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10 Nepali Words to Speak during your Visit to Nepal

Learn these top 10 Nepali words to speak during your visit to Nepal and communicate efficiently with Nepalese. These words are easy to learn and speak. It will take you a few seconds to understand these words and memorize them.

Nepal is best known for its trekking and adventure activities. Since you will be around a different landscape with people speaking different languages, it is better if you learn some common words used on daily basis.

It is difficult to learn the whole language and it may take years and years to excel in it but some words and short sentences are easy to grab and can be used regularly to interact.

Nepali Words to Speak during your Visit to Nepal

Top 10 Nepali Words for Tourists

Below are some common terms in Nepali translated from English words that you can use to communicate with people in Nepal. We will also learn how to pronounce Nepali words.

English WordsNepali Words
HelloNamaste/ Namaskar
Thank YouDhanyabaad
It is deliciousMitho Chha
It is GoodRamro Chha
See You AgainPheri Bhetaula
How much does it cost?Yo Kati Rupaiya ko ho?
I am hungryBhok Lagyo
Help MeSahayog/ Madat Garnus
Good MorningSubha Bihani
It is funRamailo Chha

1. Namaste/ Namaskar – Hello

It would be nice if you greet people around when you first meet them. In western culture, ‘Hi’ and ‘Hello’ is prevalent. In Nepali, we say ‘Namaste’ while in gesture, we join our two palms.

The Namaste Tradition: Facts about Nepal
The Namaste Tradition

Joining two palms and saying ‘Namaste’ is a polite way to say ‘Hello’ to someone. It’s a type of mannerism that makes your first impression great among Nepali people, mainly elderly people.

So, when you meet someone at any time of the day, you can simply smile and say ‘Namaste’ to them. In return, they will also say ‘Namaste’ to you. When you intend to interact with the locals in Nepal, initiate the conversation with ‘Namaste’.

2. Dhanyabaad – Thank You

‘Dhanyabaad’ is the Nepali word for ‘Thank You’. You can say ‘Dhanyabaad’ while expressing gratitude to someone.

When you receive some kind of help or service from someone, you can simply smile and say ‘Dhanyabaad’ to the person.

Thank You Dhanyawaad

The person will understand that you are grateful to have received the service from him/her and they may reply with ‘Swagatam’, which means ‘Welcome’ in Nepali.

Conversely, if someone says ‘Dhanyabaad’ to you, reply to them by saying ‘Swagatam’.

3. Mitho chha – It is delicious

It is obvious that when you like the taste of a delicacy, you tell the chef or express to your surroundings that it is delicious. So how to say delicious in Nepali?

When you go to remote places in Nepal, you will get an opportunity to taste foods with unique tastes. If you like the taste of the dish, express your feeling by saying ‘Mitho chha’.

Mitho Chha Nepali Words

‘Mitho chha’ means ‘It’s delicious’ in the Nepali language. The local people who served you the food will be delighted with your expression.

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4. Ramro Chha – It is Good

Now let’s learn to compliment in Nepali. What would you say when you see something beautiful or eye pleasing?

You say either ‘It’s beautiful’ or ‘It’s Good’, right? So when you liked something you express your likeness in Nepali by saying ‘Ramro chha’.

Ramro Chha Nepali Words

If someone asks you ‘Kasto chha?’, you say ‘Ramro chha’. ‘Kasto chha?’ is the Nepali translation of English words ‘How’s it?’ while ‘Ramro chha’ is the Nepali translation of the English word ‘It’s good’.

So now you know how to compliment the beautiful Himalayan ranges in Nepali words, right?

5. Pheri Bhetaula – See You Again

When we meet someone, we greet them by saying ‘Namaste’. Similarly, at the time of departure, we say ‘Pheri Bhetaula’, which means ‘We will meet again’ or ‘See you again’ in the Nepali language.

See You Again - Pheri Bhetaula

There is no specific Nepali word for ‘Bye’ but there is a tradition of saying ‘Pheri Bhetaula’ while leaving that gives a sense of joy that you wish to see them again in the future. It gives positive feelings while leaving.

