Nepal is home to diverse geography, 126 ethnic groups speaking as many as 123 languages, the beautiful Himalayas, and a unique culture. Every year thousands of people from around the world visit Nepal to experience the culture, learn about religion, language, and history. People visit Nepal mostly for trekking and adventure since Nepal is an “Adventure Paradise”.
Knowing a few words while traveling to other countries is always a blessing and tool to receive a warm welcome from locals. In Nepal, where hospitality is a huge part of everyday culture, it’s good to try to speak a few phrases for your hosts.
The Nepali language is the official national language. In main cities, and in many tea houses, most people speak English. Also, some can understand English but don’t speak it. Knowing a few Nepali phrases will be a great help.
Here are some common Nepali phrases/sentences/ words that are easier to learn and will be very helpful if you are planning to visit Nepal for any purpose or length of time.
Nepali - English
Namaste - Hello
Mero naam…..ho - My name is ….
Tapai ko naam k ho? - What is your name?
Tapai lai kasto cha? - How are you?
Malai sancho cha - I am doing well.
Malai sancho chaina - I am not doing well
Dhanyaabad - Thank you
Swagatam - Welcome
Maaf-garnus - Sorry
Hajur - Yes
Haina - No
Mittho cha - It taste good
Mittho Chaina - It doesn’t taste good
Tapai angreji bolnuhuncha? - Do you speak English?
Maile bujhina - I don’t understand
Toilet kata cha? - Where is the toilet?
Yesko kati parcha? - How much for this?
Ramailo vayo - It was fun
Feri Bhetaula - See you again
Dai - Older bother
Bhai - Younger bother
Didi - Older sister
Baini - Younger sister
Daal Bhaat - Rice, lentil soup and curry
Khana khanu vayo? - Have you eaten?
Khana - Lunch / Dinner
Khaja - Afternoon snacks
Pani - Water
Aama - Mother
Buwa - Father
Your guide will teach you a few phrases in the local language once you are in the mountains since each ethnic group has their own mother tongue and it is completely different from the Nepali language.
The best thing about Nepal is that we are always ready to teach you more about our culture, lifestyle, and language. Make your next adventure a time to learn language!