23rd November 2018

5 phrases you must learn before visiting Nepal

Are you visiting Nepal soon?  Or do you simply just want to learn the native language of Nepal, where Gurkha soldiers originate from? 

Although you can usually communicate to others in English when in Nepal, it’s an advantage to be armed with basic phrases to enrich your travel experience. We’ve put together our top 5 phrases to know before you go.

1. Namaste = Hello/ Greetings

When to use “namaste”: when greeting others

Pronunciation: Na-mas-tay

Our Executive Officer Bishnu Pun explains how to pronounce and when to say “Namaste”:


2. Dhanyabād = Thank you

When to use “dhanyabād”: when thanking others

Pronunciation: Dan-yah-bad

Still unsure of how to pronounce “dhanyabād’? Guests at our Residential Home in Kaski show you how:


3. Maaph garnuhos =excuse me/ sorry

When to use “maaph garnuhos”: “Maaph garnuhos is primarily used when apologising, but it can occasionally be used when trying to make your way through somewhere crowded or to get somebody’s attention.

Pronunciation: Maff Gar-nuu-hos

Translation: excuse me or sorry


4. Pheri bhetaunla = Good Bye

When to use “pheri bhetaunla”: when saying farewell

Pronunciation: Feh-ry Vet-on-laa

Gary Ghale from our Gurkha Welfare Advice Centre in the UK explains when to say and how to pronounce pheri bhetaunla:


Didi, Dai, Bhai and Bahini  = sister/brother

Translation:
•Didi: Older sister
•Dai: Older brother
•Bahini: Younger sister
•Bhai: Younger brother

When to use: Not only would you use these when speaking to a sibling, you can also use these pronouns when speaking to a friend to make them feel like part of your family.

Pronunciation:
•Didi: Dee-dee
•Dai: Daa-i
•Bahini: Ba-hee-nee
•Bhai: Vaa-i

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