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The 16 Funniest Hindi Expressions (and How to Use Them)

India Culture
by Jahnvi Pananchikal Oct 27, 2017

1. For Hindi speakers, the situation is “not fishy”…there is something “black in the lentils.” (Daal main kuch kala hain).

2. An Indian man severely in love is not a “lover,” but a “Devdas” or a “Majnu.” (Popular literary/Bollywood characters).

3. A person is not referred to as “saintly”…they are “washed with milk”. (Doodh ka dhula).

4. For Hindi speakers, people don’t play “hide and seek” they play “thief-soldier.” (Chor-police).

5. A movie isn’t “great”…it’s “deadly.” (Khatarnak).

6. And a sucessful person is not a “winner” but an “Alexander.” (Sikander).

7. For Hindi speakers, you’re not “missing in action”…you’re the “moon of Eid.” (Eid ka chaand).

8. Rather than not appreciating what they have…they will say “poultry is equal to lentils”. (Ghar ki murgi daal barabar).

9. For Hindi speakers, the “grass is not greener on the other side”…rather “the drums sound better at a distance.” (Door ke dhol suhavne lagte hain).

10. You don’t make a “mess” in Hindi…you make a “khichdi.” (Popular Indian meal with lentils and rice).

11. And a girl isn’t “sexy”…she’s a “firecracker.” (Pataka).

12. Hindi speakers, won’t tell you “not to interfere”…rather they will ask you “not to finger.” (Ungli mat kar).

13. You won’t be made a “fool” out of in Hindi…you´ll be made an “owl”. (Ullu bana diya).

14. Someone in “power” does not “rule” in Hindi…rather they are the person with a “heavy wooden stick and buffalo.” (Jiski lathi uski bhais).

15. Hindi speakers do not speak of something being “right under your nose”…they speak of “the child being under your armpit while you made chaos in the city” (Bagal main bachcha shahar main dhindora).

16. In Hindi, something is not referred to as a “wasted attempt”…rather the “lentils didn’t disintegrate when they were cooking.” (Dal nahi gali).

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