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Learn Nepalese Language

Travelers in Nepal have felt pretty comfortable speaking only in English during their stay, whether they are in major cities or popular rural trekking routes. Nepalese people are familiar with rudimentary English vocabulary. However, learning a few words from the local Nepali dialect is helpful as it tends to make the Nepalese people friendlier. This could also be an advantage if your diction is not received well or misunderstood. Here is a list of words and phrases of Nepali dialect that you may consider learning when making multi-day trips in Nepal.

Some Common Words and Phrases from the Nepali Dialect

Namaste = Hello

Tapainko Naam k ho? = What is your name?

Mero Naam John ho =  My name is John.

Yo Baato kata Jancha? = Where does this road lead to?

Khana = meal/lunch/dinner

Paani = water

Khanadinus = please give me food

Paanidinus =  please give me water

Bhoklaagyo = I am hungry

Trikhalaagyo = I am thirsty

Dhanyabaad  = Thank you

ho, Hajur  = Yes

Chaina, = Hoina No

Malai Maaf Garnus  = Please forgive me.

Angreji bolnu huncha? Do you speak English?

Maali Ali Nepali Bolchu =  I speak basic Nepali.

Ta-Ta / Namaste = Bye bye

Chor! = Thief!

Malai Sahayog Garnus  = Please help me.

Ma Harayen  = I am lost.

Doctor kata Hunuhuncha = Where is the doctor?

Ma Sakaharihun = I am a vegetarian.

Aaja  = today

Hijo = yesterday

Bholi = tomorrow

Counting numbers:

Ek=1

Dui=2

Tin=3

Char=4

Paach=5

Chha=6

Saat=7

Aath=8

Nau=9

Dash=10

bis=20

teece=30

chalis=40

pachhas=50

eksaye=100

Talking about quantities:

Yeskokatirupiya? = How much does this cost?

Thorai = less

Dherai = more

Aadha  = half

Asking for Specific Things:

Malai ............. Dinius = Please give me ................

Dinus =  please give

Linus =  please take

Ausadhi = medicine

Chiya = tea

Ticket = ticket

kotha = room

Charpi = toilet

Chiso = cold

Taato = hot

Sabun=  soap

Rumal = tower/handkerchief

(Remember that learning a new language takes some time. Also, the pronunciation could be difficult in the beginning but improves with practice. Take your chance to speak in Nepali whenever you can! Enjoy your stay in Nepal.)

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