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Nepali Phrases

Nepal is a beautiful country with one of the most friendly and hospitable people in the world. Nepal offers many activities that offers you rich cultural, natural and spiritual experiences.

Its developing economy may offer you very little of the materialistic comforts. But, it’s fine-looking terrain, splendid mountains, natural resources are sure to offer you happiness.

And, the encounter with these tiny friendly people of the mountains will help you have an insightful adventure in the land of the Himalayas.

Many of the locals get excited and amazed when they see a foreigner in their region. Knowing some of the common Nepali words and learning Nepali will help you to break the ice and bring smiles on your faces.

Little smile with a casual talk with locals in Nepal will help spread your happiness.

Nepali, a member of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family, is a macrolanguage spoken by 12,300,000 in Nepal (2011 census), 2,870,000 In India (2001 census), and 156,000 in Bhutan.

The worldwide population of Nepali speakers is estimated at 15,360,100. The language is also called Eastern Pahadi, Gorkhali, Gurkhali, Khaskura, Nepalese, and Parbate.

Are you visiting Nepal soon? Or do you simply just want to learn the native language of Nepal. Although you can usually communicate to others in English when in Nepal.

It’s an advantage to be armed with basic phrases to enrich your travel experience. We’ve put together our top Nepali phrases to know before you go.

Commonly Spoken English to Nepali Phrases

I Love you
म तिमीलाई माया गर्छु – (Ma timilai maya garchu)
Welcome
स्वागतम् – (Swagatam)
Hello
नमस्ते – (Namaste)
How are you?
तपाईंलाई कस्तो छ – (Tapai kasto cha)
I’m fine. You?
म ठिक छु। र तपाईं? – (Ma thik chu. Ra Tapai)
What is your name?
तपाईको नाम के हो ? – (Tapaiko naam ke ho?)
My name is …
मेरा नाम … हो। – (Mera naam … ho)
Pleased to meet you
तपाईलाई भेटेर खुशी लाग्यो – (Tapaai laaii bhetera khushii laagyo)
Thank you
धन्यवाद – (Dhanyabaad)
Excuse me / Sorry
माफ गनुस्! – (Maaf garnus!)
See you
फेरि भेटौला – (Pheri bhetaula)
Good morning
शुभ प्रभात or नमस्कार – (Subha Prabhat / Namaskar)
Good afternoon
शुभ दोहोरो or नमस्कार – (Subha Dohoro / Namaskar)
Good night
शुभ रात्री – (Subha ratri)
Have a good journey
राम्रो यात्रा गर्नुहोस् – (Ramro yatra garnuhos)
Do you speak English?
के तपाईँ अङ्ग्रेजी बोल्नुहुन्छ? – (Ke tapai angreji bolnuhuncha?)
I don’t speak Nepali well
म नेपाली राम्रोसँग बोल्दिन – (Ma nepali ramrosanga boldina)
I don’t understand
मैले बुझिन – (Maile bujhina)
Please speak slowly
कृपया बिस्तारै बोल्नुहोस् – (Kripaya bistarai bolnuhos)
Where are the restrooms?
कहाँ शौचालयहरु छन् – (Kaha saucalayaharu chan)
Can I change money?
के म पैसा सात्न सक्छु? – (Ke ma paisa saatna sakchu?)
How much is this?
यो कति हो? – (Yo kati ho?)
It’s too expensive!
यो धेरै महँगो छ! – (Yo dherai mahongo cha!)
Please say it again!
कृपया फेरि भन्नुहोस्! – (Kripaya pheri bhannuhos!)
How do i get to …
(….. कसरि जाने ?)  Kasari Janey
Left / Right / Straight
(बाँया / दाँया / सिधा) Daya, Baya, Sidha
Do you have Room available?
(के तपाई सँग खाली कोठा उपलब्द छ ?) (Ke tapai sanga khali kotha uplabda cha?)
I am hungry
(मलाई भोग लाग्यो) – (Ma lai Bhog Laagyo?)

Learn Number and Time

Zero (0)
(सुन्ना) (sunna (sun-na))
Half (1/2)
(आदा) (aadaa (aa-daa))
One (1)
(एक) (ek (A-kh))
Two (2)
(दुइ) (dui (Du-ee))
Three (3)
(तिन) (tin (Tee-n))
Four (4)
(चार) (char (Char-r))
Five (5)
(पाँच) (panch (Pa-n-ch))
Six (6)
(छ) (chha (Cha)
Seven (7)
(सात) (saat (Sa-at))
Eight (8)
(आठ) (aath (Aa-th))
Nine (9)
(नौ) (nau (Na-u))
Ten (10)
(दश) (dash (Daa-sh))
Hundred (100)
(एक सय) (ek saye (A-kh sai-ya))
Two Hundred (200)
(दुइ सय) (dui saye (Du-ee sai-ya))
Three Hundred (300)
(तिन सय) (tin saye (Tee-n sai-ya))
One Thousand (1000)
(एक हजार) (Ek Hazar (A-kh Ha-zar))
Two Thousand (2000)
(दुइ हजार) (Dui Hazar (Du-ee Ha-zar))
One Hundred Thousand (100,000)
(एक लाख) (ek lakh (A-kh la-kh))
One Million (1,000,000)
(दश लाख) (dash lakh (Daa-sh la-kh))

