Have you ever wanted to discover a new language? You can have the opportunity to learn Hindi during your internship in New Delhi!
Kya aap ko Hindi bhaasha samajh mein aati hai?
This might be the first question you’re asked upon arrival for your internship in New Delhi. It means, “Do you understand Hindi?” In major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, English is widely spoken, but you will be amazed to see the kind of response you get as a foreigner if you try to converse in Hindi.
Learn Hindi while interning in New Delhi
“There is something beyond delightful about hearing a foreigner speak our local language,” says Vidushi Malhotra, if i could… Communications & Programme Assistant.
Hindi is one of the official languages of India and is used, along with English, for important official purposes such as parliamentary proceedings, judiciary, communications between the Central Government and a State Government. According to Ethnologue 2015, as many as 340 million people in India have reported Hindi to be their native language. That’s 4.9% of the world population! Now, wouldn’t you want to learn a language that is so widely spoken?
if i could… offers meaningful internships in New Delhi that work at grassroots level in the field of childcare, women’s rights, education, human rights, drug abuse, animal welfare, HIV/AIDS and healthcare and some of the internships may require you to work outside of New Delhi at times. During your internship in New Delhi, you will be able to get by with speaking English. But the moment you start moving to the outskirts of the city and rural areas, you might encounter more of a language barrier.
Knowing basic Hindi words or sentences can be very empowering and help you facilitate access to rural communities and interact better and make friends in local communities.
Power of communication
We strongly believe in the power of communication. We want to ensure our interns are settled and comfortable in their new city so they can focus on getting the most out of their internship experience. In addition to a comprehensive in-country orientation, we offer Hindi lessons to all of our interns.
When interning in Cape Town, we hold Xhosa classes at our office. In India, we offer lessons at home for our interns, as it provides them with more opportunities to interact with locals, and serves as a great platform for cultural exchange.
“It is fascinating to see how quickly and easily foreigners pick up Hindi words and the accent. I have been enjoying my time teaching interns from different parts of the world as it also allows me the opportunity to understand their culture and improve my English accent,” says Neeru Malhotra, our Hindi tutor in New Delhi.
These are some of the sentences that are most commonly used:
- Greetings/Hello – Namaste
- What is your name? – Aap ka naam kya hai?
- My name is... – Mera naam hai…
- What is the time? – Waqt kya hai?
- How much is this for? – Yeh kitne ka hai?
- How do I get to this place? – Main yahan kaise jaun?
- Can I get some water? – Kya mujhe paani mil sakta hai?
- Thank you – Shukriya/Dhanyavaad
Ready to practice? Here is a video to help with the pronunciation of the phrases above.
The if i could… team looks forward to assisting you with internship opportunities in New Delhi. Contact our team for more information.