Speaking like a local – useful lingo for the trail
November 12, 2015
Learning the local language before heading out on your worldly adventures is always beneficial. It will give you a more intimate look into a foreign culture, make you and the local people you meet feel at ease and could be a helpful tool to get you out of a sticky situation in remote areas where English is not commonly known.
There are more than 100 different languages and dialects in Nepal, which would take a few lifetimes to learn even for the most adept of linguists. To help you out, we’ve focused on a couple of helpful phrases in Nepali that will help you speak like a local during your trek on the Great Himalaya Trails, as well as provide some amusing moments for the locals you meet along the way.
Friendly greetings on the trail
|Namaste||Hello||Tapaailaai?||How about you?|
|Namaskar||Respectful version of Namaste||Khaanaa Khaanu bhayo?||Have you eaten? (Informal greeting)|
|Hajur||Yes. Can also be used when someone calls your name||Tapaai lai bhetera khusi laagyo||Nice to meet you!|
|Tapaailai kasto chha?||How are you?||Pheri Bhetaunlaa||See you later!|
|Malaai Thik Chha||I am fine||Dhanyabaad||Thank you|
Getting to know each other
|Tapaai ko naam k ho?||What is your name?||Tapaai kaha bata aunu bhayeko?||Where are you from?|
|Mero naam John ho.||My name is John||Ma Germany baata ayeko.||I am from Germany|
|Aama/Buwa||Mother/Father||Nanu/Babu||Young girl/Young boy|
|Didi/Bahini||Big sister/Little sister||Saathi||Friend|
|Dai/Bhai||Big brother/Little brother||Saathiharu||Friends|
|Kati Bajyo?||What time is it?||Garmi bhayo||I feel hot|
|Aile eeghara (11) bajyo.||It’s 11 o’clock||Maile bujhina||I don’t understand|
|Malaai biscuit (food item) kinnu paryo||I’d like to buy biscuits||Toilet kahaa chha?||Where is the bathroom?|
|Malai thakaai laagyo||I am tired||Ramro hotel kataa chha?||Where is a nice hotel?|
|Mero khuttaa dukhyo||My legs hurt||Ma hataar maa chhu||I’m in a hurry|
|Malaai bhok laagyo||I am hungry||Thamel kahaan ho?||Where is Thamel?|
|Malaai pyaas laagyo||I am thirsty||Thamel jane gadi kata paincha?||Where can I get a public vehicle to Thamel?|
|Malaai sancho chaina||I feel sick||Kati ho?||How much? (useful for asking taxi drivers)|
|Mero pet sancho chaina||My stomach doesn’t feel good||Esko kati parcha?||How much does this cost? (In shops)|
|Ausadhi chaahiyo||I need some medicine||Jomsom jane baato kun ho?||Which is the road to Jomsom?|
|Sahayog!||Help!||Ma ali-ali Nepali bolchu||I only speak a little Nepali|
|Jaado bhayo||I feel cold|
Useful words for neanderthal speak
|Tato pani||Hot water||Bato||Road|
|Chiso pani||Cold water||Gaun||Village|
|tin||three||nau||nine||chaalis||forty||ek saye||one hundred|
|chaar||four||das||ten||pachaas||fifty||dui saye||two hundred|
|paanch||five||pandra||fifteen||saathi||sixty||ek hazaar||one thousand|
Do you have any useful phrases that you’ve picked up during your visit to Nepal? Please share them with us!Back to MyGHT
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