Nepal is a multilingual country. Although Nepali is the national language, several languages are spoken around here. The Newars of the Kathmandu Valley speak Newari. Similarly, other languages include Tamang, Sherpa, Magar, Gurung, Rais, and more.
Most Nepalese are quite familiar with the English language as it is a compulsory topic from early schooling. So, extracting information should not be that hard. English is widely understood and accepted throughout the country. All the touchpoints of an average traveler such as restaurants, hotels, or travel agencies have at least one communication officer.
Furthermore, you need not learn the Nepali language to travel to Nepal. But being able to speak a few Nepali phrases can help you connect with the locals to a deeper level. Unsurprisingly, a simple Namaste is where everyone starts. Its literal meaning is ‘I salute the God in you’, but it’s used as an everyday greeting that encompasses everything from ‘Hello’ to ‘How are you doing?’. Let’s look at some more translations:
|1||How are you?||Tapai lai kasto chha|
|5||I don’t have||Chhaina|
|7||Wait a minute||Ek chhin parkha nos|
|9||I don’t need it||Ma lai chahidaina|
|10||I don’t have it||Ma sanga chhaina|
|11||I’m a vegetarian||Ma sahakari hu|
|12||I don’t eat spicy food||Ma piro khandina|
|20||It’s an emergency!||Apat paryo|
|21||Where is a… ?||… kaha cha|
|22||Can I get a place to stay here?||Yaha basna pauncha?|
|23||Can I look at the room?||Kotha herna sakchhu?|
|27||Hot water||Tato pani|
|29||Where can I find a good doctor?||Ramro daktar kaha paincha?|
|30||Where is the nearest hospital?||Yaha aspatal kaha chha|
|31||I don’t feel well||Malai sancho chhaina|
|34||Post office||Post afis|
|35||What time does it open/close?||Kati baje kholcha?|
|36||What time is it?||Kati bajyo|
|42||I’m having trouble breathing||Sas pherna sakdina|
|43||I have altitude sickness||Lekh lagyo|
|44||I have fever||Joro ayo|
|45||I have diarrhoea||Disha lagyo|
|48||What day is it today?||Aja ke bar ho|
There you have it, 50 words/phrases translated to Nepali. Quite frankly, these can just be used for fun and to connect with the locals to a deeper level as mentioned earlier. Most people in the tourism industry in Nepal have a pretty good understanding of the English language. You can communicate just fine. So, don’t get too worried about the language.
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