So, when you meet local people in the villages hotel owners, guides, and porters, before leaving the place, you can bid farewell by saying ‘Pheri Bhetaula’. This sentence will definitely bring a smile to the person’s face.

6. Yo kati Rupaiya ko ho? – How much does it Cost?

When you go to buy something in the market, you ask for the price of the product with the shopkeeper.

Shopping in Kathmandu

You may say ‘How much does it cost?’ in the English language but how do you say it in the Nepali language?

You can say ‘Yo kati Rupaiya ko ho?’ in Nepali for ‘What is the cost?’. You can say this sentence for asking the price of food, gear, clothes, anything.

So while asking the price of something to someone, you ask by saying ‘Yo Kati Rupaiya ko ho?’.

7. Bhok Lagyo – I am hungry

It will be so disheartening to starve when you can’t tell others that you’re hungry, isn’t it? So how do you say you’re hungry in the Nepali language?

It is simple. Just say ‘Bhok Lagyo’. Whenever you feel hungry, you say ‘Bhok lagyo’ to the other person, so that he can bring you food.

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When you are trekking, it’s exhausting to walk for hours. You can feel hungry at that time. If you did not eat some food, you won’t have the energy to walk further.

So how would someone know if it’s time for you to eat? You tell them by saying ‘Bhok Lagyo’. In this way, you can avoid starving.

The local people knowing that you’re hungry may bring you lots of delicious food prepared in their kitchen. Enjoy the food and don’t forget to say ‘Mitho chha’!

8. Sahayog/ Madat garnus – Help me

Do not be shy to ask for help. Giving and receiving help avoids difficulties and enhances friendship.

When you are with your guide and porter, they will help you throughout your journey.

Female Travelers to Nepal with a Guide

If you feel like asking for their help, you can ask for help by saying ‘Sahayog garnus’ or ‘Madat garnus’. Both are the Nepali translation of ‘Help me, please’.

9. Subha Bihani – Good Morning

When you wake up early in the morning, you will meet your group members, guide, porter, and other people at breakfast.

Sunrise: Good Morning

You would greet people by saying ‘Good Morning’ in the English language but in the Nepali language, you can pronounce ‘Subha Bihani’ which translates ‘Good Morning’.

Similarly, for ‘Good Night’, we say ‘Subha Ratri’ in the Nepali language. ‘Subha’ translates to wishing good in Nepali. ‘Bihani’ means morning whereas ‘Ratri’ means night.

10. Ramailo Chha – It is fun

The next word that we often use is the word ‘fun’. When you are in Nepal traveling to various places, it is definitely going to be a fun journey.

When you are having fun, you say ‘Ramailo chha’ in Nepali, which is the Nepali translation of ‘It’s fun’.

Ramailo Chha

‘Ramailo chha’ is used to express enjoyment. It indicates that the atmosphere is joyful and you’re enjoying it.

The guide may ask you frequently if you’re having fun or not because it is important that you’re happy and enjoying the journey.

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Learn Nepali Alphabets

Nepali is the national language of Nepal. To learn the Nepali language, we must first know the Nepali alphabet. The Nepali alphabet is just like the English alphabet but with more sounds.

There are 26 alphabets in English but in Nepali Languages there are 36 Nepali alphabets that produce different sounds and pronunciations.

Take a look at the 36 alphabets of the Nepali languages below.

Nepali Alphabets

At the End

You just learned the top 10 Nepali words translation of English words and now you also know how to pronounce words in Nepali.

Tell us in the comment section below if you enjoyed learning the Nepali translation of English words or not. They are easy words and are used regularly.

Use these Nepali words to interact with Nepali people and surprise them with your good vocabulary. It will help you to present yourself as friendly and to make friends easily.

Suraj Katwal

Suraj is a travel enthusiast who believes in finding solace in the heart of nature. He enjoys exploring new destinations, different culture, and encouraging people to travel.

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