Gujarati Quick Learner – 01: Yes, No, & Okay in Gujarati (and how a big nerd learned French)

 

When any of my subscribers start to learn a new language, for example, Gujarati, they all say the same thing:

“Dilshan, I really want to learn how to speak Gujarati”.

However, what does “speak” mean to you? Isn’t it simply saying something?

And so what? Any parrot can do that. So can any toddler – as long as they believe they’re ‘speaking’ when they say “goo-goo gaa-gaa”.

We, on the other hand, are going to focus on COMMUNICATION.

So how is COMMUNICATION different from “speaking” you ask?

Well, I’ll tell you…

 

Based on the hours of sessions I’ve had with Brigitte, my life coach during the time I worked in Geneva, I learned to simplify the definition of “communication” as the RESPONSE you get from someone based on how they UNDERSTOOD what you said.

So what this essentially means is that it’s not this:

 

But instead, this:

(Side note: Big thanks to my wife, Mrs. Smart, for the ‘huge’ effort she put in when I asked her to draw 2 cartoon figures for me)

 

While learning to speak Gujarati is the ultimate goal of this site, here at Lazy But Smart Gujarati, I like to first focus on a few other steps before we eventually get to speak it.

Here are 2 of them today:

 

1. Understanding

When I moved to Monaco for my Bachelor’s degree in Business back in 2000 (Yes, there is a University of Monaco), I spent the first week just watching French TV.

I loved it!

Not only because French TV had way more naked women on TV compared to the mega-censoring I was used to in Sri Lanka (I was a 20-year old in Europe, what to did you expect?) but also because I was absolutely mesmerized by the French language.

I loved how it sounded, I loved the intonations, and I loved the pronunciation of the letter “R”.

So imagine how happy I became when I started to recognize certain words when they were repeated. Then imagine how ecstatic I became when I began to guess what it meant.

A quick chat with my French classmates the next day (I kept notes – That’s how much of a big nerd I was) and I was either corrected with the right meaning or congratulated for getting it right.

I had started my first step of learning a language: Understanding

(By the way, if you’re thinking that even as a student I was as handsome as I am today … then you’re absolutely right):

 

Back in the day when I thought thin-mustaches, round glasses, and being chubby was cool.

 

 

2. Responding

Having watched hours of TV and listened to my Francophone friends speak among themselves, I was starting to slowly understand a lot of words. With a little practice, I was able to even pronounce these words without butchering them with my natural Sri Lankan accent.

However, the vocabulary wasn’t obviously enough for me to initiate any type of conversation. So instead, I decided to simply respond in French whenever I got the chance.

This was my 2nd step of learning a language: Responding.

The first words I used for responding in French were “oui”, “non”, & “d’accord”.

I feel like the equivalents of these words are equally important in most langugaes, and I’ve discovered that Gujarati is no exception to it:

Even if you don’t speak French, by now you’ve guessed what those 3 words are:

“Yes”, “No”, and “Okay”.

 

I’ve made extra easy since this is the 1st one. Once you’ve read it I want you to ask “What the hell, is that all for today?”.

 

Also, remember to do my “Fun Assignment” at the end of this post.

 

Let’s begin:

 

Yes & No in Gujarati

 

yeshaa      
nonaa      

 

Sample Phrases:

Yes, I am [Dilshan]haa,   hooᴺ   [Dilshan]   chᴴuᴺ1
No, I am not [Dilshan]na,   hooᴺ   [Dilshan]   nȧ∙thi2

My Random Notes:

1 ‘hooᴺ’ = “I”. The phrase literally reads “Yes, I Dilshan am”

2 The phrase literally reads “No, I Dilshan am not”

 


 

Okay in Gujarati

(When Approving Or Accepting Something)

 

okay #1haa3      
okay #2tᴴeek   chᴴé      
okay #3saa∙ruᴺ4      

My Random Notes:

3 Same meaning as “yes”

4 ‘saaruᴺ’ means “good” but in this context, it’s used to give approval or acceptance (like “fine” in English)

 

That’s all for today! I told you I’ll be gentle.