Health / Hospital

Altitude sickness lekh laagyo
accident durghatanaa
asthma damko byathaa/ damko biraami
bleeding ragat aaunu
blood pressure Rakta chaap
contraceptive garbha nirodhak
injection sooee
ointment malam
test jaanch
health swastha
constipation disaa banda/ dishaa kadaa
common cold rughaa
cough khokee
a cut/ wound ghaau
medicine aushadhi
dehydration paaneeko maatraa kamti bhayeko.
food poisoning khaanaa kharaab.
indigestion Apach
doctor Daaktar
faint Murchhaa parnu
malaria Aulo
cholera Haijaa
sprain Markaaee
sore throat ghaantee dukheko
headache taauko dukhnu
toothache daanta dukhyo
dentist daantako daaktar
I have a cold. Malaaee rugaa laageko chha.
Gravely ill sikeesta biraamee
fever Joro
Where is the health post/ clinic/ hospital? Chikitsaalay/ aspataal kahaan chha?
Where is the chemist/ pharmacy? Aushadi pasal kahaan chha?
Where is the dentist? Daanto ko daaktar kahaan chha?
I have to see a doctor. Ma daaktarkomaa jaanu chha.
I have caught a fever. Malaaee joro aayo.
Did you take any medicine? Aushadhi khaanu bhayo?
I am feeling fine now. Ahile ma theek bhayeko mahasus gareko chhu.

People

Boy Ketaa
Girl Ketee
Man Manchhe
Woman Aimaaee

On the move – Trekking

beside the trail baato chheu
on the trail Baatomai
off the trail baato baahira
near the trail baato najik
Let’s go slowly. Bistarai jaau.
Let’s stay here. Yaha basau.
Stomach ache pet dukhyo
slippery trail chiplo baato
tent Tripaal
Which is the way to ‘Jomsom’? ‘Jomsom’ jaane baato kun ho?
Where have you come from? Tapaain kahaanbaata aaunubhaeko ho?
From ‘Jomsom’. ‘Jomsom’baata.
It takes four hours. Haameelaaee chaar ghantaa laagchha.
Where can I spend the night? Baas basna kahaan paainchha?
What time do we start our trek? Kati baje trek shuru garne?
How many hours will it take? Kati ghantaa laagchha?
About four hours. Chaar ghantaa jati laagchha.
How is the trail? Baato kaso chha?
Good, but steep. Raamro,taraukaalo.
Is food available there? Tyahaan khaanaa paainchha?

Shopping

How much? Kati paisa? / kati ho?
Please give it to me more cheaply. Ali shastomaa dinos.
It’s too expensive. Dherai mahango bhayo.
Please reduce the price. Mol ali kam grarnuhos.
I can only give you (amount) rupees. Ma (rupees) maatrai dina sakchhu.
What is the price of this? Yesko mol kati ho?
What is your last price? Antim daam kati ho?
Was this made inNepal? Yo Nepaalmaa baneko ho?
I need….. malaaee……. chaahinchha.
I don’t need…… malaaee…… chaahindaina.
What is this? Yo ke ho?

Hotel

Is there a place to stay here? Yahaan baas basna paainchha?
I need a room. Ma eutaa kotha chaahanchhu.
How much for one night? Ek raatko kati ho?
Can I see a room? Ma kothaa herna sakchhu?
Please bring water/ boiled water. Paanee/ umaaleko paanee lyaaidinos.
This room is dirty. Yo kothaa phohar/ mailaa chha.
Do you have a room? Kothaa paainchha?
I would like a single/ double room. Malaaee ekjanaakolaagi/ duijanaakolaagi kothaa chhaheenchha.

Hiring

I want to rent a bicycle. Ma saikal bahaalmaa lina chahanchhu.
How much do you charge? Kati bhaada linu hunchha?
I am looking for a bank. Ma baink khojeeraheko chhu.
What time does it open/ close? Kati baje khulchha/ banda hunchha?
Where is the American Express office? American Express ko aphis kahaan chha?
Where can I exchange my money? Ma paisaa kahaan saatna sakchhu?
Can you give me smaller change for this? Malaaee yesko khujura dina saknuhunchha?
I want to change my traveller’s cheque. Ma mero travalars chek saatna chahanchhu.

Police

Today I lost my bag and passport. Aaja mero jholaa ra raahadaanee haraayo.
Someone stole my bag. Mero jholaa choree bhayo.
My bike got stolen. Mero baaik choree bhayo.
My passport number….. Mero raahadaaneeko nambar…..
I had Rs. 3000 and US$ 200 in my wallet. Mero jholaamaa teen hazaar Nepaalee rupaiyaan ra duee saya Amereekee dallar thiyo.
Where is the police station? Pulis stesan kahaan chha?

