Shifting to a new country without having any insight into its culture, language, and traditions can be a hassle. Especially when traveling for educational or personal interest, keeping shut due to language barriers becomes an everyday phenomenon. However, there should be an end to it. Instead of sulking in the corner, the only way out is to practice some Nepali school phrases and other related basic words to grasp Nepali from its core.
Thus, to save you valuable time and help you improve your language skills within a few days, this blog has prepared sets of different Nepali phrases related to school, like के म भित्र आउन सक्छु? (May I come in?), तपाईको बिषय के हो? (What is your subject?), etc. Whether you are a new teacher or an exchange student in Nepal, the following essential Nepali words and phrases will undoubtedly boost your confidence and make you an eloquent speaker of the Nepali language.
In case you were already pursuing the Nepali language, nothing can be a better companion than rehearsing some school-related phrases which are used on a customary basis. So, want to learn more? Continue reading and enjoy your school life in Nepal!
- Education In Nepal
- Basic Nepali School Phrases
- Phrases Related To Students
- Phrases Related To Teachers
- School-Related Vocabulary
Education In Nepal
Did you know that the current Nepali education system is the youngest in the world? It followed the traditional Indian education system of its neighbor, where there are ten years of school education, four years spent on college education, and two years preserved for the next Masters’s program.
While Nepal is still on the verge of becoming a developing country, its education system has improved quite drastically in recent years. From only 9000 students in primary school and no university, today, it has around 400 million primary school students, with multiple high-level studies being conducted around the country. So, if you are traveling to Nepal for educational purposes, you must know some of the facts currently surrounding the country’s academic atmosphere.
Since Nepal is under construction, the funds provided for education are less. There is a need for more learning mechanisms such as extra classrooms, libraries, research tools, laboratories, etc. Moreover, student participation from the lower castes of the Hindu caste system is meager, and some rural areas still prefer girls in their kitchens rather than in school.
Nevertheless, until recently, the situation was even worse. With time, families have started sending their children to neighboring countries like India, Singapore, etc., for better studies and to learn more about higher research. It can be viewed in two ways. The youth is becoming more inclined toward education, but leaving the country to pursue higher education leaves Nepal with a poor educational response. But to rectify such losses, Nepal has started many exchange programs and is now extending its educational platform for foreigners and also Nepali people belonging to different classes and castes. So, while visiting Nepal, you will find diversity and get enlightened by their developing educational schedules.
Universities In Nepal
- Nepal Sanskrit University
- Kathmandu University
- Agriculture and Forestry University
- BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
- Tribhuvan University
- Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences
Basic Nepali School Phrases
In this section, we will go through some of the typical Nepali school sentences that you can use to greet someone or have a conversation. As an English speaker, these basic phrases will give you a kickstart at Nepali pronunciation and fluency and help you make a friend or two right on the first day of your school.
1. Hello, How Are You?
Translation: नमस्ते, कस्तो हुनुहुन्छ?
Irrespective of your designation as a teacher or a student, the greeting phrase “Hello, how are you?” is a must-know phrase. Whenever you meet someone, your colleague or classmate, greet people with नमस्ते, कस्तो हुनुहुन्छ?- Namastē, kastō hunuhuncha?/ Kasto Cha? It will help you start a conversation without being ignorant.
2. Where Is The Principal’s Office?
Translation: प्रधानाध्यापकको कार्यालय कहाँ छ ?
The next common phrase is प्रधानाध्यापकको कार्यालय कहाँ छ ? Once you reach the school premises, as a new student, you will always have a word or two with the administration and principal department. So, to ask for guidance over the direction, you can ask Pradhānādhyāpakakō kāryālaya kahām̐ cha? It will also help you communicate easily with the working staff and get a sound start to your school life in Nepal
3. Where Are You From?
Translation: तिमी कहाँको हौं?
Being a foreigner in Nepal, you will be surrounded by multiple questions from the locals. One example would be तिमी कहाँको हौं?- Timī kahām̐kō hauṁ? It is a common phrase in tourist areas, and when asked, the most thoughtful reply is to say I am from…- म बाट… (Ma bāṭa…).
4. What Is Your Name?
Translation: तिम्रो नाम के हो?
The following vital phrase to get acquainted with your classmates or students is तिम्रो नाम के हो?- Timrō nāma kē hō? Without any name, it is impossible to interact and get familiar with people, especially when you have no friends around. Also, to reply to such a question when you get asked, you can say My name is…- मेरो नाम… (mero naam…). So, to mark the start of your school journey, this phrase will come in handy.
5. When Is The First/Last Day Of School?
Translation: विद्यालयको पहिलो/अन्तिम दिन कहिले हो?
To get acquainted with the school days and routines, you can ask विद्यालयको पहिलो/अन्तिम दिन कहिले हो?- Vidyālayakō pahilō/antima dina kahilē hō? It is also a perfect starter for a conversation with a new person. So, if you want to be polite and speak with a new member, you can use this phrase as a solid beginning.
