Nepali Language Basics

Knowing some of the basics of Nepali can make your visit to Nepal easier, but don’t worry many Nepalese people speak or understand English. Increasingly Nepalese people are speaking more of the languages of the tourists who visit.

Speaking some Nepali is a great way to break the ice and local people will appreciate your efforts to speak with them in their mother tongue.

Basic Nepali

EnglishNepaliPronunciation
Hello
नमस्तेnamaste
Welcomeस्वागतम्swagatam
Thank youधन्यवादdhanyabad
You're welcomeस्वागतम्swagatam
Yes
होho
Noहोइनhoina
Sorryमाफ गनुस्maapha ganus
Excuse meमाफ गनुस्maapha ganus
How much is this?यो कति हो?yo kati ho
My name is ...मेरो नाम ... होmero naam ... ho
I'm from ...मेरो घर ... होmero ghara ... ho
Pleased to meet you
तपाईलाई भेटेर खुशी लाग्योtapaaiilaaii bhetera khushii laagyo
What's your name?तपाईंको नाम के हो?tapaaiiko naam ke ho?
Where are you from?तपाईकी घर काहाँ हो?tapaaiikii ghara kaaham ho?
How are you?तिमीलाई कस्तो छ?tapaaii lai kasto cha?
I am fine. And you?मलाइ सन्चै छ । तपाईलाई नि?malaai sanchai cha, tapaaiilaaii ni?
Good morningशुभ प्रभातsubha prabhat
Good afternoonनमस्कारnamaskar
Good eveningशुभ सन्ध्याsubha sandhya
Good nightशुभ रात्रीsubha ratri
Goodbyeनमस्तेnamaste
Good luck!शुभ कामनाsubhakamana
Cheers! Good Health!शुभ कामनाsubhakamana
Have a nice dayशुभ दिनsubha din
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
राम्ररी खानु होलाramrari khanu hola
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
शुभ-यात्राshubha yatra
Where's the toilet / bathroom?शौचालय कता छ?sauchalaya kata chha
I understandमैले बुझेँmaile bujhaam
I don't understandमैले बुझिनmaile bujhina
Maybe
शायदsaayad
I don't knowमलाई थाहा छैनmalaaii thaahaa chaina
Please speak more slowlyबिस्तारै भन्नुस्bistaarai bhannus
Please say that againफेरि भन्नुस्pheri bhannus
Please write it downकृपया लेख्नुहोस्kripaya lekhnuhos
Get well soonचाँडै निको हुनुहोस्chadai niko hunuhos
Leave me alone!मलाइ एक्लै छोड्नुहोसmalai eaklai chodnuhos
Help!सहयोग गर्नुस्sahayao garnus
Fire!आगो बाल्नुस्aago balnus
Stop!रोक्नुहोस्roknuhos
Call the police!प्रहरी बोलाउनुहोस्prahari bolaunuhos
Birthday greetingsजन्मदिनको शुभकामना!janmadinko shubhakamana
Congratulations!बधाई छ!Badhā'ī cha!

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