Months

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
January-February Maagh
February-March Phaalgun
March-April Chaitra

Days

Sunday Aaitabar
Monday Sombaar
Tuesday Mangalbaar
Wednesday Budhabaar
Thursday Bihibaar
Friday Shukrabaar
Saturday Shanibaar
today aaja
tomorrow bholi
day after tomorrow parsee
yesterday hijo
in the morning bihaana
in the afternoon diunso
in the evening belukaa
at night raati
tomorrow morning bholi bihaana
this evening aaja belukaa
day after tomorrow morning parsee bihaana

Time

Hour Ghantaa
Immediately Bittikai
time, period belaa
afternoon diunso
day din
evening belukaa
week haptaa
night raatee
year barsha
always sadhain
instant tak
now ahile
What time is it? Kati bajyo?
1 o’clock ek bajyo
10 o’clock dasha bajyo
morning bihaana
minute Mine

English Phrase

Nepali Translation

 Hello/ Goodbye  Namaste
 How are you?  Tapain-lai kasto chha?
 Excuse me  Hajur
 Please (give me)  Dinuhos
 Please (you have)  Khanuhos
 Thank you  Dhanyabad

English Phrase

Nepali Translation

 I  Ma
 Yes (I have)  Cha
 No (I don’t have)  Chhaina
 OK  Theekcha
 Where?  Kaha?
 Here  Yaha
 There  Tyaha
 Good/ Pretty  Ramro
 Do you speak English?  Tapai angreji bolna saknu hunchha?
 I only speak a little Nepali.  Ma ali ali Nepali bolchhu
 I understand  Ma bujhchu
 I didn’t understand  Maile bujhina
 Please say it again  Pheri bhanuhos
 Please speak more slowly  Tapai bistarai bolnuhos
 I don’t need it  Malai chahina
 I don’t have it  Ma sanga chhaina
 Wait a minute  Ek chin parkhanos
Getting Around

English Phrase

Nepali Translation

 How much to get to ……….?  …..kolagi kati paisa lagchha?
 Is it far from here?  Yaha bata tadha parchha?
 Can I walk there?  Hidera jana sakinchha?
 I want to go ………..  Ma …………. Janchhu
 Where does this bus go?  Yo bus kaha janchha?
 How much is it to go to ……..?  ……….jana kati parchha?

Accommodation

English Phrase

Nepali Translation

 Where is a guesthouse /hotel /campsite/  lodge?  guesthouse/hotel/campsite/lodge kaha  chha?
 What is the address?  Thegana ke ho?
 Please write down the address  Thegana lekhidinuhos
 Can I get a place to stay here?  Yaha basne thhau paunchha?
 May I look at the room?  Kotha herna sakchhu?
 How much is it per night?  Ek ratko, kati paisa ho?
 Does it include breakfast?  Bihanako khana samet ho?

Trekking

English Phrase

Nepali Translation

 Which way is ………………..?  …………………jane bato kata parchha?
 Is there a village nearby?  Najikai goun parchha?
 How many hours/ days to …….?  …………. Pugna kati ghanta/din laagchha?
 Where can I get a porter?  Bhariya kaha payinchha?
 I want to sleep  Malai sutna man lagyo
 I’m feeling cold  Malai jado lagyo
 Please give me water  Malai pani dinuhos
Food and Drink

English Phrase

 Nepali Translation

 I’m a vegetarian  Ma sakahari hun
 What is this/ that?  Yo/ tyo ke ho?
 Food/ meal  Khana
 Bread (loaf)  (Pau) Roti
 Rice/ cooked rice  Chamal/ bhat
 Green, leafy vegetable  Sag
 Meat  Masu
 Vegetable (cooked)  Tarkari
 Lentils  Dal
 Egg  Anda/ phul
 Fruit  Phal
 Sugar  Chini
 Salt  Noon
 Pepper  Marich
 Curd  Dhai
 Milk  Dudh
 Tea  Chiya
 Water  Paani

Shopping

English Phrase

Nepali Translation

 Where is the market?  Bazaar kaha chha?
 What is it made of?  Kele baneko?
 How much?  Kati
 I like this  Malai yo ramro lagyo
 I don’t like this  Malai yo ramro lagena
 Money  Paisa
 Cheap  Sasto
 Expensive  Mahango
 Less  Kam
 More  Badhi
 Little bit  Alikati

Health

English phrase

Nepali Translation

 Where can I find a good doctor?  Ramro daktar kaha paincha?
 Where is the hospital?  Yaha aspatal kaha chha?
 I don’t feel well  Malai sancho chhaina
 I have diarrhea  Pakhala lagyo
 I have altitude sickness  Lek lagyo
 I have fever  Joro ayo
 I’m having trouble breathing  Sas pherna sakdina
 Medicine  Ausadhi
 Pharmacy  Ausadhi pasal

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Kulendra Baral

Kulendra Baral is a travel and tourism specialist in Nepal. In 2004, Nepal Visitors was established and promoting the Nepal Tourism. Nepal Visitors is a travel information provider side where Nepalese travel related agencies are affiliated

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