The phrases below are for the beginners who want to learn Nepali or for those who wish to learn basic and commonly spoken Nepalese phrases and sentences before travelling to Nepal.

Here you can find phrases used to greet when meeting new people, basic phrases for travellers that are often needed for e.g. asking for directions to navigate local area or when visiting hotels for accommodation. In addition, learn time and day phrases, and more importantly numbers in Nepali which is required for everyday use.

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Greetings and Pleasantries in Nepali

There are different ways to greet people and wishing them the best wishes in Nepalese Language. Leave a good impression by learning some of the most basic form of greetings and pleasantries which you can use when meeting anyone.

  1. Hello
    (Namaste)
    स्वागतम्
  2. Thank you
    (Dhanyabaad)
    धन्यवाद
  3. Good morning
    (Subha Prabhat / Namaskar)
    शुभ प्रभात / नमस्कार
  4. Good afternoon
    (Subha Diuso / Namaskar)
    शुभ दिउँसो / नमस्कार
  5. Good evening
    (Subha shandhya / Namaskar)
    शुभ सन्ध्या / नमस्कार
  6. Good night
    (Subha ratri / Namaskar)
    शुभ रात्री / नमस्कार
  7. See you later
    (Pachi Bhetaula)
    पछि भेटौला
  8. Good bye
    (Namaste)
    नमस्ते
  9. What is your name? / My name is …
    (Tapaiko naam ke ho? / Mero naam … ho)
    तपाईको नाम के हो ? / मेरो नाम … हो
  10. How are you?
    (Tapaaii lai kasto cha?)
    तपाईंलाई कस्तो छ?

Basic Nepali Phrases for Travellers

If you plan to travel to the Nepal, you may need to ask general question for e.g. finding out the price of an item, getting information to navigate around local area, and getting to the locations for restaurants and accessing transportations facilities. For these, following phrases will come in handy.

  1. Do you speak English?
    (Tapaai Angreji bolnu hunchha?)
    तपाई अंग्रेजी बोल्नु हुन्छ?
  2. I don't speak Nepali well
    (Ma nepali ramrosanga boldina)
    म नेपाली राम्रोसँग बोल्दिन
  3. I don't understand
    (Maile Bujhina)
    मैले बुझिन
  4. Please speak slowly
    (Kripaya bistarai bolnuhos)
    कृपया बिस्तारै बोल्नुहोस्
  5. Please say it again
    (Kripaya pheri bhannuhos!)
    कृपया फेरि भन्नुहोस्!
  6. Where are the restrooms?
    (Shauchalaye Kata cha?)
    शौचालय कता छ?
  7. How do I get to …
    (… Kasari Jane?)
    … कसरी जाने ?
  8. Left
    (Baayaa)
    बायाँ
  9. Right
    (Daayaa)
    दायाँ
  10. Straight ahead
    (Sidha agadi)
    सिधा अगाडी
  11. Can I change money?
    (Ke ma paisa saatna sakchu?)
    के म पैसा सात्न सक्छु?
  12. How much is this?
    (Yes ko kati parcha?)
    एसको कति पर्छ?
  13. It's too expensive
    (Yo dherai mahongo cha!)
    यो धेरै महँगो छ!
  14. Do you have rooms available?
    (Ke tapai sanga khali kotha uplabda cha?)
    के तपाई सँग खाली कोठा उपलब्द छ ?
  15. I am hungry
    (Ma lai Bhog Laagyo)
    मलाई भोग लाग्यो

Pronouns in Nepali

Learn various pronouns used in day-to-day Nepali phrases to communicate with locals.

  1. I, We, Our
    (Ma, Hami, Hamro)
    म, हामी, हाम्रो
  2. You (Singular)
    (Tapai)
    तपाईं
  3. You (Plural)
    (Tapai Haru)
    तपाईहरु
  4. Them
    (Uni Haru)
    उनीहरु
  5. This, That
    (Yo, Tyo)
    यो, त्यो

Clock Basic in Nepali

Learn basic words and phrases related to clock in Nepali.

  1. Hour(s)
    (Ghanta)
    घण्टा
  2. Minute(s)
    (Minet)
    मिनेट
  3. Quarter past one / two …
    (Sawa yek / Dui …)
    सवा एक / दुइ …
  4. Quarter to one / two …
    (Paune yek / Dui …)
    पाउने एक / दुइ …
  5. Half past one / two
    (Sadhe yek / dui ghanta)
    साढे एक / दुइ घण्टा
  6. Day
    (Din)
    दिन
  7. Week
    (Hapta)
    हप्ता
  8. Month
    (Mahina)
    महिना
  9. Year
    (Barsa)
    बर्ष
  10. When
    (Kahile)
    कहिले
  11. What time is it?
    (Kati Bajyo)
    कति बज्यो?
  12. One moment please
    (Kripaya! Ekai chin hai)
    कृपया! एकै छिन है

