When traveling to a new place, it is always great to have an arsenal of knowledge of what to expect. But once you reach there, what becomes even more important is how to communicate. So if you are planning to travel to Bhutan soon, we got you covered.
The basic languages spoken there are English, Nepali and Dzonkha (which is the official language there). However, it is safe to assume that almost 80% of the people there understand and speak a bit of Hindi too. So you should breathe easy on that front of basic communication
Now next are a few colloquial terms that you should know and even try to speak when in town. Being a country proud of its culture and heritage, speaking few phrases here and there will have the locals really appreciate it. Here is a quick glossary just for you:
Greetings/ Hello – Kuzungpo la
This is the general greeting which is accompanied by a slight bowing of the head as a gesture of greeting. Men do also shake hands, but men and women – not so much. We suggest you avoid, except with guides or personally acquainted locals you meet.
How are you? – Gaday bay ye zhui?
I am fine - Legshom
Thank you - Kadrin Cheyla
No Thank you – Me zhu
Please eat or drink – zhey
This is very tasty – zhimbay
What is its price? – Ani gadem chi mo?
Can you direct me to the toilet? – Chhabsa gatey mo?
Bye - Log jaygay
Good luck/ You are welcome – Tashi Delek
I love Bhutan – Nga Druk gai
This is just the tip of the iceberg, but if you are interested, do interact with your local guide to teach you more terms and phrases that you will need and enjoy during your vacation there. Till next time, Tashi Delek.