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Dzongkha phrasebook

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Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan.

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Problems

Hello. 
Kuzu zangpo ( ) ; Hello. (informal) : . ( Kuzu ) ; How are you? : ? ('Choe Ga Dhay Bay yoe?' ?) ; Fine, thank you. : . ('Lek shom Bay yoe' ) ; What is your name? : ? ('Choe Gi Ming Ga Chi Mo?' ?) ; My name is ______ . : ______ . (Nge Gi Ming _____ .) ; Nice to meet you. : . (Choe Chegk Dhi Sem Gai ) ; Please. : . (Deh bay zeth ma da );this is wrong!!! ; Thank you. : ka drin che ( ) ; You're welcome. : . (de bey ma sung )//only applies when someone says thank you.it actually means"do not mention" or like someone says "no mention, please" ; Yes. : . (In ) ; No. : . (Men ) ; Excuse me. (getting attention) : . ( gom ma thay) ; Excuse me. (begging pardon) : . ( gom may thay) ; I'm sorry. : . (gom ma thay ) ; Goodbye : . (Log Dhi Jay gey ) ; Goodbye (informal) : . (log di jay gey ) ; I can't speak name of language [well]. : [Nga ...... lek shim bay mey shey ]. ( [ ]) ; Do you speak English? : ? ('Choe Gi In Ked Shey Ga?' ?) ; Is there someone here who speaks English? :Na Lu In Ked Shey mi yoe Ya? ( ?) ; Help! : ! (Charo Bey nang !) ; Look out! : ! (wai !) ; Good morning. : . (kuzu zangpo ) ; Good evening. : . (kuzu zangpo ) ; Good night. : . ( chiru delek) ; Good night (to sleep) : . (lek shom ay zim ) ; I don't understand. : . (may shey ) ; Where is the toilet? : ? ( chabsang ga tey yeth ga)

Numbers

1 ; chi 2 ; nyi 3 ; sum 4 ; zhi 5 ;nga 6 ;dru 7 ;duen 8 ; gay 9 ; gu 10 ; chu tham 11 ; chu chi 12 ; chu nyi

Time

Clock time

chu tsoed=time o'clock: bazaar 8 o clock: bazaar gyed

Duration

duration : dhuetsey

Days

Monday- Migmar Tuesday- Lhagpa Wednesday- Phurbu Thursday-Pasang Friday- Pemba Saturday- Nima Sunday- Dawa

Months

january- indha dangpa feb- indha nyipa mar-indha sumpa, indha zhipa, indha ngapa, indha drukpa, indha duenpa, indha gyepa, indha gupa and indha chunyepa for December

note: for the months of lunar claender the prefix is rangda, indha is used for the months of international calender

Writing time and date

Colors

Green- Changkha Red- Marp White- Karp Blue- Hoem Black- Naap Yellow- Serp Orange- Leewang


Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Identified by the yellow top(hood) and BT registration affixed before the number.

Taxi : la khor Fare : la how much : ga day chi mo

Lodging

Money

How much is this/it ? Ngultrum ga they chi mo

Eating

Meal : Toh /zhay go

eating : shay go za ni

delicious : zhim bay

bitter  ; khag ta

sweet  : ngam

sour  ; chup

Water  ; chu

Tea  : ja

Curry  : tsoem

Soup  :thup

Chilly  : ema

Cheese  :datsi

cook  : toh bey ni

eat  : zhey

Bars

Alcoholic Beverage : Changg

Bar  : Changkhang

Tip  : soera

Whats the bill  : Ga de chi mo

I am drunk  : changg dang so ye

Water  : chu

Local Drink  : Ara

It is strong(spirit) : ah ni gag tra du

It is mild  : lha si si du

Shopping

shop : tsongkhang

how much : ga de chi mo?

discount please : gong phab nang

Driving

Car : Numkhor

Drive : Numkhor tang ni

Licence : Lak Kher

Police  : thrim sung

Road  : Lam

High speed : joba joba shuk bay tang

Low speed  : drogay bay tang

please take caution(driving) : reb drim di tang

Lets go  : jogay

stop  ; numkor kag nang

Risky  : ngyen khag

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