Nepali Phrasebook A Pilgrims Key to Nepali

Delivery Ships in 1-3 days
Item Code: IDJ267
Author: Sunita,Reecha, Arjun and Danial
Publisher: Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu
ISBN: 8173030421
Pages: 192
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 5.2" X 4.1"
Weight 80 gm
Fully insured
Fully insured
Shipped to 153 countries
Shipped to 153 countries
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
23 years in business
23 years in business
Book Description


There are three principal languages, Sanskrit, Newari, and Nepali, used in Nepal since the Kingdom's earliest history. The use of Sanskrit in Lichchhavi inscriptions, and choice references to Indian literature, demonstrates the high degree of literacy found among these people. After the 12th century, the common use of Sanskrit diminished in the Valley. However, even today it is considered the refined language of literature and religion.

Maithili, a Sanskrit/Bengali related tongue was popular for sometime in the Malla Courts. It became fashionable for kings to compose plays and write songs in it. Today some 12% of the Nepalese claim Maithili as a mother tongue. These speakers for the most part live in the Terai, in Western Nepal.

Newari, the mother tongue of the Newars, is a Tibeto/Burmese language. Except for lending some of its vocabulary to inscriptions, it doesn't appear as a written language until the 12th century. During the mid-fourteenth century it moved forward as a literary language. Many religious and literary Sanskrit works were translated; many poems and short stories composed. The common language among the people was known as Bhakha or Bhasa (language) to discriminate it from Sanskrit or Maithili. Later when Nepali became the prevalent language, Newari became known as Desa or Nepala-Bhasa, the language of the country. Although Nepali has become the National language, within Kathmandu valley, Newari remains the most widely used language. There are societies dedicated to the preservation of Newari and several daily newspapers are published in it.

Nepali, an Indo/Aryan language closely related to Sanskrit, is the national language of modern Nepal. It is the language of the press, of school text books, of the courts, and the language of radio and television. It is the mother tongue of more than half the nation. Originally it was known as Khas-bhasa, the language of the Khasas. Since the Middle Ages the Khasas have slowly drifted through out Nepal from the Terai. Later it came to be known as Parbhatya, mountain language, to distinguish it from Newari. After the Shah conquest of the Valley, a third appellation for it (one given by European writers) was Gorkhali. This name was familiar in Nepal until the 1920's when Nepali gained prominence. Today the Valley residents will discriminate the talk of the village people from the city dwellers, the latter beings called Parbatiya a language more rustic than the language of the city dwellers.

Nepali first appeared as a written language in 1937 but its use was not frequent until the late 17th century, when occasional Pali inscriptions were issued. It wasn't until the early 18th century that it appeared as a literary language.

Nepalese script is known as Devanagari . It is almost identical with Sanskrit. Eighly-five percent of its vocabulary is the same as Hindi. Very recent efrorts have been made to use Sanskrit roots for the formation of scientific and technical terms. Literary works today as of old, favor the heavy use of Sanskrit.

Back of the Book

This simple guide is valuable for travelers in Nepal. Importance has been given to basic travel essentials such as everyday conversation, lodging, fooding, banking, directions, grammar etc. One will find this Nepali phrasebook a useful key to communication while traveling throughout the Himalayan Kingdom of NEPAL.




Introduction   1
  Language and Writing 1
Nepali Language Notes   5
  Nepali Greetings 5
  Distinctions 5
  Pronunciations 6
How to use   8
Nepali Alphabet   9
  Consonants 9
  Vowels 10
Grammar   11
  Nouns 11
  Demonstratives 11
  Verbs 12
  Present – Simple Indefinite Tense 15
  Past - Simple Past Tense 23
  Neutral Tense 25
  Plural nouns 26
  Prepositions 27
  Conjunction 29
  Subject Pronouns 30
  Personal pronouns 30
  Object Pronouns (Accusative) 32
  Possessive Pronouns 33
  Adjective 34
Other Rules to use   37
  Questions words 37
  Completion verb 46
  Idiomatic use 47
  hunu – chha 55
Greetings/Civilities   63
Time   71
  Calendar 71
  Days 72
  Time 74
  Seasons 76
Food   77
  Fruits 77
  Vegetables 78
  Meat 80
  Cereals & Legumes 81
  Dairy 82
  Bread 82
  Nuts 83
  Herbs/spices 83
  Drinks 85
  Table Articles 86
Health/Hospital   88
People   95
Occupations   96
Relationships   99
On the move   102
  Trekking words/phrases 102
  Shopping 111
  Hotel 123
  Hiring 132
  Bank 134
Household   137
Numbers   139
  Cardinal 139
  Ordinal 147
Colors   148
Weather   149
Plants   150
Body Parts   151
Clothes   154
Quantities   155
Weights & Measures   156
Shapes   158
Size   159
Personal Articles   160
Mental States   161
Animals   164
Birds   166
Insect   167
Nature Words   168
Possibility   170
Availability   172
Police   174
Immigration Office   176
Nationalities   177
Obligations   179
Feeling/Feeling Phrases   185
Possessives   188
Comparison   189
Polite Requests   190
Directions   192

Sample Pages

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. What locations do you deliver to ?
    A. Exotic India delivers orders to all countries having diplomatic relations with India.
  • Q. Do you offer free shipping ?
    A. Exotic India offers free shipping on all orders of value of $30 USD or more.
  • Q. Can I return the book?
    A. All returns must be postmarked within seven (7) days of the delivery date. All returned items must be in new and unused condition, with all original tags and labels attached. To know more please view our return policy
  • Q. Do you offer express shipping ?
    A. Yes, we do have a chargeable express shipping facility available. You can select express shipping while checking out on the website.
  • Q. I accidentally entered wrong delivery address, can I change the address ?
    A. Delivery addresses can only be changed only incase the order has not been shipped yet. Incase of an address change, you can reach us at
  • Q. How do I track my order ?
    A. You can track your orders simply entering your order number through here or through your past orders if you are signed in on the website.
  • Q. How can I cancel an order ?
    A. An order can only be cancelled if it has not been shipped. To cancel an order, kindly reach out to us through
Add a review
Have A Question

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy