Learning a new language is a challenging task. Yet, it is always a great idea to learn a few basic words that are spoken in a country that you are going to visit. Nepal is a diverse country with more than 120 languages that are spoken all over Nepal. But more than two-thirds of Nepalese people speak their national language, known as the Nepali Language. Although English is also widely spoken and understood by Nepalese people mainly in tourist areas, it is always a plus point for any foreign traveler to know a few basic Nepali words and phrases that can help them to wander around and impress the locals. Learning a few common Nepali words can also help you to get better deals while shopping and make your travel more interesting and comfortable at the same time.
Here is the list of few Nepali words and phrases that can be really useful while traveling.
Common Nepali Words
- Hello / Good bye – Namaste (It is the most common Nepali word that can be used as both a greeting and goodbye. If you want to really say it in typical Nepali way, then just fold your hands when you say Namaste and everyone will be pleased with your manner.
- Thank You – Dhanyabad
- Please – Kripaya
- Good / Bad – Ramro / Naramro
- Yes / No- Hajur / Haina
- Elder sister / Younger Sister- Didi / Bahini
- Elder brother / Younger Brother – Dai / Vai
- Mother / Father – Ama / Buwa
- Food / Tea – Khana / Chiya
- Spicy / Sweet – Piro / Guliyo
- Water – Pani
- Enough / Full – Pugyo
- Hot / Cold – Tato / Chiso
- Dirty / Clean – Fohor / Safa
- Money – Paisa
- Meat – Masu
- Shop – Pasal
- Expensive / Cheap – Mahango / Sasto
Common Nepali Phrases
- What is your name? – Tapaiko Nam K Ho?
- My name is ____ ? – Mero nam ___ Ho.
- You are welcome – Swagatam
- Food is delicious – Khana Mitho Cha
- How are you? – Tapailai Kasto Cha?
- Do you speak English ? – K Tapai English Bolnu Huncha?
- I don’t understand. – Maile bujina
- Where is the toilet ? Toilet Kata Cha?
- How do I get to________?- _____ Kasari jane ?
- How much is it? – Yesko Kati Ho?
- I want to go? – Ma Jana Cha Hanchu.
- Can I take your photo? – Tapaiko Photo Lina Sakchu?
- I am hungry. – Malai Bhok Lagyo
- I am tired. – Malai Thakai Lagyo
- What happened?- K bhayo
- I want to take rest. – Ma Aram Garchu
- I don’t eat meat. – Ma Masu Khanna
- See you again. – Pheri Vetaula
The same Nepali word can be spelled and have meaning in 100 different ways. Sometimes it can be confusing to express your views in Nepali words or maybe you don’t have time to learn all of the above Nepali words and phrases. In such a situation, you can always use the words “Namaste” and “Dhanyabad” to please any Nepalese.
I believe the above few words/phrases are not very difficult and it is definitely going to help you when you are in Nepal to impress locals. So when are you starting to learn this basic Nepali language?