In this Hindi language lesson we discuss the different ways you can ask ‘how are you?’ in Hindi. This lesson will also give you many examples of how to reply to this question. This can be super useful to know especially if you’re planning a trip to India.
How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Hindi – INFORMAL
These can be used with family or friends.
|Kya haal hai?|
These generally mean something along the lines of ‘how’s it going?’.
All 3 of these are commonly used in Hindi – there are plenty more ways to say this, but these are the most common.
How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Hindi – FORMAL
These can be used with people you don’t know or senior people.
|Aap kaise hain? (to a male or group)|
|Aap kaisi hain? (to a female)|
These are formal ways to ask someone how they are. The first is used when speaking to a male or a group, whilst the second is used when speaking to a female. There is only a small difference in the second word so it’s not too much to remember.
How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’
There are many different ways to reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question and a breakdown of the sentence structure.
|I’m good||Main ah-cha hoon|
|I’m fine/okay||Main theek hoon|
|I’m very good/great||Main bahut ah-cha hoon|
|I’m very happy||Main bahut khoosh hoon|
|I’m sick||Main beemaar hoon|
|I’m bad/not good||Main bura hoon|
|I’m tired||Main thak gayaa hoon|
|I’m sad||Main dukhee hoon|
The first thing to note here is the main sentence structure:
Main …….. hoon translates to ‘I am’ – all you need to do is add the adjective.
The word ‘bahut’ that you can see in some of these replies, simply means ‘very’ so you can add it before your adjective if you’re really feeling something! For example, I’m very happy or I’m very tired.
How To Ask ‘And You?’
The final thing you need to know is how to ask ‘and you?’ if someone asks how you are.
These can also be shortened. For example, you could just say ‘Tum?’ rather than ‘Aura tum?’ and you would be understood perfectly. The words ‘aap’ and ‘tum’ both mean you (aap is formal and tum is informal).
I hope this Hindi language lesson was useful. You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Hindi and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! If you’re travelling to India soon, make sure you check out our India travel guide.
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