Useful Nepalese Phrases


Useful Phrases

Basic Greetings and Pleasantries
  Nepali Transliteration   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 bhaiyo? Have you eaten? (used often as informal greeting)
Dhanybhad Thank you
Tapaiiko naam ke ho? What is your 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

 

Addressing People / Things
Ann-Marie-ji Formal way to address someone using their name
Aama / Buwa Mother / Father, but also friendly term men/women roughly in your parents generation
Didi / Bahini Older / Younger sister, but also friendly term used to refer to other women roughly in your generation
Dhai / Bhai Older / Younger brother, same as above
Nanu / Babu Young girl / boy child
Ma / Hami I / We
Tapaii You
Yo / Tyo This / That

 

Verb Bases (Infinitive Form) & Verb Conjugation
  Janu          To go Bolnu                 To speak
Aunu           To come Roknu                  To stop
Basnu          To sit Hidnu                   To walk
Khannu         To eat  Khelnu                   To play
Rakhnu         To put Sutnu                   To sleep
Garnu          To do Hernu                   To see
Dinu           To give Pewnu                  To drink
Linu           To take Oothnu                Rise/wake up
Kinnu          To buy

 

Question Words
Ke What
Kahaang Where
Kati How much
Kina / kinabhane Why / because
Kasko Whose
Kahile When
Kun Which
Kasari How
Kasto How (of quality)

 

Food Adjectives
Mitho / namitho Tasty / Not tasty
Bhuteko Fried
Umaaleko Boiled
Noonilo Salty
Gooliyo Sweet
Amilo Sour
Tito Bitter
Piro Spicy
Food Items
Tarkari / Vegetables Gajur / Carrots
Kaulee / Cauliflower Bandakobi / Cabbage
Alu / Potato Makai / Corn
Saag / Spinach Kerau / Peas
Parsi / Pumpkin Pyaaj / Onion
Lasun / Garlic Kaankro / Cucumber
Simee / Beans Coursani / Chili
Adhuwa / Ginger Bhatamas / Soybean
Golbheraa / Tomato Dhal / Lentil
Bhadam / Peanut Kaju / Cashew
Mohar / Honey Bhat / Rice
Dudh / Milk Daihee / Yogurt
Pauroti / Bread (Loaf) Chapati / Bread (flat round)
Tel / Oil Noon / Salt
Chinni / Sugar
Pani / water Umaleko pani / Boiled water
Raksi / Alcohol Toomba / Millet beer
Chyang / Rice beer Ras / Juice

 

Useful Nouns

Bato / Road Pul / Bridge Des / Country Bajar / Market
Kotha / Room Gau / Village Khola / River Pasal / Shop
Khanna / Food Ghar / House Mithai / Sweets Koseli / Gift
Topee / Hat Jhola / Bag, pack Git / Song Kitaab / Book
Manche / Person Mancheharu / People Chorachori / Children Bideshi / Foreigner
Pariwar / Family Dharma / Religion
Numbers
1 / ek 6 / cha 15 / pandhra 50 / pachaase
2 / dui 7 / saat 20 / beece 60 / sathi
3 / tin 8 / aath 25 / pacheece 70 / sattari
4 / char 9 / nau 30 / teece 80 / assi
5 / panchs 10 / das 40 / chaleece 90 / nabbe
100 / ek saye 200 / dui saye 1000 ek hazar
Expressions of Time
Aaja / Today Hijo / Yesterday Bholi / Tomorrow Ghanta / Hour
Din / Day Haptaa / Week Mahina / Month Barsa / Year
Bihaana / Morning Diunso / Afternoon Beluka / Evening Raatri / Night
Subha raatri Good night
Kati bhajyo? What time is it? Ek bhajyo One o’ clock