Learn Some Basic Nepali Phrases To Use While In Nepal

Common nepali phrases

Not only in Nepal but in any other country where you are traveling, knowing one or two phrases or terms of the local language makes your trip easy and more enjoyable. Considering Nepal as a friendly destination, you will get a lot of happy reactions if you use one or two of the following basic Nepali phrases, at the very least. And, here are some of the common Nepali phrases that we use in Nepal.

All the words that are written in Bold Italics are Nepali phrases/words.

Let’s start with some basic greetings. These are the phrases that are generally used when you meet someone for the first time and continue a bit of a conversation.

Hello – Namaste | Namaskar, or you can simply say hello

Good Morning – It’s Shubha Prabhat in the Nepali language, however, you can also say good morning, as in we are used to it rather than Shubha Prabhat

Good Evening – same goes for the good evening, you can simply say good evening

How are you?- Timilai Kasto Chha? Or Sanchai Chhau?

I am fine. Thank you. – Ma thikai Chhu as in I’m good. Or, Malai sanchai Chha, it means I am fine. And, Dhanyabad (Thank You)

What’s up? – K chha? Thik Chha? (Thik Chha? Also refers to how are you. Or, how are you doing?

See you again – Feri Vetaula, it also means let’s meet again.

Where are you from?- Timi kaha bata aayeko?

The answer to that will be like Ma (your country) bata aayeko.

What is your name? – Timro naam k ho?

The answer to that will be like Mero naam (your name) ho.

Now, here are a few words that are often used by the traveler. It’s easy to learn and remember and you’ll feel like you have learned a lot of words.

Yes – Ah or ho

(If you are considering giving an answer for something like Do you have a visa or ticket? Then you can answer with Chha. Chha means to have or to have something)

No – hoina 

(Just like Chha, If you do not have things then you can say Chhaina). Chhaina means you don’t have it.

Maybe- Saayad

Thanks – Dhanyabad (as mentioned earlier). Or, you can simply say thanks.

Sorry – you can use sorry. But the actual translation of sorry is Maaf Garnuhos. You can use this word in like Maaf Garnuhos, Hajurle k vannu vayeko? – It means Sorry, what did you say?

Again – Feri

Where? – Kaha? or kata?

What? – K?

Why? – Kina?

When? – Kahile?;

Please – Kripaya but please is also fine.

Alright – Thik Chha

I’m tired – Ma Thaki Rakheko Chhu

I’m happy –  Ma Khusi Chhu. If you want to say I’m truly happy, You can say Ma Sachhai Khusi Chhu. And, for I am very happy, you can say Ma Dherai Nai Khusi Chhu. Or, Ma Nikai Nai Khusi Chhu.

I need a taxi – Malai Eauta Taxi Chahiyo | Chahinchha

Right – Daaya

Left – Baaya

Straight ahead –  Sidhaa Agaadi

Good – Raamro

Very good –  Dherai Raamro (Dherai means more)

Bad – Naraamro

You – Timi (If you are talking to the same age group of people or younger than you) or Tapai ( for elder people than you). If you want to speak with more respect then, you can use Hajur. Like Hajurlai kasto xa? It means how are you but in a more respective manner.

Well, Hajur is also used as an answer if someone calls you. Like if someone calls you by your name then you can answer them with Hajur. It’s more like saying yes, how can I help you?

With that, here are some general words or phrases that you can use while in hotels, shops, or restaurants.

Tea – Chiya

Coffee -Coffee

Sugar – Chini

Mint tea – Dudh Chiya

Milk –Dudh

Water – Paani

Toilet – Most of us nowadays use the word toilet for it. But the actual Nepali word for this is Shauchaalaya or Charpi

Room – Kotha

Hotel – Hotel

House – Ghar

Tips – Tips or Bakshish

Money – Paisa or Rupiya

How much is this? – Yeslai Kati Parchha?

Can I look at this? – K ma yo herna sakchhu? Or Maile yo saman herna milchha?

That’s very nice – Yo Ek Damai Ramro Chha. Or, simply Ramro Chha.

Too expensive – Dherai Mahango Chha

No thanks, I do not want it. – Haina Thik Xa. Malai Yo Chahidaina.

Ok – Hunchha

Today – Aaja

Tomorrow –  Bholi

Yesterday – Hijo

Some Terms for Money

In Nepal, we generally call money, Paisa even though Paisa actually denotes a small unit of money. It’s actually a smaller unit than a Rupee. The Nepalese Currency is called Rupiyaa or Rupaiyaa. But you can ask like Kati Paisa Vayo? To ask how much it cost.

One – Ek

Two – Dui

Three –  Teen

Four – Chaar

Five – Paanch

Six – Chha ( Similar to Have_ Chha)

Seven – Saat

Eight – Aatha

Nine – Nau

Ten – Dus

Twenty – Bis

Thirty – Tees

Forty – Chaalish

Fifty – Pachaash

Sixty – Saathi

Seventy – Sattari

Eighty – Assi

Ninty – Nabbe

Hundred – Saye

Two hundred – Dui Saye

Three hundred – Teen Saye (It’s simple. All you need to do is add Saye (hundred) after the first numerical word.)

Thousand- Hajaar

Two thousand – Dui Hajaar ( Same process as in hundred. Add the numeric word before Hajaar (thousand)

*Note: The adding and counting of numbers are only easy from one up to ten. For Eleven, twenty-one, and such terms, there are different words. You need to learn Nepali to understand and practice all those words.)