"A Door Into Hindi"

Prof. Afroz Taj

Lesson 1 Culture Notes

1. Greetings and respect

a. One of the most common greetings in India is नमस्ते .  It is usually accompanied by the following gesture: place your palms together in a "praying position" in front of your chest; you may also make a slight bow.    Video Teacher

b. The particle जीcan be added after someone's name, or at the beginning of a sentence to show respect for the person you are talking to.   The shopkeeper in this lesson uses   जी a lot.