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Useful phrases in Dzongkha

A collection of useful phrases in Dzongkha (རྫོང་ཁ), a South Tibetic language spoken in Bhutan.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase རྫོང་ཁ (Dzongkha)
Welcome Chamba lekso
Hello (General greeting) སྐུ་གཟུགས་བཟང་པོ་ལགས།
(Kuzu zangpo la) - frm
(Kuzu zangpo) - inf
Hello (on phone)
How are you? ཁྱོད་ག་དེ་སྦེ་ཡོད།
(Gaday bay zhui?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Legshom
Legshom bay rang yoey
Long time no see
What's your name? ཁྱོད་ཀྱི་མིང་ག་ཅི་སྨོ།
(Choe gi ming ga chi mo?)
My name is ... ངེད་ཀྱི་མིང་...ཨིན།
(Nge gi ming ... in)
Where are you from? ཁྱོད་ག་ཏེ་སླི་སྨོ་།
(Choe gatey ley mo?)
I'm from ... ང་ ... སླི་ཨིན།
(Nga ... ley in)
Pleased to meet you ང་ཁྱོད་དང་མཇལ་དེ་སེམས་དགའ་ཨི་།
(Nga choe da je di sem ga yi)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Chubo dele
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Nima dele
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Churu dele
Good night Simcha dele
(Parting phrases)
Log jay gay (We'll meet again)
Shu lay log jay gae (See you later)
Tama che gae (See you later)
Naba che gae (See you tomorrow)
Good luck! Tashi delek!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Inn
No Men
I don't know
I understand
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Dzongkha?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Dzongkha
How do you say ... in Dzongkha?
Excuse me Atsi zur nang
How much is this? Gadem chi mo?
Ga day chi mo?
Teru ga they chi mo?
Sorry Tsip maza
Gom mathrae
Thank you Kadrin chhe la
Namey samey kadrin chhe la
Reply to thank you Jembalaekso
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Chhabsa gathey mo?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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