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How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Nepali & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Nepali. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. This can be really useful if you’re speaking with someone from Nepal or if you’re travelling there. 

Nepali is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by around 16 million native speakers. It is the official language of Nepal and is spoken by ¼ of the population in Bhutan and in some parts of India. 

All of the words/phrases in this post have been written phonetically to help you with your pronunciation.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Nepali

There are a few different ways to ask ‘how are you?’, depending on the situation. Here are the most common:

In informal situations, such as with friends, use:

How are you?Tee-mee-lai kas-to cha?
How are you?Tee-mee kas-ree ho?

In formal situations, such as with elders or people you don’t know, use:

How are you?Tapai-lai kas-to cha?

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Nepali

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youDhanyabad
I’m doing wellMa-lai san-che cha
I’m fineMa-lai tik choo
I’m goodMa-lai ramro cha
I’m not goodMa-lai ramro chaina
I am tiredMa-lai thakai lagyo
I feel sickMa-lai birami lagyo
I feel sadMa-lai dukha lagyo
I feel happyMa-lai khushee lagyo

Check out the below video to hear the pronunciation of some of these phrases:

It’s also useful to know how to say ‘and you?’ or ‘what about you?’ to find out how someone else is if they ask you.

And you?Tim-ro kay-cha?

Example Conversation:

Person 1: Tapai-lai kas-to cha? (How are you?)

Person 2: Ma-lai ramro cha, dhanyabad. Tim-ro kay-cha? (I’m good, thank you. And you?)

Person 1: Ma-lai ramro cha. (I’m good)

Thanks for reading this post. 

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Nepali and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go wrong with these simple phrases.

If you want to learn to read in Nepali, then start by learning the Nepali alphabet.

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