In Tibet, most people can't speak English but sometimes you may need to strike up a simple conversation with the locals such as a decent greeting during your trip. Learning some simple Tibetan words before your arrival will enable you to become more confident, closer to the Tibetan people, and have a deeper understanding of the local culture. Here are some simple but practical Tibetan phrases:

English

Tibetan Pronunciation

Hello Tashi Delek/ Kham-Sang
Thank you thuk-je-che

Good morning

Shokpa delek

Good day

Nyinmo delek

Good evening

Gongmo delek

Excuse me

Gong-pa Ma-sum

Sorry

gong-da

How much

Ga-Tsoe Re

Goodbye

(when another person is staying)

Shug Dan ja

Goodbye

(when another person is going)

kha-lay-pheb-A

Where

Ga-Pa

When

Ga-Due

What

Ga-rey

How

Gang-Day

Why

Ga-rey Jey-ney

Restaurant

Sa-Kang

Café

Ja-Kang

Where is the hospital

Nem-Khang Garpa yo rephe

Call an ambulance

Cheek- Nyee-Lekor La Kapar tang

Can you help

Chak Rok Nang Dang

I

Nga

She/he

Kong

You

Kye-nang

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