hello Vanakam Namaste Namaskara Goodbye Naan poi varugirane Velli vastaanu Hogi Baruve So long Poitu Varen Chaala kaalamu Hogi Baruthini Good morning Kaalai vanakkam Shubhodayam Shubha dina Good afternoon Maalai Vanakkam Namaskaramulu Namaskara Good evening Maalai Vanakkam Namaskaramulu Namaskara Good night Eeniyaa eeravu Shubha ratri Shubha Ratri I do not understand Yenakku puriyavillai Naaku artham kaaledu Nanage artha vagalilla How do you say this in [English]? Englishil idhay yeppidy solluvengal? Yedi englishlo yela chaptaru Idannu Englishinalli Hege Heluvudu? Do you speak ... ? Neengal ... pesuve-ngala? Meru...matadutara? Nimage...mathaladalu barute? English Angilam Anglamu English French French French French German German German German Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Chinese Chinese Chinese Chinese I Naan Nenu Naanu We Naangal Memu Naavu You (singular) Nee Nuvvu Neenu You (formal) Nee Nuwu Neenu You (plural) Neengal Meeru Neevu They Avargal Vaallu Avaru What is your name? Ungal peyar enna Mee peru emitti? Nimma Hesaru Yenu? Nice to meet you. Ungalai sandhithadhil magilchi Meemalni kalisi chala santosham aiyindi Nimmanu Bhetiyagiddu Santosha How are you? Sowkyama? Yelavunaru Neevu Hege Iddira? 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