Basic Nepali words in english

Some common Nepali words to interact with people

Mentioned below are some of the mostly used Nepali phrases that we use the most daily.

By Babayaga69

If you are planning to visit Nepal anytime soon and want to learn basic words before you reach here,this article might be the best choice for you.

Nepali language is not very difficult to learn. Actually,it is easier to learn and understand but hard to master.

Most of the people here in Nepal understands basic English and Hindi. But for increasing social interaction or communicating with the people that don’t know English,you might wanna consider learning following words:

  1. NAMESTE  || ˈnäməˌstā
  • It is the first thing that you might wanna do if you wanna interact with someone. Namaste is like “hello” but with more respect and closure feeling.You might wanna join your hands together and bow your head little bit for perfect Namaste or normally just saying Namaste would work fine.

2. DHANYABAAD || Dhan’yāvāda

  • Dhanyabaad is simply Nepali way of saying “Thank You“.

3.  La/Huncha

  •  La or huncha means “okay“. You might use La or Huncha or even both together.Huncha is preferred  and used more.

4. Nai || Naei

  • Nai means “No

4. Ma,Hami || Ma,Hāmī

  • Ma is used to represent “I” or “me” and hami is used to represent “We“.

5. Ta/Timi/tapai

  • Ta/timi/tapai are Nepali translation of “You“. Here we use separate denotation for you. “Ta” is said to a person whom are are very close to or whom you are rude to. “Tme” is said to someone who is smaller or of same age as yours. The most respectful way of saying “You” is “Tapai“.

6. Khana,Khaja || khānā,khājā

  • Khana means “lunch” and khaja means ” breakfast“. Khana can even simply be denoted as food.

7. Sundar || Sundara

  • Sundar means “beautiful” in nepali.

8. Keta,Keti || Kēṭā,Kēṭī

  • Keta means “boy” and keti means “girl“.

9. Bachha,Budo || Baccā,Budo

  • Bachha means “kid” and budo means “old people

Below are some of the relations that you might wanna know:

  1. Mother= Aama/mummy
  2. Father= Baba/daddy
  3. Big brother= Dai
  4. Small brother= Vai
  5. Big sister= Didi
  6. Small sister= Bahini
  7. Maternal Uncle/Aunt= MAma/Maiju
  8. Grandfather/Gtrandmother= Hajurbuwa/Hajuraama
  9. Husband/Wife= Buda/Budi

Below are Nepali translation of some common animals

  1. Dog= Kukur
  2. Cat= Biralo
  3. Snake= Saap
  4. Elephant= Hatti
  5. Bees= Mauri
  6. Bird= Chara
  7. Chicken= Khukura
  8. Goat= Khasi/Boka

Some common foods that we eat daily are:

  1. Rice with Vegetable=Bhaat,Tarkari
  2. Fruits= Fal/Fruits
  3. Stuffed dumplings=Momo
  4. Knodded flour=Roti
  5. Water=Pani.
  6. Pickles=Achar

Counting of numbers from 1 to 12:

  1. One= Ek
  2. Two= Dui
  3. Three= Tinn
  4. Four= Chaar
  5. Five= Panch
  6. Six= Cha
  7. Seven= Saat
  8. Eight= Aath
  9. Nine= Nau
  10. Ten= Das
  11. Eleven= Eghara
  12. Twelve= Barha

Parts of a day

  1. Morning= Bihana
  2. Afternoon=Deuso
  3. Evening= Sajha
  4. Night= Rati

Basic translations of feelings:

  1. Love= Maya
  2. Anger= Ris
  3. Bore= Alchi
  4. Irritated= Jhyau
  5. Jealousy= Daha


These were just some of the basics of Nepali languages to get you going. If you have known these words than you can now learn some common Nepali phrases. They are:

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