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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 pronounciation isn't perfect. A few tips include - learning to roll your R's, that U is pronounced OU and 'aï' sounds like 'eye'.

Meeting in Nepal

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

Good morning / Good eveningNamaste
How are you?San tché tcha ?
Fine, thank you, and you?Malai sanchai chha, tapai ?
I understand / I don't understandMabujhchu / Maile bujhina
SorryBirsi dinu
Thank you (very much)N'existe pas en Népali
Excuse meHajur
My name is...Mero naam... ho
No thank youHoïna
Yes / NoHo / Hoïna
You're welcomeKehi / Timila'i svagata cha


How much is it?Kati ?
It is very cheapSasto
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 itMalai yo ramro lagyo / Malai yo ramro lagena
I'm just looking around.Ma sirpha khojiraheko chu


I would like to go to ...Ma... ma janchhu
I would like to rent ...Ma kira'e cahanuhuncha


Where is ...? / How can I get to ...?Kaha ? / ...Kolagi kati paisa lagchha ?
Train stationRela sṭeśana
Is it close / far?Yahabatake nire chha ? Yahabatake tadha chha ?
Straight aheadSidha
Left / RightBaya / Daya
North / South / East / WestUttara / Daksina / Cha / Kaham cha

Numberssieben, acht, neun, zehn

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, tenEk, dui, tin, char, panch, chha, sat, ath, nau, das
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtyBis, tis, chalis, pachas, sathi
seventy, eighty, ninetySattari, asi, nabbe
One hundredEk say

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

What time is it?Koti bodié ?
When?Jaba ?
Today (morning/midday/evening)Aja (bihaana / diuso / saanjh)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, SundaySombar, mangal bar, budhbar, bihibar, sukrabar, sanibar, aitabar
I am here on vacationMa hum chhutti / yaatraa
I am here for businessMa hum kama

Time to eat!

I am hungry / I am thirstyMalaaï boglagyo / Malaaï tirkha lagyo
EnjoyĀphnō khānākō majā
Cheers!Svāsthya !
It was deliciousMitho tcha
What can you recommend?Tapā'īṁ kē siphārisa garchan ?
I am vegeterianMa sahkahari hun
Not spicy please (I don't like spices)Ma piro khandina
It's too hotGaram !
I am allergicMa ēlarjī chu
Sea foodSamudrī
I would like...Ma cāhanchu
Tee / CoffeeChiya / Kaphī
Beer / WineBiyar / Raksī

Health / Emergency / Security

I need to see a doctor.Ramro daktar kaha paincha
Call an ambulance / Call 911Daktar laibolaunuhos
Where is the hospital?Yaha aspatal kaha chha ?
I do not feel very goodMalai sancho chhaina
It hurts hereMa yaham cōṭa
Where can I find the restrooms?Shaucha laya kaha chha
Help!Guhar !
I'm lostMa haraye


Have a nice day !Rāmrō dina !
David Debrincat
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Updated 26 October 2018
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