Useful phrases in Newar (Nepal Bhasa)

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Nepal Bhasa (नेपाल भाषा, Nēpāl bhāṣā, also known as Newāh Bhāy) is one of the major languages of Nepal. It was Nepal’s administrative and day-to-day language from the 14th to the late 18th centuries. Nepal Bhasa is spoken today as a mother tongue by the Newars, the indigenous inhabitants of Nepal Mandala, which consists of the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding regions. Here are some useful phrases in Newar (Nepal Bhasa).

English नेपाल भाषा‎ (Newar)
Welcome लसकुस (lasakūsa)
Hello (General greeting) ज्वजलपा (jvajalapā)
तारेमाम (tāremāma)
भवान सरन (bhavāna sarana)
स्याउदाइ (syāudāi – in Dolakha)
How are you? म्हं फु ला?
(mhaṅ phu lā – Are you feeling well?)
Reply to ‘How are you?’ जितः ला म्हं फु, छन्तः ले?
(jitaḥ lā mhaṅ phu, chantaḥ le?)
Long time no see गुल्लि दत मखंगु । (gulli data makhaṅgu)
What’s your name? छङ्गू नां छु ? (chaṅgū nāṅ chu?)
छिगू नां छु ? (chigū nāṅ chu? – frm)
My name is … जिगू नां … खः।
(jigū nāṅ … khaḥ)
Where are you from? छ गनं खः? (cha ganaṅ khah?)
छ गन च्वंम्ह ? (cha gana cvaṅmha?)
छङ्गू छेँ गन ? (chaṅgūcheṁ gana?)
I’m from … जि … नं खः। (ji … naṅ khah)
जि ….च्वंम्ह । (ji … cvaṅmha)
जिगू छेँ … । (jigū cheṁ …)
Pleased to meet you छन्तः (chantaḥ)
छितः (chitaḥ – frm)
नापलानाः लय्‌ताः । (nāpalānāḥ laytāḥ)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
ख्वाः सिले धुन ला ? (khvāḥ sile dhuna lā?)
सनां यानादीधुन ला ? (sanāṅ yānādīdhuna lā – frm
– Have you washed your face?)
च्या त्वने धुन ला ? (cyā tvane dhuna lā?)
च्या भपी धुनला ? (cyā bhapī dhunalā – frm
– Have you had your tea?)
Good day छं दिं बांलायेमा । (chaṅ diṅ bāṅlāyemā)
Good night भिं चा (bhiṅ cā)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
का बाय् (kā bāy)
वने न्हि (vane nhi)
Good luck! भिनेमा (bhinemā)
सुथां लायेमा (suthāṅ lāyemā)
पूवनेमा (pūvanemā)
Have a nice day दिं बां लायेमा।
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
प्वाः जायेक न (pvāḥ jāyeka na)
– Eat until you are full
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
बांलाक्क हुँ (bāṅlākka huṁ
– Go well
बांलाक्क वनां वा (bāṅlākka vanāṅ vā
– Go and return well
I don’t know जिं मस्यू । (jiṅ masyū)
I understand जिं थू । (jiṅ thū)
I don’t understand जिं मथुल । (jiṅ mathula)
Please speak more slowly भतिचा बुलुहुँ न्वंवानादिसँ ।
(bhaticā buluhuṁ nvaṅvānādasaṁ)
Please say that again हाकनं धयादिसँ ले ।
(hākanaṅ dhyādisaṁ le)
Please write it down एक्क च्वयादिसँ ले ।
(yakka cvayādisaṁ le)
Do you speak English? छं इङ्लिस सः ला?
(chaṅ iṅlisa saḥ lā?)
Do you speak Newar? छं नेवाः खँ सः ला ? (chaṅ nevaḥ khaṁ saḥ lā?)
छं नेवाः भाय् सः ला? (chaṅ nevaḥ bhāy saḥ lā?)
Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
सः, भतिचा ।
(saḥ, bhaticā)
Speak to me in Newar छं नेवाः खँ सः ला ? (chaṅ nevaḥ khaṁ saḥ lā?)
छं नेवाः भाय् सः ला? (chaṅ nevaḥ bhāy saḥ lā?)
How do you say … in Newar? जि नापं नेवाः भासं खँ ल्हा ले ।
(ji nāpaṅ nevāḥ bhāsaṅ khaṁ lhā le)
Excuse me से सा (se sā)
ब्ये (bye)
छकः वने ला (chakaḥ vane lā)
How much is this? थुकेया गुलि? (thukeyā guli?)
Sorry छ्यमा । (chya mā)
Please बिन्ति (binti)
क्रिप्या (kripyā)
Thank you सुभाय् (subhay)
Where’s the toilet / bathroom? खिखांमुगः गन दु?
(khikhāṅsugaḥ gana du?)
This gentleman will pay for everything वं ध्यबा पुली ध्यबा पुलादी
(vaṅ dhyabā pulī dhyabā pulādī)
This lady will pay for everything वं ध्यबा वयेकलं ध्यबा पुलादी
(vaṅ dhyabā vayekalaṅ dhyabā pulādī)
Would you like to dance with me? जि नापं प्याखं हुलेगु (ji nāpaṅ pyākhaṅ hulegu?)
ल्हुइगु खः ला? (lhuigu khaḥ lā?)
I miss you छ लुमंसे वयाच्वन ।
(cha lumaṅse vayācvana)
I love you जितः छ नापं मतिना दु । (jitaḥ cha nāpuṅ matinā du)
जितः छ यः । (jitaḥ cha yaḥ)
Get well soon याकनं लनेमा (yākanaṅ lanemā)
याकनं बःलायेमा (yākanaṅ baḥlāyemā)
याकनं भिनेमा (yākanaṅ bhinemā)
याकनं धिसिमिसि लायेमा (yākanaṅ dhisimisi lāyemā)
Go away! हुँ छ । (huṁ cha!)
Leave me alone! जितः याकःचा त्वःताब्यु ।
(hitaḥ yākaḥcā tvaḥtābyu!)
Help! ग्वहालि! (gvahāli!)
Fire! मिँ! (miṁ!)
Stop! आसे! (āse!)
Call the police! पुलिस सःति ! (pulasa saḥti!)
New Year greetings न्हू दँया भिंतुना (nhū daṁyā bhiṅtunā)
Birthday greetings बुदिंया भिंतुना (budiṅyā bhiṅtunā)
जन्मदिंया भिंतुना (janmadiṅyā bhiṅtunā)
One language is never enough छता भाय् गुबलें मगाः
(chatā bhāy guvaleṅ magā)
छता भासं गाइमखु ।
(chatā bhāsaṅ gāimakhu)

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