6. Can You Please Help Me With…
Translation: के तपाईं मलाई मद्दत गर्न सक्नुहुन्छ …
As a new attendee, you will have a lot of doubts. So, whenever you need some help with any kind of problem, you can use the phrase के तपाईं मलाई मद्दत गर्न सक्नुहुन्छ …- Kē tapā’īṁ malā’ī maddata garna saknuhuncha… It is a polite and generous way to ask Nepalese people to help you without sounding rude.
7. Where Is The Canteen?
Translation: क्यान्टिन कहाँ छ?
Schools always remind you of the canteen. Once you reach the school premises, you might get confused with the map. The easy way to find out “where the canteen is” is by asking someone to help you with the directions. Use the phrase क्यान्टिन कहाँ छ?– Kyānṭina kahām̐ cha? to allow the fellow being to understand your need.
To take it a step further and start familiarizing yourself with the people you can say के तपाईं मसँग सामेल हुन चाहनुहुन्छ?- Kē tapā’īṁ masam̐ga sāmēla huna cāhanuhuncha? In English, it says, “Would you like to join me?”
8. Nice To Meet You
Translation: तपाईँलाई भेटेर खुशी लाग्यो
No matter with whom you are chatting or where you are, it is always courteous to end a meeting with the phrase तपाईँलाई भेटेर खुशी लाग्यो- Tapā’īm̐lā’ī bhēṭēra khuśī lāgyō. And as a new member of the school, it will undoubtedly help you create an impression in front of the locals.
Phrases Related To Students
Now, we will learn Nepali phrases related explicitly to students. If you are a student, then the phrases below will help you through your journey. Since most are necessary phrases, try to memorize them and keep them in practice.
|May I come in?||के म भित्र आउन सक्छु?||Kē ma bhitra ā’una sakchu?|
|When is the first class?||पहिलो कक्षा कहिले हुन्छ?||Pahilō kakṣā kahilē huncha?|
|What is your subject?||तपाईको बिषय के हो?||Tapā’īkō biṣaya kē hō?|
|Ma’am, I have a doubt||मेडम, मलाई शंका छ||Mēḍama, malā’ī śaṅkā cha|
|What’s the homework for today?||आजको लागि गृहकार्य के हो?||Ājakō lāgi gr̥hakārya kē hō?|
|Do you have the new timetable?||के तपाइँसँग नयाँ समय तालिका छ?||Kē tapā’im̐sam̐ga nayām̐ samaya tālikā cha?|
|Where is the washroom?||वाशरूम कहाँ छ?/ शौचा लाया कहा छ||Vāśarūma kahām̐ cha?/ Shaucha laya kaha chha|
|Would you like to be friends?||के तपाई साथी बन्न चाहनुहुन्छ?||Kē tapā’ī sāthī banna cāhanuhuncha?|
|Can I take leave?||के म बिदा लिन सक्छु?||Kē ma bidā lina sakchu?|
|Yes, I understand!||हो, मैले बुझें!||Hō, mailē bujhēṁ!|
Phrases Related To Teachers
If you are a teacher in a new country, then this section is for you. All the must-know phrases related to classroom and student behavior are mentioned below. Please give it a good read.
|Please sit down||कृपया बस्नुहोस||Kr̥payā basnuhōsa|
|Why are you late?||किन ढिलो ?||Kina ḍhilō?|
|Do not make noise in the class||कक्षामा कोलाहल नगर्ने||Kakṣāmā kōlāhala nagarnē|
|Did you complete your homework?||के तपाईंले आफ्नो गृहकार्य पूरा गर्नुभयो?||Kē tapā’īnlē āphnō gr̥hakārya pūrā garnubhayō?|
|Please read the book||कृपया पुस्तक पढ्नुहोस्||Kr̥payā pustaka paḍhnuhōs|
|Are there any questions?||त्यहाँ कुनै प्रश्नहरू छन्?||Tyahām̐ kunai praśnaharū chan?|
|It’s time for attendance||हाजिरी हुने बेला भयो||Hājirī hunē bēlā bhayō|
|Someone solve this problem||कसैले यो समस्या समाधान गर्नुहोस्||Kasailē yō samasyā samādhāna garnuhōs|
|Everybody pay attention in the class||कक्षामा सबैको ध्यान जाओस्||Kakṣāmā sabaikō dhyāna jā’ōs|
To give you more insight into the Nepali language, here is a list of terms related to school. Reading them will further enhance your language skills.
|Answer||जवाफ दिनुहोस्||Javāpha dinuhōs|
|Classroom||कक्षा कोठा||kakṣā kōṭhā|
Over To You!
Are you ready to ace your time in the new school? Language barriers always cause problems in new countries and become an excuse to stay aloof. But when you are in a school, you cannot avoid interaction. So, to remove the barrier of awkwardness and give yourself a boost of confidence, keep practicing the phrases and terms shown above. With regular training, you will become an expert in Nepali pronouns and start avoiding mistakes.
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