Day 7

Learn Hindi

Revise what you have learnt from Day 1 to Day 6. Try to make new sentences and participate in conversations with the words and sentences you have learned.

In this lesson you will learn to talk about some activity you are doing at present. If someone calls and asks you, what are you doing? You may say, ‘I am drinking coffee.’ So how will this conversation take place in Hindi?

Hello aap kya kar rahe hain? (polite)

Hello tum kya kar rahe ho? (non-polite)

Mai coffee pee rahaa hoon. (male)

Mai coffee pee rahi hoon (female)

am drinking – pee rahaa hoon / pee rahi hoon

peena is to drink, rahaa or rahi adds the ing part and hoon stands for ‘am’

Mai coffee pee rahaa hoon.

I coffee drink ing am

I am drinking coffee.

In English the verb follows the subject and in Hindi it always comes at the end of the sentence and the object follows the verb.

I am doing something – Mai kuch kar rahaa hoon. Mai kuch kar rahi hoon.

I am thinking. – Mai soch rahaa hoon. Mai soch rahi hoon.

I am eating. – Mai khaa rahaa hoon. Mai khaa rahi hoon.

I am eating food. – Mai khaanaa khaa rahi hoon. Mai khaanaa khaa rahaa hoon.

I am drinking water. – Mai paani pee rahi hoon. Mai paani pee rahaa hoon.

I am trying to sleep. – Mai sone ki koshish kar rahi hoon. Mai sone ki koshish kar rahaa hoon.

Compare these two sentences. One is the habitual present, everyday activity, and the other is present continuous, happening at the moment of speaking.

I drink coffee in the morning. main subah kophee peeta hoon.

Now I am drinking tea. ab main chaay pee raha hoon.

For action happening at present the verb + rahaa or rahi is used. This is similar to using ‘ing’ with verbs in English. But there is a difference.

Go + ing – going

jaataa + rahaa – jaarahaa

She goes to school everyday. – vo har roj school jaati hai.

She is going to school now. – vo abhi school jaa rahi hai.

Watch the video and learn to say these sentences.

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