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
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
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.)