 

Test Yo’Self: Gujarati Flashcards

 

okay #3

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

 
 

saa∙ruᴺ

      

okay #2

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

 
 

tᴴeek   chᴴé

      

okay #1

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

 
 

haa

      

no

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

 
 

na

      

yes

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

 
 

haa

      

 

Now you can be a part of this 1st post!

Fun Assignment: Tell me who you are (and who you’re not)

Since this is our first post, my “homework” for you is very simple.  In the comments section below, translate the following to Gujarati:

  • “Yes, I am [your name]”
  • “No, I am not [the name of your spouse, partner, friend, or pet]”

 

Show me how creative you can be. Make it funny.

It’ll also be a nice way for you to introduce yourself to me, if you haven’t done yet already.

 

Leave all your comments and questions below:

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38 Responses to Gujarati Quick Learner – 01: Yes, No, & Okay in Gujarati (and how a big nerd learned French)

  1. akruti chaturvedi November 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    haa hoo akruti chaturvedi chhu
    na hoo saddu nathi
    tamne bat karie anand thayo dilshan aabhar

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 26, 2017 at 5:54 am #

      Was about to reply this when I saw your 2nd comment below. Going to that one now.

  2. akruti chaturvedi November 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    hello
    kem cho tame maja maa
    haa hoo akruti chaturvedi chhu
    na hoo saddu nathi
    tamne bat karie anand thayo dilshan aabhar

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

      Thanks buddy. Hope you’re preparing well for the exams you mentioned in your email to me?

      • Dilshan Jayasinha November 24, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

        By the way, your approach of not waiting till the “11th hour”, as you said, to learn Gujarati reminded me of the 5 P’s we learned during my MBA:

        Prior
        Preparation
        Prevents
        Poor
        Performance.

        Well done, Akruti.

        • akruti chaturvedi November 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

          thank you…..

  3. purushottam Namjoshi November 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    Thanks for sending information.
    Thanks,
    Namjoshi.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

      You’re welcome, Namjoshi. Send me and email and tell me more about your reasons for wanting to learn Gujarati. I’m genuinely interested to know.

  4. Gabrielle November 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    haa, hoon Gabrielle
    na, hoon Wonder Woman nathi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 10, 2017 at 6:14 am #

      Gabrielle, good one 🙂

      I am a little disappointed though. Would’ve been amazing if you actually turned out to be Gal Gadot and were learning Gujarati from me.

  5. Clovelle December 10, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    Namaste tnx for always sending me email please send me more so that slowly I learn Gujarati so that my boyfriend and his family will proud of me..😍👍😊

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 12, 2017 at 4:33 am #

      Very cute, Clovelle. I’ll do whatever I can from my side to help.

      Also, I’m sure your boyfriend and family are already proud of you. Learning Gujarati will simply “seal the deal” 😉

  6. Dolores Blalock December 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    Haa hoon Dolores chhu

    Na hoon alasu nathi 🙂

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 3, 2018 at 10:13 am #

      Whoa… We have an improviser here. Well done Dolores, I love it.

      Sent you an email many months ago. Shall be following up on it shortly so don’t say I didn’t warn you… 🙂

  7. Brithany January 4, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

    Hello,
    hoo Brithany chu
    Naa, hoo Raj nathi

    Thank you for this awesome eBook! My boyfriend and his family speak Gujarati, and it is time for me to learn their language and culture. I am so excited!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 3, 2018 at 10:26 am #

      Awesome, Brithany. I love the enthusiasm.

      Also, let me do some detective work here… Is Raj your Gujarati boyfriend? 🙂

  8. Ashanti March 5, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

    Haa hoon Ashanti chuun

    Na hoon Zachary nathi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 28, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

      Ashanti, well done.

      Now we all want to know (not true, I’m the only inquisitive one here)… Who is Zachary?

  9. Keith April 3, 2018 at 6:55 am #

    Namaste Dilshan
    Haa hoon Keith chu
    Na hoon smart Australian nathi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 24, 2018 at 5:31 am #

      Don’t sell yourself short, Keith. You chose LBSG to learn Gujarati… I’d say that’s a pretty smart thing to do (and a pretty obnoxious thing for me to say).

