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Dzongkha phrasebook

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Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello (formal) 
Kuzoozangpo la
Hello (informal) 
Kuzoozangpo
How are you? 
Gadaybay Zhu yi Ga?
I'm fine 
Legshom (Layshom) or Legshom bey rang yoe (full)
What is your name? 
Chhoe gi ming ga chi mo?: What is your name (formal)
Na ge tshen ga chi zhuwu eena?
My name is _____
Nge gi ming _____ in
I am from ____ 
Nga ____ lay in la
Thank you 
Kadrin chhe
See you later (formal) 
Shoo lay log jay gay
See you later (alternate) 
Tama chhay gay
See you tomorrow 
Naba chhay gay
Where 
Gatey
How much 
Gademchi

Problems[edit]

Where is the bathroom?

chhab sang gatey inna la?

We need to go to the hospital.

Nga chey (plural)/ nga (singular) menkhang na jo go bay.

Doctor:

Drung tsho

What is the Problem? 
Choe gi Ka Ngyel ga chi mo?
Where is the Bank? 
Ngyul Khang Ga teey mo?

Numbers[edit]

leykor
chi
nyi
sum
zhi
nga
dru
dhuen
ghay
gu
10 
chutham
11 
chu chi
12 
chu nyi

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

time 
(...)
o'clock 
bazaar
8 o'clock 
bazaar gyed/ chhutsed gyed

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
karma
_____ hour(s) 
chhutsed
_____ day(s) 
Zha/nim
_____ week(s) 
dhuenthra
_____ month(s) 
Daw
_____ year(s) 
Lo

Days[edit]

Monday 
Migmar
Tuesday 
Lhagpa
Wednesday 
Phurba
Thursday 
Pasang
Friday 
Penpa
Saturday 
Nima
Sunday 
Dawa

Months[edit]

January 
indha dangpa
February 
indha nyipa
March 
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 calendar the prefix is rangda, indha is used for the months of the international calendar.

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

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

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Taxi[edit]

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

Taxi 
la khor
Fare 
la
how much 
ga day chi in na la

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

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

Eating[edit]

Meal : Toh /zhay go

Breakfast: dom zer

Lunch: nima ge toh

Dinner: tsho

eating : zhaygo za ni

delicious : zhim bay

bitter  ; khag tay

sweet  : ngam

sour  ; chup

Water  ; chhu

Tea  : ja

Curry  : tshoem

Soup  :thup

Chilli  : ema

Cheese  :datshi

cook(verb)  : toh bey ni

eat  : zhey (formal)/ za (informal)

Dry Chilli : ema kam

Bars[edit]

May I please have _____: Nga lu ______ nang mey la
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 ga tra du
It is mild  
lha si si du

Shopping[edit]

shop : tsongkhang

how much : ga de chi mo?

discount please : gong phab nang mey la

Driving[edit]

Car : Numkhor

Drive : Numkhor tang ni

Licence : Lak Kher

Police  : thrim sung

Road  : Lam

High speed : joba joba/ shuk bay tang

Low speed  : drey gay bay tang

please take caution(driving) : reb drim di tang

Lets go  : jogay

stop  ; numkor kag nang

Risky  : ngyen khag

Love[edit]

I love you: nga gi che lu ga

i miss you: nga choe drem mey

I can't stay without you: nga che me pa me cha bay

I will make you a phone call: nga gi che lu juthen tang gay

Do you miss me: che nga dem mey ga

You're so beautiful: che namay samay jarim dhu

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