HELPFUL PHRASES

Most of the  Himalaya agriculture family speaks very good english. On the bus or walking around however, it would help to know some basic Nepali Phrases.

 

Nepali Ann’s Itty-Bitty, but darn good Nepali Language Primer

Learning a few of the basics is really opens up a country to the traveler, visitor, tourist… Just a little of the language will help you to get around, to meet people and to really deepen your experience of a culture. It shows the locals that you want to learn about them and care about their country and culture. So start with these basics…

note: Underlined words are shown as samples only, you should substitute as necessary

Basic Greetings and Pleasantries

Nepali Tranliteration  English Translation
Namaste Hello, Greetings, I bless the divine in you
Namaskar The more respectful version of Namaste
Hajur All purpose term meaning yes? Pardon, Excuse me?
(Tapaiilai) Kasto Cha? How are you?
(Malai) Thik Cha I am fine
Khana khannu bhayo? Have you eaten? (used often as informal greeting)
Dhanybhad Thank you
Tapaiiko naam ke ho? What is you name?
Mero naam Ann-Marie ho My name is Ann-Marie
Maaph garnuhos Excuse me/ pardon me/ sorry
Maile bhujhina I don’t understand
Maile bhujhe I understand
Pheri bhetaunla I hope we meet again

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