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Dzongkha phrasebook

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Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan.

Pronunciation guide



Common diphthongs

Phrase list



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


Clock time

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


duration : dhuetsey


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


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


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


Bus and train



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

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



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


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


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


shop : tsongkhang

how much : ga de chi mo?

discount please : gong phab nang


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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