Vocabulary to Know in Nepal

 The most important vocabulary to know during your trip in Nepal

Unless you’re really good with languages, you won’t have the time during a trip to Nepal to learn more than the basics. So if you want to chat away, you’ll be pleased to know English will do.

Nepali is the Official Language

Fortunately English is widely spoken across Nepal. Nepali is the official language, spoken by most of the population. Even if basic words and sentences may be easy enough to pronounce and learn, you won’t be able to master the language or hold long conversations. But do try to learn how to greet people and how to count in Nepali. The Nepalese will love that you’re making the effort. It shows that you care and that you are sincere. Don’t be afraid to practise; no one minds if you make mistakes or if your pronunciation isn’t perfect. A few tips include – learning to roll your R’s, that U is pronounced OU and ‘aï’ sounds like ‘eye’.

Speak in English

If you are finding it hard to grasp Nepali, don’t think your trip to Nepal is going to be a linguistic nightmare. Lots of different tongues are spoken in Nepal. For example, you may know some Newari, Tibetan, Bhojpuri or Maithili. You can always use this trip to practise these. But be assured that English is taught to kids in Nepal the moment they start school. Apart from very remote villages, everyone speaks English in Nepal. So as an English speaker you’ll be fine…though it could be fun to learn some of the local tongues! It could certainly make for an even more enjoyable trip. Obviously, you’ll find a very good level of English in tourist areas.

Basic expressions / Common Words

Usa

Népali

Good morning / Good evening

Namaste

How are you?

San tché tcha ?

Fine, thank you, and you?

Malai sanchai chha, tapai ?

I understand / I don’t understand

Mabujhchu / Maile bujhina

Sorry

Birsi dinu

Goodbye

Namaste

Welcome

Namaste

Thank you (very much)

N’existe pas en Népali

Excuse me

Hajur

My name is…

Mero naam… ho

No thank you

Hoïna

Yes / No

Ho / Hoïna

You’re welcome

Kehi / Timila’i svagata cha

Commerce

Usa

Népali

How much is it?

Kati ?

It is very cheap

Sasto

It is too expensive!

Mahango

Can you lower the price?

Tapa’iṁ mulya kama garna sakchan ?

I would like to buy … this one!

Kinnunuparyo

I like it / I don’t like it

Malai yo ramro lagyo / Malai yo ramro lagena

Money

Paisa

I’m just looking around.

Ma sirpha khojiraheko chu

Transportation

Usa

Népali

I would like to go to …

Ma… ma janchhu

Plane

Hwaaï-dzahaadz

Boat

Nau

Train

Rela

Taxi

Tyakhsi

Bus

Bus

I would like to rent …

Ma kira’e cahanuhuncha

Motorbike

Moṭarasa’ikala

Car

Gaadi

Bike

Ba’ika

Directions

Usa

Népali

Where is …? / How can I get to …?

Kaha ? / …Kolagi kati paisa lagchha ?

Bank

Baink

Train station

Rela sṭeśana

Centre

Śahara

Hotel

Hotel

Hospital

Aspatāla

Is it close / far?

Yahabatake nire chha ? Yahabatake tadha chha ?

Straight ahead

Sidha

Left / Right

Baya / Daya

North / South / East / West

Uttara / Daksina / Cha / Kaham cha

Numberssieben, acht, neun, zehn

Usa

Népali

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Ek, dui, tin, char, panch, chha, sat, ath, nau, das

twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty

Bis, tis, chalis, pachas, sathi

seventy, eighty, ninety

Sattari, asi, nabbe

One hundred

Ek say

Hours/Dates and daysDienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag

Usa

Népali

What time is it?

Koti bodié ?

When?

Jaba ?

Yesterday

Hijo

Today (morning/midday/evening)

Aja (bihaana / diuso / saanjh)

Tomorrow

Bholi

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Sombar, mangal bar, budhbar, bihibar, sukrabar, sanibar, aitabar

I am here on vacation

Ma hum chhutti / yaatraa

I am here for business

Ma hum kama

Time to eat!

Usa

Népali

I am hungry / I am thirsty

Malaaï boglagyo / Malaaï tirkha lagyo

Enjoy

Āphnō khānākō majā

Cheers!

Svāsthya !

It was delicious

Mitho tcha

What can you recommend?

Tapā’īṁ kē siphārisa garchan ?

I am vegeterian

Ma sahkahari hun

Not spicy please (I don’t like spices)

Ma piro khandina

It’s too hot

Garam !

I am allergic

Ma ēlarjī chu

Sea food

Samudrī

Peanuts

Badāma

Gluten

Lasa

I would like…

Ma cāhanchu

Water

Pānī

Tee / Coffee

Chiya / Kaphī

Beer / Wine

Biyar / Raksī

Health / Emergency / Security

Usa

Népali

I need to see a doctor.

Ramro daktar kaha paincha

Call an ambulance / Call 911

Daktar laibolaunuhos

Where is the hospital?

Yaha aspatal kaha chha ?

I do not feel very good

Malai sancho chhaina

It hurts here

Ma yaham cōṭa

Where can I find the restrooms?

Shaucha laya kaha chha

Help!

Guhar !

Police

Prahari

Danger

Khatara

I’m lost

Ma haraye

Other

Usa

Népali

Have a nice day !

Rāmrō dina !