Basic Nepali Words and Sentences That You Must Know

Written by Barry Allen

November 27, 2022

Basic Nepali Words and Sentences That You Must Know

Introduction

Some fundamental Nepali phrases are more valuable than others.

Why not concentrate on mastering these words first? We chose to write this post for you specifically for that reason.

The essential Nepali phrases covered in this post will help you communicate better if you’re just beginning to learn Nepali or are already fluent.

If you’re soon traveling to a Nepali-speaking place, these will be especially useful to you.

Basic Nepali Words and Sentences That You Must Know

The following are the basic Nepali words and sentences that you must know:

1.My name is … 

Mero naam ______ ho.

(me-ro na-m _____ ho.)

Use this phrase to tell someone your name.

2. What’s your name?

Hajurko naam ke ho?

(Ha-jur-ko na-m ke ho?) or Tapai ko naam ke ho? (ta-pai ko na-m kay-ho?)

Use this phrase to ask someone his/her name.

3. How much does this cost?

____ maa jaana kaati parchha?

( maa-jaa-na ka-ti, par-chaa)

Use this phrase to know the cost of something.

4. How are you?

(formal) Hajurlai Sanchai cha? (San-chai-CHA?) (mid-formal) Timlai sanchai cha? (informal) or Timilai kasto cha? (Kas-tow CHA?)

Use this phrase to ask someone how he or she is?

5. Reply to ‘How are you?’

Sanchai chu, Dhanyabaad. (San-chai-CHu) or Ramro chu. (Ram-row CHu)

Use this phrase to tell someone that you are fine.

6. I lost my wallet. 

Mharo batuo gamgyo

Mero wallet haraayo. (Me-ro wallet ha-raa-yo)

Use this phrase to tell someone about losing your wallet.

7. I need your help. 

Malaai sahayog chaiyo. (Ma-laai sa-ha-yog chai-yo)

Use this phrase to ask for help.

8. Fine, thank you. 

Sanchai chu, Dhanyabaad. (San-chai-CHu) or Ramro chu. (Ram-row CHu)

Use this phrase to tell that you are fine.

9. I don’t understand. 

Ma buhjhdina. (Ma Bu-jh-di-na)

Use this phrase if you don’t understand something.

10. I can’t speak Nepali well. 

Ma nēpālī bōlna sakdina

Use this phrase to tell someone that you can’t speak Nepali.

11. Do you speak English? 

Kē tapā’īm̐ aṅgrējī bōlnuhuncha

Use this phrase to ask someone to speak English.

12. I only speak a little Nepali

Ma ali-ali matra Nepali bolchu .

(Ma all-ee all-ee matra nee-pa-li bowl-chu )

13. Do you speak English?

Tapaai Angreji bolnuhunchha?

(Ta-Pai- Ang-gri-jee bolnu-hun-cha?)

13. Is there someone here who speaks English?

Yahan Koi English bolne cha?

(Ya-ha(n) Ko-i English bol-ne-cha?)

15. Where is the toilet?

Shauchalaya kata cha?

(Sa-u-cha-la-ya ka-ta chha?

16. I lost my wallet. 

Mero wallet haraayo.

Me-ro wallet ha-raa-yo

17. I’m lost. 

Ma haraayeň.

(Ma ha-raa-yeň)

Basic Nepali words that you should know:

  • Please – ‘Kripayaa'(Kree-pah-YAH) indicated by using the polite form
  • Thank you -dhanyabaad (DHAN-naii-bat) (not used that much in commerence by native speakers)
  • Yes – Hajur. (HA-jur) or Ho. (HO)
  • No – Chaina. (Chai-NA) or Haina. (Hai-Na)
  • Excuse me. (Getting attention) – sunnus ta.
  • Excuse me. (Begging pardon) – Maaf garnuhola. (MA-af-GARNU-Hola)
  • I’m sorry – Ma maafi chahanchu.
  • Goodbye – Namaskaar
  • Goodbye (informal) – Namaste
  • Bye Bye -Ta-ta
  • Good morning – Subha Prabhat. (Instead use Namaste or Good Morning)
  • Good evening – Good evening. (Not used; instead use Namaste or Good Evening)
  • Good night – Subha ratri. (Instead use Namaste or Good Night)

Conclusion

We hope these foundational words and phrases will improve your ability to speak Nepali confidently.

The first few times won’t be simple, so practice is the only and best option.

And always remember to prioritize the most important terms first rather than attempting to memorize all the phrases we shared with you today.

 

 

Author

  • Barry Allen

    Barry Allen is a Technical writer at Layman Solution. He is an expert in writing How To and Fixes articles.

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