20+ Useful And Short Nepali Phrases

Short Nepali phrases

Ready to rock the streets in Nepal with your new slides, outfits, and polaroid? But hold on! Have you taken care of some of the standard and short Nepali phrases that will help you communicate with the locals? If not, you are not ready whatsoever. If you want to travel to a country full of traditions and customs and blend in with the locals like a native, you must get your hands on the Nepali language.

So, in today’s post, we will cover some short phrases under different categories that will help you connect with the natives without any barriers and leave an interesting impression of your personality. The locals love when foreigners try their language and traditions. Moreover, learning a few common Nepali phrases will only make your trip more fulfilling and relaxing. From bargaining in the shops to conversing with a local stranger, everything will seem sweet as a dessert with phrases like तपाईको शौक के हो? (Tapā’īkō śauka kē hō?) यो कति हो? (Yō kaṭautī hō?), etc. So, want to learn more? Continue reading!

The Greeting In The Nepali Language

Before we start with the short phrases, here is a short note on the greeting of the Nepali people.

Nepali people greet each other as a sign of respect and friendliness. And instead of a handshake like the western culture, they have a unique way of greeting someone. So, as a sign of greeting, Nepalese locals bring their palms together in a praying position just in front of their chest and bow with their heads.

While obtaining such a posture, they usually say “Namaste” or “Namaskar,” which is similar to “hello” in the native language. It is said that the higher the hands go, the higher the status of the other person. Nevertheless, the ideal position is just right in front of the chest. This is a gesture of respect practiced by both men and women. It says, “I salute the god within you”.

Most foreigners become accustomed to such a practice as they land in Nepal. Although handshakes are becoming quite common in modern times, it is only respectful to follow their traditional greeting method. The way of performing a proper Namaste is by joining your hands together and touching your chin with your fingertips. One important thing is Hindus nod instead of bow. So, remember to be subtle when you go for the head bow. The locals will surely appreciate your efforts.

Nepali Short Phrases

Now we will go through some Nepali short phrases that you can use on different occasions. From normal greeting words to lunchtime vocabulary, you will learn everything you need. So, if you are ready, let’s get started and help you learn Nepali in no time.

Short Nepali phrases
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Greeting Phrases In Nepali

Here you will learn some greeting phrases that will help you interact with the locals once you land in the country. Doing so will allow you to build relationships easily without any confusion in the lingo.

EnglishNepali PronunciationSound
Hello, how are you?नमस्ते, कस्तो हुनुहुन्छ?Namastē, kastō hunuhuncha?
I am fineमलाइ सञ्चै चाMalai sanchai cha
Where are you from?तिमी कहाँको हौं?Timī kahām̐kō hauṁ?
What is your name?तिम्रो नाम के हो?tapaainko naam ke ho
My name is…मेरो नाम…Mērō nāma…
I am from…म बाट…Ma bāṭa…
Are you from Nepal?तपाई नेपालबाट हुनुहुन्छ ?Tapā’ī nēpālabāṭa hunuhuncha?
Where do you live?तपाई नेपालबाट हुनुहुन्छ ?Timi kahām̐ baschau?
It is a pleasure to meet youतपाईलाई भेट्न पाउँदा खुसी लाग्योTapā’īlā’ī bhēṭna pā’um̐dā khusī lāgyō
We should meet againहामीले फेरि भेट्नुपर्छHāmīlē phēri bhēṭnuparcha
Good morning/ Good afternoon/ Good eveningशुभ प्रभात / शुभ दिउँसो / शुभ साँझŚubha prabhāta/ śubha di’um̐sō/ śubha sām̐jha

Good night to youतपाईलाई शुभ रात्रीTapā’īlā’ī śubha rātrī
Sleep wellराम्रोसँग सुत्नुहोस्Rāmrōsam̐ga sutnuhōs
Have a nice dayहजुर को दिन राम्रो होस्Hajura kō dina rāmrō hōs
See you soonचाडै भेटौलाCāḍai bhēṭaulā
GoodbyeअलविदाAlavidā

Lunchtime Phrases In The Nepali Language

Lunchtime can bring in many questions, especially when you are new to the manners and food norms. So, to speak and convey your thoughts without any barriers, the following phrases will help you.

