Nepali Vocabulary

The Nepali vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: एक  [ēka] Audio Two: दुई  [du'ī] Audio
Three: तीन  [tīna] Audio Four: चार   [cāra] Audio
Five: पाँच  [pām̐ca] Audio Six:   [cha] Audio
Seven: सात  [sāta] Audio Eight: आठ  [āṭha] Audio
Nine: नौ  [nau] Audio Ten: दस  [dasa] Audio
First: प्रथम  [prathama] Audio Second: दोश्रो   [dōśrō] Audio

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: सोमबार  [sōmabāra] Audio Tuesday: मंगलबार  [maṅgalabāra] Audio
Wednesday: बुधबार  [budhabāra] Audio Thursday: बिहीबार  [bihībāra] Audio
Friday: शुक्रबार  [śukrabāra] Audio Saturday: शनीबार  [śanībāra] Audio
Sunday: आइतबार  [ā'itabāra] Audio Now: अहिले  [ahilē] Audio
Yesterday: हिजो   [hijō] Audio Today: आज  [āja] Audio
Tonight: आजराती  [ājarātī] Audio Tomorrow: भोली  [bhōlī] Audio

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: फलफुल  [phalaphula] Audio Apples: स्याउ  [syā'u] Audio
Bananas: केरा  [kērā] Audio Tomatoes: गोलभेडा   [gōlabhēḍā] Audio
Potatoes: आलु  [ālu] Audio Onions: प्याज  [pyāja] Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: रातो  [rātō] Audio Green: हरियो  [hariyō] Audio
Blue: निलो  [nilō] Audio White: सेतो  [sētō] Audio
Black: कालो  [kālō] Audio Grey: फूस्रो  [phūsrō] Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: बिहानको खाजा  [bihānakō khājā] Audio Lunch: दिउँसको खाना  [di'um̐sakō khānā] Audio
Dinner: रातीको खाना  [rātīkō khānā] Audio Milk: दुध   [dudha] Audio
Coffee: कफी   [kaphī] Audio Bread: रोटी  [rōṭī] Audio

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: घमाइलो  [ghamā'ilō] Audio Windy: हावा चलेको  [hāvā calēkō] Audio
Rainy: पानी परिरहेको  [pānī parirahēkō] Audio Snowy: हिउँ परिरहेको  [hi'um̐ parirahēkō] Audio
Cold: जाडो  [jāḍō] Audio Hot: तातो  [tātō] Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: केटा  [kēṭā] Audio Girl: केटी  [kēṭī] Audio
Son: छोरा  [chōrā] Audio Daughter: छोरी  [chōrī] Audio
Brother: दाजु  [dāju] Audio Sister: बहिनी  [bahinī] Audio
Man: पुरुष  [puruṣa] Audio Woman: महिला  [mahilā] Audio
Father: बुवा  [buvā] Audio Mother: आमा  [āmā] Audio
Grandfather: हजुर बुवा  [hajura buvā] Audio Grandmother: हजुर मुमा  [hajura mumā] Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: घर  [ghara] Audio Toilet: चर्पी  [carpī] Audio
Room: कोठा  [kōṭhā] Audio Bedroom: शयन कक्ष  [śayana kakṣa] Audio
Kitchen: भान्साकोठा  [bhānsākōṭhā] Audio Table: टेबल  [ṭēbala] Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: बिरालो  [birālō] Audio Dog: कुकुर  [kukura] Audio
Mouse: मुसा  [musā] Audio Bird: चरा  [carā] Audio
Cow: गाई  [gā'ī] Audio Horse: घोडा  [ghōḍā] Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: मोजा  [mōjā] Audio Shoes: जुत्ता  [juttā] Audio
Trousers: पाइन्ट  [pā'inṭa] Audio Shirt: सर्ट  [sarṭa] Audio
Sweater: स्वेटर   [svēṭara] Audio Coat: कोट  [kōṭa] Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: अँग्रेजी  [am̐grējī] Audio French: फ्रान्सेली  [phrānsēlī] Audio
German: जर्मन  [jarmana] Audio Spanish: स्पेनीस  [spēnīsa] Audio
Italian: इटालीयन  [iṭālīyana] Audio Portuguese: पोर्तुगिज   [pōrtugija] Audio
Greek: ग्रीक  [grīka] Audio Russian: रसियन  [rasiyana] Audio
Arabic: अरबी  [arabī] Audio Hindi: हिन्दी  [hindī] Audio
Chinese: चिनीयाँ  [cinīyām̐] Audio Japanese: जापानीज  [jāpānīja] Audio


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Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: ट्याक्सी   [ṭyāksī] Audio Bus: बस   [basa] Audio
Hotel: होटल   [hōṭala] Audio Reservation: आरक्षण   [ārakṣaṇa] Audio
Airport: विमानस्थलमा   [vimānasthalamā] Audio Passport: राहदानी   [rāhadānī] Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: विद्यार्थी  [vidyārthī] Audio Teacher: शिक्षक  [śikṣaka] Audio
Pen: कलम  [kalama] Audio Books: पुस्तकहरु   [pustakaharu] Audio
Page: पृष्ठ  [pr̥ṣṭha] Audio Dictionary: शब्दकोश  [śabdakōśa] Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: हात  [hāta] Audio Feet: पैताला   [paitālā] Audio
Hair: कपाल  [kapāla] Audio Eye: आँखा  [ām̐khā] Audio
Mouth: मुख  [mukha] Audio Nose: नाक  [nāka] Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: एम्बुलेन्स   [ēmbulēnsa] Audio Doctor: चिकित्सक  [cikitsaka] Audio
Hospital: अस्पताल   [aspatāla] Audio Pharmacy: औषधी पसल  [auṣadhī pasala] Audio
Police: पुलिस   [pulisa] Audio Stomach Ache: पेट दुख्ने   [pēṭa dukhnē] Audio

As you can see, this Nepali vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.