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Assalam u Alaikum mera naam Afrah hai.
Hi, My name is Afrah. Welcome to UrduPod101.com’s “3 minat mein Urdu”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Urdu.
In our previous lessons, you learned how to use the different forms of the verb “to be”, hona, such as hoon, ho, hain, and hai. You also learned how to use paas to express possession. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use the Urdu word meaning “no” so you can say things like "I'm not" or "I don't have.”
The magic word here is nahin. This word is like the English word “not,” but it can also be used like the English “no”, so in some sentences you will actually hear it twice!
Let's take an example. Imagine you meet someone and ask him if he is Pakistani. It turns out that he isn’t, so he answers, “”No, I’m not Pakistani.”
nahin, main Pakistani nahin hoon.
(slow) nahin, main Pakistani nahin hoon.
Let’s break this down.
The first nahin is like the English “no.”
After this comes main, which means “I”.
Next comes Pakistani, which, of course, is “Pakistani”
Next comes the second nahin. Here it is functioning like the English “not”.
Finally we have hoon, which means “is”.
Do you see how easy it is? Just start the sentence off with nahiin to say “No!” And then
insert nahiin before the verb “to be”, hoon, to make it negative.
Let’s look at another example:
Let’s say you’re asking your new friend if he has a car. He answers, “No, I don’t have a car.”
nahin mere paas gaadii nahin hai
(slow) nahin mere paas gaadii nahin hai
Did you catch the word nahin?
Let's have a look at the way we changed this sentence from “I have a car,” to “No, I don’t have a car.”
"I have a car" is mere paas gaadi hai. Remember?
And "No, I don't have a car" is nahin, mere paas gaadii nahin hai.
First we put nahin at the beginning of the sentence to mean “no”.
Then we simply insert another nahin before the verb “to be”, hai.
Easy, don't you think? So now you can switch many sentences into the negative form just by adding the word nahin!
Now it’s time for Afrah’s Advice.
If you want to answer negatively but without being too direct, you can add the word vaisey to a sentence in which you use the word nahin. This means something like "by the way..."
So if you want to say "I don't really like cars," it will be Vaisey mujhe gaadiyan pasand nahin hain.
Get ready for the next lesson because we are going to study a really important part of the Urdu language: adjectives. Do you know how to say someone is beautiful? It could come in handy! I'll tell you how in the next “3 minat mein Urdu” lesson. Phir milenge.