We’ll look at the 6 important question words
– very useful for conversations
First let’s review this basic sentence:
vo pizza kha-ti hai = She eats a pizza
replace vo with Sita (name of woman)
Sita pizza kha-ti hai = Sita eats a pizza
She see a movie (dekh) = vo…
Sita sees a movie (dekh) = S…
kahaa = where
pronounced like kuh-HAH
sounds like “aha!”
We put kahaa in the 2nd place:
Sita kahaa movie dekh-ti hai? = Sita sees the movie – where?
no “does” in Hindi
Sita kahaa ja-ti hai? = where does Sita go?
Sita eats pizza where? (kha) = Sita…
Radha speaks Hindi where? (bol) =
kab = when
pronounced like kuh-B
sounds like “cub”
We put kab in the 2nd place:
Sita kab movie dekh-ti hai? = Sita sees the movie when?
Sita kab ghar aa-ti hai = When does Sita come home?
Sita goes to the office when? (ja) = Sita…
When does Amit make tea? (banaa) =
kyo = why
Same rule: put kyo in 2nd place
Amit kyo pizza bana-ta hai? = Why does Amit make pizza?
Radha kyo office ja-ti hai? = Why does Radha go to the office?
Why does Rohit play guitar (baja)? = Rohit…
Why does Priya ask the question (pooch)? =
kaise = how
Put kaise in second place:
aap kaise hai? = How are you?
kaise is gendered:
vo kaisi hai = How is she?
vo kaisa hai = How is he?
How is mom? = ma…
How is Rohit? =
kya = what
we replace the answer with the kya:
Amit song sun-ta hai = Amit hears a song
Amit kya sun-ta hai = Amit hears what?
aap kya bol-te hai? = What do you speak?
She watches what? (dekh) = vo…
What do you eat? (kha) =
kaun = who
Again, we replace the answer with the question:
Suraj soccer khel-ta hai = Suraj plays soccer
kaun soccer khel-ta hai = Who plays soccer?
* unknown gender and masculine singular are same
Who speaks Hindi? (bol) = k…
Who makes lunch? (banaa) =