EnglishNepaliPronunciationSound
When is the lunchtime?खाजाको समय कहिले हो?Khājākō samaya kahilē hō?
What do we have for lunch?हामीसँग लंचको लागि के छ?Hāmīsam̐ga lan̄cakō lāgi kē cha?
Is this a traditional dish?के यो परम्परागत परिकार हो?Kē yō paramparāgata parikāra hō?
Thank you for the foodखानाको लागि धन्यवादKhānākō lāgi dhan’yavāda
Can I have more?के म थप पाउन सक्छु?Kē ma thapa pā’una sakchu?
What is this?यो के हो?Yō kē hō?
Is this vegetarian?के यो शाकाहारी हो?Kē yō śākāhārī hō?
Do you have beef?के तपाईंसँग गाईको मासु छ?Kē tapā’īnsam̐ga gā’īkō māsu cha?
I don’t eat spicyम मसालेदार खाँदिनMa masālēdāra khām̐dina
Can I have water?के म पानी पाउन सक्छु?Kē ma pānī pā’una sakchu?
Is this homemade?के यो घरेलु हो?Kē yō gharēlu hō?
What is this made of?यो के बनेको हो?Yō kē banēkō hō?
The food is deliciousखाना स्वादिष्ट छKhānā svādiṣṭa cha
The taste is very uniqueस्वाद धेरै अद्वितीय छSvāda dhērai advitīya cha
Do you have bread?के तपाईसँग रोटी छ?Kē tapā’īsam̐ga rōṭī cha?
I love riceमलाई भात मन पर्छMalā’ī bhāta mana parcha
I ate wellमैले राम्रोसँग खाएँMailē rāmrōsam̐ga khā’ēm̐

Social Nepali Phrases

Want to make friends once you are there? The best phrase list that you need is present in the table below. Please give them a thorough read and make hundreds of friends in one night.

EnglishNepali PronunciationSound
I am backम फर्केMa pharkē
Where have you been?तपाई कहाँ हुनुहुन्थ्यो?Tapā’īṁ kahām̐ hunuhunthyō?
Do you play sports?के तपाई खेलकुद खेल्नुहुन्छ?Kē tapā’ī khēlakuda khēlnuhuncha?
What are your hobbies?तपाईको शौक के हो?Tapā’īkō śauka kē hō?
Can I join you?के म तिमीसँग बस्न सक्छु?Kē ma timīsam̐ga basna sakchu?
I love your dressमलाई तिम्रो लुगा मन पर्छMalā’ī timrō lugā mana parcha
You are so kindतपाई एकदम दयालु हुनुहुन्छTapā’ī ēkadama dayālu hunuhuncha
Where are you going?कहाँ जाने
Kahaan jaane
Excuse meमलाईं माफ गर्नुहोस्Malā’īṁ māpha garnuhōs
Sorryमाफ गर्नुहोस्Māpha garnuhōs
Do you speak English?के तपाईँ अङ्ग्रेजी बोल्नुहुन्छ?Kē tapā’īm̐ aṅgrējī bōlnuhuncha?
Yes, I speak Englishहो, म अङ्ग्रेजी बोल्छुHo, ma angrejee bolchhu
Thank you धन्यवादDhan’yavāda
Your house is so beautifulतिम्रो घर धेरै सुन्दर छTimrō ghara dhērai sundara cha
You have a pretty faceतिम्रो सुन्दर अनुहार छTimrō sundara anuhāra cha
Can we meet again?के हामी फेरि भेट्न सक्छौं?Kē hāmī phēri bhēṭna sakchauṁ?
Can we be friends?के हामी साथी बन्न सक्छौं?Kē hāmī sāthī banna sakchauṁ?

