Asking directions in Nepali

Where is the …..? – Kaha chha …..?

Where is this [bus] going? – Yo [bas] kahaa jaanchha ?

Which is the way/trail/road to ? – jane baato kun ho ?

Which is the best way? Kun baato ramro chha ?

How far is it?- Kati taadhaa chha ?

Where are you going?-Tapaai kahaa jaanuhunchha?

I am going to – Jaanchhu

Where have you come from? Tapai kahaabaata aaunubhaeko?

Here- Yahaa

There- Tyahaa

[To the] right- Daayaa [tira]

[To the] left- baayaa [tira]

Straight- Sidhaa

North-Uttar

South- Dakshin

East- Purba

West- Pashchim

Near- Najik

Far- Taadhaa

how to address people in nepali

Here’s how to address people generally in Nepali

Excuse me -maaf  garnuhos

Excuse me (more polite)- Hajur

Elder brother- Daai; Daaju (said to men your age or older; more respectful)

Younger brother- Bhaai (men or boys younger than you)

Elder sister- Didi (women your age or older)

Younger sister- Bahini (women or girls younger than you)

Father- Bua (a man old enough to be your father)

Mother- Aama (women old enough to be your mother)

Grandfather-Baje (old man)

Grandmother- Bajei (old woman)

Shopkeeper, Innkeeper- Saahuji (male)

Shopkeeper, Innkeeper- Saahuni (female)

Pronounce Nepali dishes properly

Learn how to say these mouth-watering Nepali dishes and you will never go hungry in Nepal!

Daal bhaat tarkari – Lentil soup, white rice and curried vegetables
Dahi chiura – Curd with beaten rice
Pakauda – Vegetables dipped in chickpea flour batetr, deep fried
Samosa – Pyramids of pastry filled with curried vegetables
Sekuwa – Spicy, marinated meat kebab
Tareko maachha – Fried fish
Momo – Dumplings (Nepali style) 🙂

Newari (native Kathmandu) dishes

Chataamari – Rice-flour pizza, usually topped with minced buff
Choyila – Buff cubes fried with spices and greens
Kachila – Pate of minced raw buff meat mixed with ginger and oil
Kwati – Soup

 

Handy nepali words to learn

Handy nepali words to learn for a foreigner

Above, Over,Up –  Maathi

And – Ra

Because – Kinabhane

Behind – Pachhadi

Below, Under, Down – Taala

But – Tara

Each – Pratyek

From – Baata

In, Inside – Bhitra

In front of – Agaadi

Or – Ki

Out, Outside – Bahira

That – Tyo

This – Yo

To, Towards – Tira

With – Sanga

Without – Chhaina

 

Learn Nepali adjectives

Nepali Adjectives

little –  Alikati, thorai

lot  – Dherai

After – Pachhi

Again- Pheri

All – Sabai

Alone – Eklai

Already – Pahile

Always- Sadai

Another – Arko

Bad – Kharaab, naraamro

Beautiful – Raamro

Best – Sab bhanda raamro

Better – Ajai raamro

Big- Thulo

Cheap – Sasto

Clean – Safaa

Clever – Chalakh

Closed – Banda

Cold –  Jaado (person or weather)

Cold (liquid)- Chiso

Crazy- Paagal

Dark  – Adhyero

Different- Pharak

Difficult – Gaaro

Dirty- Phohor

Dishonest- Bemaani

Downhill- Oraalo

Dry- Sukeko

Early- Chaadai

Easy- Sajilo

Empty- Khali

Enough- Prasasta

Expensive- Mahango

Far- Taadhaa

Few- Thorai

Full (thing)- Bhari

Fun- Majaa

Good- Raamro

Happy- Khushi

Heavy- Garungo

Hot- Garam (person or weather)

Hot (liquid)- Taato

Hungry- Bhokayeko

Hurt-Dukhyo

Late- Dhilo

Less- Kam

Lost- Haraeko

Loud- Charko

Many- Dherai

More (quantity)- Aru

More (degree)- Ekdum, ajai

Naughty- Badmaas

Near(er)- Najik(ai)

Never- Khahile pani

New- Nayaa

Noisy- Halla

Often- Kahilekahi

Old (thing)- Purano

Old (person)- Budho (male), Budhi (female)

Only- Maatrai

Open- Khulaa

Quick- Chitto

Pretty, good- Ramaailo

Right (correct)- Thik

Sad- Dukhi

Same- Eutai

Similar- Jastai

Small- Saano

Sometimes- Kahile kahi

Soon- Chaadai, chittai

Stolen- Choreko

Learn Basic Nepali verbs

Try learning these Nepali Verbs 🙂

Arrive – Aaipugnu

Ask – Sodhnu

Believe – Biswas garnu

Break – Bhaanchnu

Buy – Kinnu

Carry p- Boknu

Close – Banda garnu

Come – Aunu

Cook – Pakaaunu

Do – Garnu

Eat – Khaanu

Feel – Mahasus garnu

Fix (attach) – Jodnu

Forget – Birsanu

Get- Paunu, linu

Give – Dinu

Go – Jannu

Hear, Listen – Sunnu

Help – Madhat garnu

Hurry- Hatar garnu

Learn – Siknu

Leave – Chodnu

Lie – Jhutho bolnu

Look, See – Hernu

Lose –  Haraunu

Make – Banaunu

Need – Chaahinu

Open – Kholnu

Put – Raakhnu

Receive – Paunu

Remember – Samjhinu

Rent – Bhadama linu

Rest – Aaram garnu

Return –   Pharkanu

Run – Daudinu

Say, Tell – Bhannu

Sit – Basnu

Sell – Bechnu

Sleep – Sutnu

Speak – Bolnu

Steal – Chornu

Stop – Roknu

Take – Linu

Think – Sochnu

Try -Kosis garnu

Understand – Bujnu

Use – Prayog garnu

Wait – Parkhinu

Walk – Hidnu

Want – Chahanu

Wash – Dhunu (face, clothes)

