Thakali (थकाली)

Thakali is member of the Tamangic branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken mainly in the Kali Gandaki River valley in the Myagdi and Mustang districts of the Dhaulagiri Zone in central Nepal. In 2001 there were 5,900 speakers of Thakali.

Thakali is also known as Barhagaule, Tapaang, Thaksya, Panchgaunle or Thāksy. Dialects include Turkuche, Marpha, Syang and Seke. Seke is sometimes considered a separate language and has its own dialects: Tangbe, Tetang and, Chuksang. It is spoken by 700 people: 600 in Nepal and 100 in New York City.

Thakali is taught in primary schools and used in literature. It is spoken mainly by adults, except in Tukuche, where younger people also speak it.

Devanagari alphabet for Thakali

Devanagari alphabet for Thakali

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Sample text

ह्योम म्हिचा न्हव ल्हाङ्न स्वतन्त्रते म्हैकु अधिकाररी प्रेप्प्रे त। थमचा विवेक ते म्हन्व समचे युक्त तचिव त। भातृत्वए समकिन्सि टि्हचे सोतवप्रे क्हे क्हिम्जन ललम्याङ।


yḥom mḥicā nḥaw lḥāṅn swatantrate mḥaiku adhikārrī preppre ta. bhātritwae samkinsi ṭiḥce sotwapre kḥe kḥimjan lalamyāṅ.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Information about Thakali

Tamangic languages

Chhantyal, Gurung, Tamang, Thakali

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