Time and Day in Nepali

  1. Sunday
    (Aitavar)
    आइतवार
  2. Monday
    (Somabar)
    सोमबार
  3. Tuesday
    (Mangalbar)
    मंगलबार
  4. Wednesday
    (Budhavar)
    बुधवार
  5. Thursday
    (Bihivar)
    बिहीबार
  6. Friday
    (Sukravar)
    शुक्रवार
  7. Saturday
    (Shanibar)
    शनिबार
  8. Morning
    (Bihana)
    बिहान
  9. Afternoon
    (Diuso)
    दिउसो
  10. Evening
    (Beluka)
    बेलुका
  11. Night
    (Raati)
    राति
  12. Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday
    (Aaja, Bholi, Hijo)
    आज, भोलि, हिजो
  13. This Week, Next Week, Last Week
    (Yo Hapta, Arko Hapta, Aghillo Hapta)
    यो हप्ता, अर्को हप्ता, अघिल्लो हप्ता
  14. This Month, Next Month, Last Month
    (Yo Mahina, Arko Mahina, Aghillo Mahina)
    यो महिना, अर्को महिना, अघिल्लो महिना
  15. This Year, Next year, Last year
    (Yo Barsa, Arko Barsa, Aghillo Barsa)
    यो वर्ष, अर्को वर्ष, अघिल्लो वर्ष
  16. Now
    (Ahile)
    अहिले
  17. Later
    (Pachi)
    पछि
  18. Before
    (Pahile)
    पहिले

Months in Nepali

Nepal has its own "Nepali Calendar" which follows the Bikram Sambat System. Also called Nepali Patro, it is the Official calendar of Nepal. Nepali calendar shows exact Nepali date with Nepalese events and festivals like Dashain, Tihar and even Marriage Dates.

Nepali calendar is approximately 56 years and 8½ months ahead of the Gregorian (English) calendar. It uses traditional lunar calendar and the year begins in the month Baishakh (around 14th April).

Below are the phrases used for saying months in Nepali.

  1. April - May
    (Baishaakh)
    बैशाख
  2. May - June
    (Jeth)
    जेठ
  3. June - July
    (Asar)
    असार
  4. July - August
    (Sawan)
    श्रावण
  5. August - September
    (Bhadra)
    भाद्र
  6. September - October
    (Ashoj)
    असोज
  7. October - November
    (Kartik)
    कार्तिक
  8. November - December
    (Mangsir)
    मंसिर
  9. December- January
    (Poush)
    पौष
  10. January - February
    (Magh)
    माघ
  11. February - March
    (Falgun)
    फाल्गुन
  12. March - April
    (Chaitra)
    चैत्र

Numbers in Nepali

Learn how to say numbers from one to thousand, ten thousand, one hundred thousand which is called `Yek Lakh (एक लाख)`, and one million often referred to as `dash lakh (दश लाख)` in Nepali.

  1. 0
    (Sunna)
    शुन्य/सुन्ना
  2. 1/2 (Half)
    (Aadaa)
    आधा
  3. 1
    (Ek)
    एक
  4. 2
    (Dui)
    दुई
  5. 3
    (Tin)
    तीन
  6. 4
    (Char)
    चार
  7. 5
    (Panch)
    पाँच
  8. 6
    (Chha)
  9. 7
    (Saat)
    सात
  10. 8
    (Aath)
    आठ
  11. 9
    (Nau)
    नौ
  12. 10, 20, 30, 40, 50
    (Dash, Bis, Tis, Chalis, Pachaase)
    दश, बीस, तीस, चालीस, पचास
  13. 60, 70, 80, 90
    (Saatthi, Sattari, Assi, nabbe)
    साट्ठी, सत्तरी, अस्सी, नब्बे
  14. 100, 500, 1000
    (Ek Saye, Panch Saye, Yek Hazar)
    एक सय, पाँच सय, एक हजार
  15. 10000, 100000
    (Dash Hazar, Yek Lakh)
    दश हजार, एक लाख
  16. One Million (1,000,000)
    (Dash Lakh)
    दश लाख
  17. Ten Million (10,000,000)
    (Ek Karod)
    एक करोड
  18. One Billion (1,000,000,000)
    (Ek Arab)
    एक अर्ब / एक अरब
  19. Less
    (Kam)
    कम
  20. More,
    (Dherai)
    धेरै
Nepali (Rs) Currency Exchange
Currency Unit Nepali Rs.
U. S Dollar 1 Dollar ($) 130.8114 Rs
UK Pound 1 Pound (£) 157.6311 Rs
Euro 1 Euro 141.3938 Rs
Malaysian Ringgit 1 M. Ringgit 30.7286 Rs
Saudi Riyal 1 S. Riyal 34.8824 Rs
Bahrain Dinar 1 Dinar 347.0941 Rs
Qatari Riyal 1 Q. Riyal 35.8813 Rs