Wash- Nuhaaunu (body)

Work – Kaam garnu

How to negotiate in Nepali?

Negotiate in Nepali

How much does this cost ? Esko kati parcha ?

How much for a [room] ?  [Rum] ko kati parcha?

Is there somewhere I can stay?  Mero lagi basne thau cha holaa ?

How many people ?  Kati jana ?

For [two] people  [Dui] jana ko lagi

Only one person  Ek jana matrai

Can I see it ?  Herna sakchhu ?

Do not do that! (to a child) Teso nagara

Do not do that (to a child)  Tyo nachalau

Go away (to a child)  Jaau!

It is very/too expensive – Dherai mahango bhayo

Is there a cheaper one –  Kunai sasto chha?

I do not need/want it  Malai chaaidaina

I do not have any change – Masanga khudra chhaina

Please use the meter – Meter-maa jaanus

Just a moment – Ek chin

I will come back – Ma pharkinchhu

Good job, well done – Kyaraamro

Do not worry – Chinta nagarnus

The bill, please – Bil dinus

What are basic Nepali numbers?

Nepali Numbers

1 – ek

2 – dui

3 – tin

4 – chaar

5 – paanch

6 – chha

7 – saat

8 – aath

9 – nau

10 – das

11 – eghaara

12 – baara

13 – tera

14 – chaudha

15 – pandra

16 – sora

17 – satra

18 – athaara

19 – unnais

20 – bis

25 – pachhis

30 – tis

40 – chaalis

50- pachaas

60 – saathi

70- sattari

80 – asi

90 – nabbe

100 – ek saee

200 – dui saee

1000 – ek hajaar

2000- dui hajaar

first [time] – pahilo [palta]

second – dosro

third – tesro

fourth — chautho

fifth – paachau

Basic Questions in Nepali

Do you speak English?                 – Tapaai Angreji bolnuhunchha?

Does anyone speak English?        – Kasailai Angreji aunchha?

I don’t speak Nepali                     – Ma Nepali boldina

Is/Isn’t there [a room]                  – [Kothaa] chha/chaina?

Is [a meal] available?                   – [Khaanaa] painchha?

Is [smoking] okay?                       – [churot khaana] hunchha?

Please help me                              – Malai madat garnus

Please give me …….                    –  ………. dinus

I  am [hungry]                               – Malai [bhok] laagyo

I am not [hungry]                         – malai [bhok] lageko chaina

I like …. [very much]                   – Malai ….. [dherai] manparchha

I want/do not want                        – Malai …… chaahinchha/chaaidaina

What  is [this] for ?                      –  [Yo] ke ko laagi?

What is the matter ?                     – Ke bhayo?

What is [this] called in Nepali ? – [yas]  laai Nepali maa ke bhanchha ?

Really ?                                         –  Hora ?

How                                              – Kasari

What                                             –  Ke

When                                            – Khahile

Where                                           – kahaa

Who                                              – Ko

Why                                              – Kina

Which                                           – Kun

 

Basic Nepali Greetings and phrases?

Here are some basic Nepali greetings and phrases that might be useful to you if you are in Nepal.
Please click on the link below to download the basic Nepali phrases and greetings below.

Basic Nepali phrases and Greetings are:

Hello, goodbye (formal) Namaste
Hello (very formal) Namaskar
Thank you (very formal) Dhanyebad
Yes/No (it is/isn’t) Ho/Hoina
Yes/No (there is/isn’t) Chha/Chhaina
How are things Kasto  chha? or Sanchai chha
It’s/I’m OK, fine Thik chha or Sanchai chha
OK! /Sure thing! (Informal) la!
OK! /Sure thing! (formal) Hos!
What’s your name (to an adult) Tapaiko naam ke ho?
What’s your name (to a child) Timro naam ke ho?
My name is …………. Mero naam ………… ho
My country is ………. Mero desh …………… ho
I don’t know Malai thaahaa chaina
I didn’t understand that Maile tyo bujina
Please speak more slowly Bistarai bolnus na
Please speak that again Pheri bhannus ta
I  speak a little Nepali Ali ali Nepali auncha
Pardon? Hajur?
No, thanks (I don’t want it) Nai or pardaina
I’m sorry, excuse me Maph garnus
Let’s go jaun: “djam”
It was an honor to meet you Hajur lai bhetera dherai khushi lagyo
Thank you [very much] for everything Sabai kurako laagi [dherai] dhanyabaad
See you again Pheri bhetaula

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