Shopping Phrases In Nepali

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We can’t forget about shopping phrases when it comes to vacations. So here is a list of short shopping phrases that will help you get the best deals in the streets of Nepal.

EnglishNepaliPronunciationSound
What is the price of thisहो मोल काटि होYesko mol kati ho
Can I see more?के म थप हेर्न सक्छु?Kē ma thapa hērna sakchu?
What is the last price?अन्तीम दाम काटि होAntim daam kati ho
Is this made in Nepal?यो नेपाल बनेको होYo nepaalmaa baneko ho
Please reduce the priceमोल अली काम गरनुहोसMol ali kam grarnuhos
I want to change moneyमा पैसा साट्न चाहान्छुMa paisaa saatna chaahanchhu
Do you take card?कार्ड लिनुहुन्छ ?Kārḍa linuhuncha?
I like this oneमलाई यो मन पर्योMalā’ī yō mana paryō
It is too expensiveयो धेरै महँगो छYō dhērai maham̐gō cha
I love the qualityमलाई गुणस्तर मन पर्छMalā’ī guṇastara mana parcha
The colour is badरंग खराब छRaṅga kharāba cha
Do you have more designs?तपाईंसँग थप डिजाइनहरू छन्?Tapā’īnsam̐ga thapa ḍijā’inaharū chan?
What is the cheapest?सबैभन्दा सस्तो के हो?Sabaibhandā sastō kē hō?
I want theseम यी चाहन्छुMa yī cāhanchu

Emergency Nepali Phrases

You never know when emergencies will follow you. So to stay cautious and ready, here is a list of phrases that will keep you sane. Being in a strange city, you must have some of the needy words saved up your sleeves. 

EnglishNepaliPronunciationSound
I don’t feel wellमलाइ साँचो छैनाMalai sancho chhaina
Is there a place to stay here?यहाँ बास बस्नु पर्छ ?Yahaan baas basna paainchha?
Can I see a room?मा कोठा हर्ना सच्चुMa kothaa herna sakchhu
I need a roomम एउटा कोठा चाहान्छुMa eutaa kotha chaahanchhu
How much for one night?एक रातको कटि हो?Ek raatko kati ho?
Where is the hospital?अस्पताल कहाँ छ?Aspatāla kahām̐ cha?
Someone please help meकसैले मलाई मद्दत गर्नुहोस्Kasailē malā’ī maddata garnuhōs
Call the policeपुलिसलाई कल गर्नुहोस्Pulisalā’ī kala garnuhōs
I need an ambulanceमलाई एम्बुलेन्स चाहिन्छMalā’ī ēmbulēnsa cāhincha
Catch the thiefचोरलाई पक्रनCōralā’ī pakrana
Do you have medicines?के तपाईसँग औषधि छ?Kē tapā’īsam̐ga auṣadhi cha?
Help me!मलाई सहयोग गर!Malā’ī sahayōga gara!

Additional Short Nepali Phrases

EnglishNepaliPronunciationSound
Hold onहोल्ड गर्नुहोस्Hōlḍa garnuhōs
What’s upके छKē cha
Take careख्याल गर्नु होलाKhyāla garnu hōlā
See youभेटौँलाBhēṭaum̐lā
Let’s goजाऔंJā’auṁ
Shut upचुप लाग्नुCupa lāgnu
Have funरमाइलो गरRamā’ilō gara
Happy journey शुभ यात्राŚubha yātrā

Wrapping Up!

That must be a lot of common Nepali phrases to take in. But once you get used to it, nothing can stop you from spending your vacation like a pro in Nepal. Doing so will also help you improve your language skills and bring fluency to your Nepali language if you are a language learner. So we hope this blog was helpful to you and will bring in happy memories from the country.

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