Top 100 basic Tibetan Phrases to know while in Tibet

Some basic Tibetan Phrases can light up your vacation in Tibet. We understand Learning a new language isn’t an easy task.  When this new language is Tibet, the difficulty of the task would transform into impossible. however hard it might be, it would be nice for every traveler to memorize a handful of Tibetan word before venturing to Tibet.

For you, we gathered 100 of the most basic Tibetan phrases that are sure to make your life easier while traveling to Tibet.

Basic Tibetan Phrases

Basic Tibetan Phrases for greetings

Basic Tibet greetings are the most important of phrases visitor will want to learn before journeying to the Land of Spirituality. Speaking of Spirituality most Tibetan phrases has the direct connection in Tibetan Buddhism which is a core to Tibetan culture and tradition. Those who can say these words are almost guaranteed to receive blessing, smile in return and some a warm welcome to their homes for a tea. The small effort it takes from visitor to learn basic greeting will create a deep impact on the locals Tibetan. Here are some of the most basic phrases worth remembering.

  • Hello = Tashi Delek (བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལགས།།) Or Kham-Sang (ཁམས་བཟང།།)
  • How are you? =kayrang kusu debo-yimbay? (ཁྱེད་རང་སྐུ་གཇུགས་བདེ་པོ་ཡིན་པས།)
  • I’m fine = Nga debo yin (ང་བདེ་པོ་ཡིན)
  • I’m not well = Nga debo Min dung? (ང་བདེ་པོ་མིན་འདུག།།)
  • I come from (America) =Nga Ari nay yin(ང་ཨ་རེ་ནས་ཡིན།)
  • What country are you from? = kayrang kanay yin nam?་(ཁྱེད་རང་ག་ནས་ཡིམ།)
  • Thank you =thuk-je-che་(ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ་།)་
  • Sorry = gong-da (དགོང་དག་།)
  • No problem = Gye nang-Kyi Mare (གལ་གནང་གི་མ་རེད་)
  • Goodbye = Shug Dan ja (when another person is staying),  kha-lay-pheb-A (when another person is going
  • Can you speak English? = khye-rang yin-ji-kay gyab thub gi yo pe?
  • What is your name? =Khedrand ming Gangyin?
  • My name is __ =Ngai ming ___ yin.

Basic Tibetan Words for Questions.

Talking to a Local Tibetan could be confusing. especially talking to waiters and the shop owners. Yet there is an increasing number of local learning English as a third language. Regardless the nature of the conversation, it would be nice to know few questions words to clarify everything.

If you put a (pe) after the sentence it would become questions. here.  are few question, we think would be helpful for you

  • Where? = Ga-Pa (ག་པར་)
  • What? = Ga-rey (ག་རེ་)
  • When? = Ga-Due (ག་དུས་)
  • How? = Gang-Day (གང་འདྲ་)
  • Why? =  Ga-rey Jey-ney (ག་རེ་བྱས་ནས།

Basic Tibet Phrases

Basic Tibetan phrases for addressing people

The way of addressing People in Tibet is very important. People are addressed in Tibet base on lots of things like ages, social rank, and the Social institution they belong too.  Address someone using inappropriate term could be considered disrespectful. For the instant, Addressing someone in the religious community with the title that is used to address some casually can be considered offensive. here are some basic titles worth remembering.

Actually word La (ལགས་)་ has to be generally put after the title and names to show a respect.

  • Monk : Kushow la
  • Nun: Ani-La
  • I  = Nga
  • You = Kye-rang ( unrespectful), Kye-nang (respectful)
  • He/She = Kong ( respectful)
  • They = Kong Tso ( respectful)
  • Female (junior) = Bhomo La (meaning girl)
  • Female (senior) = Acha La ( meaning sister)
  • Male (junior)= Bhu-la ( meaning Boy)
  • Male (senior)= Jolak (meaning brother)
  • Some body in Authority = Genla (Meaning Honorable person)

Basic Tibetan phrases for directions (taxis, buses, airport, etc.)

From the bustling ancient street of Barkhor to the wilderness of Mount Everest base camp, visitors are going to handful of words to asking for direction. Here, some helpful phrases to get you from point A to B.

