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Useful phrases in Nepali

A collection of useful phrases in Nepali, an Indo-Aryan language spoken mainly in Nepal, and also in Bhutan, Burma and India.

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English नेपाली (Nepali)
Welcome स्वागतम् (swagatam)
Hello
(General greeting)
नमस्ते (namaste)
How are you? तपाईंलाई कस्तो छ?
(tapaaii lai kasto cha?)
तिमीलाई कस्तो छ?
(timi lai kasto cha?)
Reply to 'How are you?' मलाइ सन्चै छ । तपाईलाई नि?
(malaai sanchai cha. tapaaiilaaii ni?)
Long time no see लामो समयसम्म हराउनु भयो नी!
(lamo samaya samma haraunu bhayo ni!)
What's your name? तपाईंको नाम के हो?
(tapaaiiko naam ke ho?)
तिम्रो नाम के हो?
(timro naam ke ho?)
My name is ... मेरो नाम ... हो
(mero naam ... ho)
Where are you from? तपाईकी घर काहाँ हो?
(tapaaiikii ghara kaaham ho?)
I'm from ... मेरो घर ... हो
(mero ghara ... ho)
Pleased to meet you तपाईलाई भेटेर खुशी लाग्यो
(tapaaiilaaii bhetera khushii laagyo)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
शुभ प्रभात
(subha prabhat)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
नमस्कार
(namaskar)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
शुभ सन्ध्या
(subha sandhya)
Good night शुभ रात्री
(subha ratri)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
नमस्ते (namaste)
Good luck शुभ कामना
(subhakamana)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
शुभ कामना
(subhakamana)
Have a nice day शुभ दिन
(subha din)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
राम्ररी खानु होला (ramrari khanu hola)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
शुभ-यात्रा (shubha yatra)
I understand मैले बुझेँ
(maile bujhaam)
I don't understand मैले बुझिन
(maile bujhina)
Yes हो (ho)
No होइन (hoena)
Maybe शायद (saayad)
I don't know मलाई थाहा छैन
(malaaii thaahaa chaina)
Please speak more slowly बिस्तारै भन्नुस्
(bistaarai bhannus)
Please say that again फेरि भन्नुस्
(pheri bhannus)
Please write it down कृपया लेख्नुहोस्
(kripaya lekhnuhos)
Do you speak Nepali? के तपाइ नेपाली बोल्नुहुन्छ?
(ke tapain nepali bolnuhunchha?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
हजुर, अलि अलि बोल्छु
(hajur, ali ali bolchhu)
Speak to me in Nepali? म सँग नेपालीमा बोलनुस। (ma sanga nepali ma bolnus)
How do you say ... in Nepali? तपाइले नेपालीमा .... लाइ कसरी भन्नुहुन्छ?
(tapain le nepalima ... lai kasari bhannu hunchha?
Excuse me माफ गनुस्
(maapha ganus)
How much is this? यो कति हो?
(yo kati ho)
Sorry माफ गनुस्
(maapha ganus)
Thank you धन्यवाद
(dhanyabad)
Reply to thank you no equivalent
Where's the toilet? शौचालय कता छ?
(sauchalaya kata chha)
This gentleman will pay for everything यहाँ हरेकचिजको भुक्तानी गर्नुहुन्छ।
(yaha harekchijko bhuktani garnuhunchha)
This lady will pay for everything उहाँले हरेकचिजको भुक्तानी गर्नुहुन्छ।
(uhale harekchijko bhuktani garnuhunchha)
Would you like to dance with me? के तपाइ मसँग नाच्न चाहनुहुन्छ?
(ke tapain masanga nachna chahanuhunchha)
I love you म तपाइलाइ माया गर्छु।
(ma tapainlai maya garchu)
Get well soon चाँडै निको हुनुहोस्
(chadai niko hunuhos)
Leave me alone! मलाइ एक्लै छोड्नुहोस
(malai eaklai chodnuhos)
Help! सहयोग गर्नुस्
(sahayao garnus)
Fire! आगो बाल्नुस्
(aago balnus)
Stop! रोक्नुहोस्
(roknuhos)
रोकिनुहोस्
(rokinuhos)
Call the police! प्रहरी बोलाउनुहोस्
(prahari bolaunuhos)
Christmas and New Year greetings क्रस्मसको शुभकामना तथा नयाँ वर्षको शुभकामना
(krismas ko subhakamana tatha nayabarsha ko subhakamana)
Birthday greetings जन्मदिनको शुभकामना!
(janmadinko shubhakamana)
One language is never enough एउटामात्र भाषा कहिल्यै पर्याप्त हुँदैन।
(euṭāmātra bhāṣā kahilyai paryāpta huṃdaina)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

Translations provided by Mohan Adhikari and Suyesh Bhattarai

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Links

Other collections of Nepali phrases
https://youtu.be/5WjxwkMSXgA
http://the-voyagers.tripod.com/language.htm
http://wikitravel.org/en/Nepali_phrasebook
http://mylanguages.org/nepali_phrases.php
http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/projectteam/
turin/downloads/nepali_primer.pdf

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