Devanagari: Nasal Consonants and Vowel Nasalization

Nasal sounds use the nasal cavities in addition to the mouth and/or throat as a resonating cavity. If you sense into those parts of your skull while saying those sounds, you will realise this yourself. The Nasal Consonants are part of the 5 x 5 Matrix of the Consonants of Devanagari: ङ – n*a (guttural Nasal – produced in the throat); don’t confuse the letter ...

Nepali Phrase: Who are you taking me for?

तले मलार्इ के थान्छस ? [tale malaaii ke thaanchas?] Who are you taking me for? त [ta] – you (lowest level of formality) मलार्इ – to me के – what थान्छस – (you) falsely assume We have the -ले particle again in this sentence. This has to do with the transitivity of the Nepali verb थान्नु [thaannu] – to falsely perceive / assume something, to ...

Nepali Travelling Phrases – Local style Dal Bhaat

This most likely will happen if you travel with a local bus across the country, or during your brief experimental period on your trek 😉 One serving (for one person) – Ek khaanaa How much is one serving? – Ek Khaanaa kati parcha? It’s xxx Rupees. – Xxx rupaya parcha Is this water boiled? – Tyo umaaleko paani ho? Yes / No – Ho / ...

Nepali travelling phrases – In the Hotel

In the tourist hotspots you usually will get around dealing with Hotel staff in English. But I always think that even if you can, it is a nice thing to try to at least communicate in Nepali. You might just get a smile out of your receptionist. And you never know if in the end in some lonely village on your trek, you end up ...

The “last” consonants in the Nepali Devanagari script

य र ल व – ya ra la wa श ष स ह – sha Sha sa ha These consonants appear at the end of the Devanagari order after the labial Consonants (which are part of the 5 x 5 consonant matrix that are ordered by the place of sound production). Please follow and like us: ...

Differences and similarities between Nepali and Hindi

I do speak both languages to a certain degree. My Nepali is definitely better in fluency, vocabulary, grammar application, but my Hindi grammar knowledge is more substantial. Furthermore I have studied the historical language development of Nepali and the Old Indian languages Sanskrit and Vedic (which is the oldest version of the Indian languages). Common origins Both Nepali and Hindi obviously orginate from a common ...

Nepali Dialogue – नमस्ते दिदी

In this second video from 4 years ago, I do and explain a brief dialogue. Here is the dialogue: हान्ना: नमस्ते भालु, तिमीलार्इ कस्तो छ? [haannaa: namaste bhaalu, timiilaaii kasto cha?] भालु: नमस्ते दिदी, मलार्इ ठिक छ । तपार्इलार्इ कस्तो छ त? [bhaalu: namaste didii, malaaii Thik cha. tapaaiilaaii kasto cha ta?] हान्ना: आ भालु भार्इ, मलार्इ त एकदमै राम्रो छ । तिमी कता लाग्ने ...