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  1. #21
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    A phrase I used to know but have forgotten is "No need" - "Hoina _____" but I've forgotten the second word. I use it constantly in Thamel with the street traders as it wrong foots them and they go off and look for another victim.
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    Great thread!

    It is especially helpful then the words are spelled out phonetically to give the best chance of correct pronunciation.

    Thanks for starting the topic Oli, what a informative and thoughtful bunch of folks you have here.

    Truck

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    This is a great thread, thanks Oli for starting it. Any chance of turning it into a sticky to cut down on the search time?

    Mark

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    Hi all

    I hope it is OK to post this sort of message here: I'm selling my only copy of the excellent book and 2 CD course Teach Yourself Nepali right now through ebay because it is too hard for me and I haven't enough time to study it.

    I have set it for free postage in Australia and a ridiculous price ($A15) because I want somebody who wants it to get it rather than just give it to the library. Ends on 31 March.

    Author(s) Abhi Subedi, Michael Hutt
    Publisher Hodder Education
    Date of Publication 28/05/2010
    Language English
    Format CD-Audio
    ISBN-10 1444101986
    ISBN-13 9781444101980
    Subject Language Learning: Self Study
    Series Title Teach Yourself Complete Courses

    If somebody overseas wants it and is willing to pay postage then I will get it to you.

    Details here: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....STRK:MESELX:IT

    cheers

    Taghairm

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    Hi again

    And while I'm here enjoying Nepal at one remove, here's a link to 300 Nepali phrases that I have built up over 10 trips that people tell me is useful - prints out on one double-sided A4 page. Apologies for the funny spelling in some places, this is an amateur effort.

    And thanks for this thread, really fun!

    http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.in...rasebook04.pdf

    Taghairm

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    Taghairm

    If you didn't manage to sell the language course on ebay, I will buy it from you. Currently in Nepal but will return to OZ in mid April. Let me know either way.

    Thanks
    Mark

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    Sorry, that language course was sold yesterday. You can get it on amazon and other places. Lucky you being in Nepal in this weather!

    cheers

    Taghairm

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    My first post These are all from memory - please correct me if I'm wrong

    Some animal names:

    dog - kukur
    cat - biraalo 'biri' - kitty
    horse - goda
    fish - maccha
    goat - bakra
    sheep - beda
    pig - sungur
    cow - gai 'guy'
    bull/ox - goru
    buffalo - byesee(baisee)
    chicken - kukura
    duck/goose - haas
    bird - chara
    pigeon - parewa
    crow - kag
    parrot - suga, pattu
    insect - kira
    cockroach - sanglo
    ant - komila
    mosquito - laamkhutte
    butterfly - putali
    bee - mahuri
    bedbug - udus
    leech - bicchi

    Weather:

    sun - gham
    rain - paani
    downpour - thulo paani
    drizzle - simsim paani (there are a few dohori songs about this)
    hot - garmi (to describe weather) taato (to describe food etc.)
    cold - jaado(weather), chiso('chiso paani' are the first 2 words I learned in Nepali)
    wind - hawa
    nice breeze - mitho hawa

    In my experience the words 'buda' and 'budi' ('old man' and 'old lady') are often used in conversation for 'husband' and 'wife' - sometimes 'srimaan' and 'srimati'.
    Last edited by rangi-changi; 13th April 2011 at 06:50 AM.

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    Book - Keetab
    Money - Paisa
    Food- Khana
    Bread - Pauroti
    Water - Paani
    Shoe - Jootta
    watch ( as in time) - ghadi
    See you - Pheri vetaula
    Tea- Chiya
    Rice - Bhaat
    Lentils- Daal
    Vegetable - Tarkari
    Buff Meat - Buff ko Masu
    Chicken Meat - Kukhura ko Masu
    I don't know - Malai Thaka Chhaina
    I am hungry - Malai Bhok Lagyo
    Angry - Rees
    Hurt - Ghaite
    Yes - Huncha, Hus
    No - Hundaina, Nai
    Wait - Pakha
    Lets go - Jaun


    I will add more...

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