How to ask ‘How are you’ in Hindi?

Hindi for Foreigners

Asking ‘How are you’ or ‘How do you do’ in Hindi is really simple. However, foreigners need to take care that the sentences change with the gender.

I have tried to provide all the variations that may revolve around the same basic sentence.

Word Key

Hindi Word Meaning (Usage)
Āpa You (respectful)
Tuma You (Informal)
Wo He, she, they (not present)
Kaise How
Kaisī How (female)
Hai’n Are (Plural, Formal)
Ho Are (singular)
Hai Are (Singular Informal)

 

Asking a Male: How are you?

When you have to ask the question from male but offering him some respect due to age, position, or if the person is not informally comfortable with you (like if you have met him once or twice).

Hindi

Just notice the ‘n. It’s the small nasal sound that may totally change the meaning of the word. This is very particular to Hindi and is different from the usual function played by Anuswāra.

 

Asking a Female: How are you?

When you have to ask the same question from a female but offering her some respect due to age, position, or if the person is not informally comfortable with you (like if you have met her once or twice).

 

Hindi for female

 

 

Asking a male informally

This expression is used when you have to address the person informally due to friendly comfort, young age, or low in position.

 

Hindi

 

Asking a female informally

This expression is used when you have to address a woman informally due to friendly comfort, young age, or low in position.

 

Hindi for female

 

Asking about a male not present at the scene

This expression is used when you have to ask about a male who is not present at the scene.

 

 

 

Hindi for him and they

 

Asking about a female not present at the scene

This expression is used when you have to ask about a female who is not present at the scene.

 

Hindi for she

 

Asking about a male not present at the scene (Informal)

This expression is used when you have to ask about a female who is not present at the scene but in an informal way due to young age, authority, etc.

Hindi for He

 

 

Asking about a female not present at the scene (Informal)

This expression is used when you have to ask about a female who is not present at the scene but in an informal way.

Hindi for she

 

Asking in plural

All the above expressions are used for singular version only. If you have to ask for plural subjects, you can add a single word to all of them after the first word and it will take care of every condition that might be there.

The word that you can add is सभी, which is read as “Sabhī”.

For example, it will now read as:

Wo Sabhī Kaise Hai’n?

Tum Sabhī Kaise Ho?

Further, in day-to-day usage, this word takes the for of “Saba”, which speaking.

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