Translate English to Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu or Kannada

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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.

EnglishHindiBengaliMarathi
YesHaHaHoye/ Ho
NoNahiNaNako
Thank YouDhanyavaadDhanyabadDhanyavaad
Thank you very muchAapakaa bahut bahut dhanyavaadTomake onek dhanyabadTumcha Khup Dhanyavaad
You're welcomeAapakaa svaagat haiSwagatamSuswagatam
PleaseKripyaaAnugrah koreKrupya
Excuse meShamma kareMaaf  korbenMaaf Kara
HelloNamasteNomoskarNamaskar
GoodbyeAlavidha (namaste)Accha - AashiAccha Yetho
So longPhir milengayAbar dekha hobeEvada ved
Good morningShubha prabhaatSuprovatSuprabhat
Good afternoonNamasteSubha aparannahNamaskar
Good eveningNamasteSubha sandhyaNamaskar
Good nightShubha raatriSubha ratriShubh Ratri
I do not understandMai nahii samajta huAmi bujhte parchi naMala 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?
EnglishAngrejiiEngrajiEngraji
FrenchPhransisiPharasiPhransisi
GermanGermanGermaniGerman
SpanishSpanishSpanishSpanish
ChineseCheeniChineseCheeni
IMaiAamiMe
WeHumAmraAamhi
You (singular)TumTumiTu
You (formal)AapApniTumhi
You (plural)Aap sabTomra/ApnaraTumhi
TheyVo sabOnaraThyani / Tey
What is your name?Aapka naam kya hai?Aapnar naam ki?Tumche nav kai aahe?
Nice to meet you.Aapse milkar khushii huyiiAapnar sathe dekha kore bhalo lagloTumhala bhetun anand Jhala
How are you?Aap kaise hai?Apni kemon achen?Tumhi kashe ahat?
GoodAchchheyBhaloChaangle
BadBurayBaaje/KharapWayit
So soThik thakMotamutiThik Thak
WifePatniSthree/BouBaiko
HusbandPatiSwami/BorNavra
DaughterBetiKannya/MeyeMulgi
SonBetaPutra/CheleMulga
MotherMatajiMaaAei
FatherPitajiBabaVadil
FriendDost, mitraBondhuMitr
 

 

English to Tamil / 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.

 

EnglishTamilTeluguKannada
YesAamamSareHowdu
NoIllaiVaduIlla
Thank YouNandriDhaniyavadaaluDhanyavada
Thank you very muchRomba NandriChala dhaniyavadaaluBahala Dhanyavada
You're welcomeNandriMeku SwagathamSuswagata
PleaseDayviseiyudhuDaya chesiDayavittu
Excuse meMannichu vidungalNannu kshaminchandiKshamisi
HelloVanakamNamasteNamaskara
GoodbyeNaan poi varugiraneVelli vastaanuHogi Baruve
So longPoitu VarenChaala kaalamuHogi Baruthini
Good morningKaalai vanakkamShubhodayamShubha dina
Good afternoonMaalai VanakkamNamaskaramuluNamaskara
Good eveningMaalai VanakkamNamaskaramuluNamaskara
Good nightEeniyaa eeravuShubha ratriShubha Ratri
I do not understandYenakku puriyavillaiNaaku artham kaaleduNanage artha vagalilla
How do you say this in [English]?Englishil idhay yeppidy solluvengal?Yedi englishlo yela chaptaruIdannu Englishinalli Hege Heluvudu?
Do you speak ...Neengal ...
pesuve-ngala?
Meru...matadutara?Nimage ....mathaladalu barute?
EnglishAngilamAnglamuEnglish
FrenchFrenchFrenchFrench
GermanGermanGermanGerman
SpanishSpanishSpanishSpanish
ChineseChineseChineseChinese
INaanNenuNaanu
WeNaangalMemuNaavu
You (singular)NeeNuvvuNeenu
You (formal)NeeNuwuNeenu
You (plural)NeengalMeeruNeevu
TheyAvargalVaalluAvaru
What is your name?Ungal peyar ennaMee peru emitti?Nimma Hesaru Yenu?
Nice to meet you.Ungalai sandhithadhil magilchiMeemalni kalisi chala santosham aiyindiNimmanu Bhetiyagiddu Santosha
How are you?Sowkyama?YelavunaruNeevu Hege Iddira?
GoodNalladhuManchiVolleyadu
BadKettadhuCheduKettadu
So soParavaillaiParvaleduParavagilla
WifeManaviBharyaHendati
HusbandPurushanBhartaGanda
DaughterPen kolandaiKuturuMagalu
SonAan kolandaiKodukuMaga
MotherThayeAmmaThayi
FatherThagappanNannaThande
FriendNanbanSnahituduGeleya