  • Nearby = Dram-La  or
  • Speak slowly = Key-Cha Gale Shoe
  • Go straight = Kar thu Phep
  • Go left = Yea la Phep
  • Go right = Yon la Phep
  • Stop = Ka kak
  • Go to the airport = Nam-Thang la Phep
  • Station = Bab-suk
  • Bus stop = Che-choe Lang-khor Bab-Suk
  • Bus = Che-choe Lang-khor
  • Airplane = Nam-Dru
  • Minibus = Lang-khor Chung wa
  • Car = Mota
  • Bicycle = Kang-Khor
  • Motorcycle = Bak bak
  • Tricycle= Khor-Sum
  • Boat = Dru

Basic Tibetan phrases for shopping

Your vacation in Tibet would be incomplete without buying souvenirs back home. Tibet is home to an abundance of souvenirs worth stowing away in your luggage for a long flight back home. From the traditional stalls of the Bakhor Supermall to handicraft galleries. Knowing a few words related to shopping will prove to be more than a little helpful.  Bartering is a must at stalls and vendors. SOmw Tibetan word will a visitor to get a better price. Here are some of the most useful words to keep in your back pocket until arriving the roof of the World.

  • How much? = Ga-Tsoe Re
  • Very expensive = Gong Chen-Po
  • Can you reduce the price? = Gong Chak dang
  • I want this one = Nga-la Di-Go

Basic Tibetan numbers

Here is a handful of number for you to learn. Knowing some numbers will give a chance in getting a price on things. Also able to speak to the merchant in foreign sounding Tibetan will not only help you in getting the desired price, also you will be able to make some joy in shopping.

  • 1 = Cheek
  • 2 = Nyee
  • 3 = Soom
  • 4 = Zhee
  • 5 = Nga
  • 6 = Drook
  • 7 = Dün
  • 8 = Gyay
  • 9 = G00
  • 10 =Choo
  • 11= Choo Cheek
  • 12= Choo Nyee
  • 20 = Nyee-Choo
  • 21 = Nyee-Choo Tsa Chik
  • 22 =Nyee-Choo Tsa Nye
  • 30 = Soom Choo
  • 40 = Shi Choo
  • 50 = Nga Choo
  • 60 = Drook Choo
  • 70 =Dün Choo
  • 80 = Gyay Choo sip
  • 90 = Goo Choo
  • 100 = Gya
  • 500 = Nga Gya rooi
  • 1,000 = Chik Thong
  • 2,000 = Nyee thong

Basic Tibetan phrases for restaurants or cafes

The restaurant and Cafes are another places every traveler would want to go by their own self without the tour Guide. Whether you trying a butterlicious Tibetan Yak Butter Tea or Yak Steak. Knowing some word in for while dining is a must. From tent Hostel at the Mount Everest base camp to the eateries at the foot of Mount Kailash, Check out the most helpful phrases to utilize while eating in Tibet.

  • Restaurant = Sa-Kang
  • Café = Ja-Kang
  • Excuse me = Gong-pa Ma-sum
  • Bathroom = Sang Choe
  • What is this? = De Garey Rye
  • Hungry = Tok
  • May I have the menu = Tsel-Dep Nang Rok Nang
  • Vegetarian = Sha Mye
  • Water = Cu
  • Beer = Bi-Cu
  • Chicken = Ja Sha
  • Rice = Drey
  • Cold = Drang-mo
  • Hot = Tsa-po
  • No ice = Chakpa Ma-look
  • No sugar = Cheeni Ma-Look
  • 1 more please = Yang Kyar Chik
  • I like spicy = Nga Mena la Ga
  • Not spicy = Mena Myen

Basic Tibetan phrases for an emergency

Tibet is a relatively very safe place to travel to. If you are travel outside the Lhasa city you will have the guide and drive with you all the time. Yet, we never know when will the emergency situation arise. In case if one does, here are some Tibetan Phrases that will help you in an emergency.

  • Hurts = Na-Kyi
  • Where is the police station? = Che-dey chu Garpa yo rephe
  • Where is the hospital? = Nem-Khang Garpa yo rephe
  • Call an ambulance = Cheek- Nyee-Lekor La Kapar tang.
  • I’m lost = Nga lak Sung
  • Can you help = Chak Rok Nang Dang

Tibetan phrases for a night out

Tibet is home to some pretty epic nightlife. From Traditional Nangma to Modern KTV, you are going to want to enjoy a drink (or two) and experience all the region has to offer after the sun goes down. Here are some fun phrases that will come in handy on a night out.

  • Single = Cheek po
  • Would you like a drink = Nga Thung Kyi Yin
  • I’m drunk = Nga Zee Duk
  • Cheers = Shaptak

We really hope these Basic Tibetan Phrases would be of Great help and Let us know if you would like us to add any additional phrase.

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