Useful Nepalise Words & Phrases for Visiting Nepal

Useful Nepalise Words & Phrases for Visiting Nepal

Are you going to be visiting Nepal? Check out our essential basic phrases to learn before departing perfect if you are going on holiday, volunteer, work or study in Nepal.

You will find most local people do not speak English so it is important, and also a way to make your experience more enjoyable/fun to learn some of the basics before departing. This goes even if you are planning on joining a Nepal tour where you will get an English speaking guide, it is really fun to be able to converse with locals in their language.

Thouands of people travel and volunteer in Nepal every year too and again although local staff speak English it is recommend you try to pick up the basics.And although it is impossible to learn the whole Nepali language in a short period we highly recommend learning some words and phrases, this will help when booking / buying things and also interacting with local people. 

 

Introductions

  • Hello - Namaste
  • Thank you dhanyabaad
  • How are you? - Kasto Cha?
  • I'm fine - Thik Cha 
  • Excuse me, sorry - Maaph garnuhos
  • Sorry - Maaph garnuhos 
  • Goodbye - Namaste

 

Conversational

  • What is your name? - Tapaainko naam ke ho?
  • My name is ‘Jenny’ - Mero naam ‘Jenny’ ho
  • Do you speak English? - Tapaain angrejee boln saknuhunchha?
  • Please speak more slowly - Bistaarai bolnuhos
  • I can speak a little Nepali - Ma ali ali Nepali bolchhu
  • Please say it again - Pheri bhannuhos
  • I don’t understand - Maile bhujhina 
  • I understand - Maile bhujhe

 

Accommodation

  • Do you have a room? - Kothaa paainchha?
  • How much for one night? - Ek raatko kati ho?
  • Can I see a room? - Ma kothaa herna sakchhu?

 

Shopping

  • How much? - Kati paisa? / kati ho?
  • What - Ke
  • What is this? - Yo ke ho?
  • Market - Bajar 
  • Shop - Pasal 
  • Food - Khanna 
  • Book - Kitaab 
  • How much - Kati
  • Sasto - Cheap
  • Expensive - Mahango
  • I am looking for a bank. Ma baink khojeeraheko chhu
  • Where can I exchange my money? Ma paisaa kahaan saatna sakchhu?

 

Directions & Getting Around

  • Where - Kahaang
  • When - Kahile

 

Days of the Week

  • Monday - Sombaar
  • Tuesday - Mangalbaar
  • Wednesday - Budhabaar
  • Thursday - Bihibaar
  • Friday - Shukrabaar
  • Saturday - Shanibaar
  • Sunday - Aaitabar

 

Times / Periods

  • Today - Aaja
  • Tomorrow - Bholi
  • Hour - Ghanta
  • Day - Din
  • Week - Haptaa
  • Month - Mahina
  • Year - Barsa
  • Morning - Bihaana
  • Afternoon - Diunso 
  • Evening - Beluka
  • Night - Raatri

 

Months of the Year

  • January-February - Maagh
  • February-March - Phaalgun
  • March-April - Chaitra
  • April-May - Baishaakh
  • May-June - Jeth/ Jestha
  • June-July - Asaar
  • July-August - Saaun/ Sraawan
  • August-September - Bhaadra
  • September-October - Ashoj
  • October-November - Kaartik
  • November-December - Mangsir
  • December-January - Pus

 

Numbers

  • 0 - Shunya
  • 1 - Ek
  • 2 - Dui
  • 3 - Tin 
  • 4 - Char
  • 5 - Paanch
  • 6 - Chha
  • 7 - Sat 
  • 8 - Aath
  • 9 - Nau 
  • 10 - Dos
  • 20 - Bis
  • 30 - Tis
  • 40 - chalees
  • 50 - pachas
  • 60 - sathee
  • 70 - sattaree
  • 80 - asee
  • 90 - nabbe
  • 100 - ek saya
  • 1,000 - Ek Hajaar
  • 10,000 - Das Hajaar
  • 100,000 - Ek Lakh 
  • 1,000,000 - Das Lakh

 

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