  10. Melinda Goodman May 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    Kem cho Dilshan,

    Hoo Melinda chu, naa hoo Dilshan nathi. At the moment I’d like to be you simply to have this language under my belt.

  11. Hema June 24, 2018 at 6:31 am #

    Haa, hoo Hema chu.
    Naa, hoo Einstein nathi.

    I love your humour and wit. Don’t think I can be creative or funny, but I can introduce myself.

    I grew up in a Gujarati household. Outside the house was England, inside was India. So Gujarati was the first language I spoke but English is my first language now.

    I started learning Spanish about 6 months ago and the fact that I “speak” Gujarati has come up often. I am a little embarrassed as I find myself regularly making the hollow claim “hablo Gujarati y inglés”. I thought it’s time to relearn Gujarati..
    In any case language changes so even if I could remember all the words I knew, which I can’t, I would sound prehistoric as many many English words have found there way into Gujarati now and are an integral part of the language.

  12. Amruta July 6, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

    Haa, hoon Amruta chu
    Naa, hoon batman nathi

    Hamna 4 Indian languages badu che, I have a lot of Gujju friends and want to learn since it’s so similar to Marathi!

  13. Peter July 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    Kem cho!
    Haa, hoo Peter chu

    Naa hoo William Shakespeare nȧ∙thi.

    I want to get a grip on those few phases that demonstrate that , even tho’ I am a tourist, I have bothered to learn a little Gugurati. Respect etc

  14. Chris July 25, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    Haa, hoo Nigerian chu.
    Na, hoo bilingual nathi
    Lol I’m Nigerian and have been dating a guju woman for a while, i fgured I’d learn a third language.

  15. April LaFramboise September 8, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Ha hoon April chuun
    Na hoon Rover nathi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 24, 2018 at 5:28 am #

      Hey April, tell me more about this Rover guy? Am I right in guessing he’s got 4 legs?

  16. Bambi September 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

    haa, hoo Bambi chu.
    na, hoo Marley nathi. That is my dog. lol
    I am planning a trip to India next year to meet a new friend.

    Thank You

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 24, 2018 at 5:29 am #

      Interesting, Bambi. Email me and tell me this story of how you met this “new friend”. Stuff like this fascinates me.

      Tell Marley I said “woof”.

  17. claire b cotts November 28, 2018 at 6:49 am #

    haa, hoon claire chun

    na, hoon gamera nȧ∙thi

    is there a way to hear the pronounciation?
    there are red arrows, but nothing happens when I click on them

    btw –

    i learned it as

    prior
    planning
    prevents
    piss-poor
    performance.

    (now that I have actually typed that out – that is a very strange idiomatic expression)

    ps – you are a good teacher

  18. Sé van Weert December 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    Haa, hoo Sé chu.
    Na, hoo Indian nathi.

    Having fun – aa bhaar Dilshan !

  19. Lisa Harvey February 20, 2019 at 9:58 am #

    Haa hoon Lisa Chuun
    Na hoon Otis nathi.

  20. Sophia May 14, 2019 at 2:47 am #

    haa, hooᴺ Sophia chᴴuᴺ
    na, hooᴺ Thanos nȧ∙thi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 14, 2019 at 10:41 am #

      Haha, imagine how excited I would’ve been if you actually were Thanos 🙁

  21. Ismael May 22, 2019 at 7:36 am #

    Namascar,
    Haa Houn Ismael chou,
    Naa Houn Gaia mari bilari naam nathi

  22. Jasna July 20, 2019 at 8:47 am #

    Haa, hoo Jasna che
    Naa, hoo Kamal nathi.

  23. Jonathan Shulskie August 20, 2019 at 8:01 am #

    Ha hoo Jonathan chu
    Na hoo Bill nathi

  24. Isabelle August 21, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

    Ha hoo Isabelle Chu.
    Na hoo Gujarati nathi.

    Mara husband Gujarati Che. Hoo German Chu.
    I like to participate more actively in family gatherings by understanding and speaking Gujarati.
    I’m happy to have found your blog!
    Regards, Isabelle

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