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Lesson 3 : Questions while Travelling
March 10, 2007 10:14 PM PST
A tourist in Bhutan would like to know where a particular road leads to and curious to know how far is a particular place?
These are common phrases or questions which can be learnt and used while learning Dzongkha.
The Dzongkha phrase for “Where does this road lead to?” is “Lam Di Gathey Jo Ni Mo?”
This phrase consists of words for
Road = “Lam”;
“Gathey Jo Ni Mo” would mean “Where to ?” , this phrase can be used pointing to a road and asking “where is this road leading to?” this same phrase can also be used to ask a person where he or she is going .
Another questions which is typical while one is travelling is “How far from here?” or “How much distance from here?”
The Dzongkha phrase for this is “Dikhar Lay Tharee Gademchi Mo ?” this translates to “How much is the distance from here?”
The new words in this question are
The interrogative particle “Mo” makes it a question.
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Happy Learning and Tashi Delek!Lesson 2: Introduction
February 28, 2007 07:53 PM PST
The second lesson in conversational Dzongkha ,the national language of Bhutan is about introduction.
As a tourist or a language learner one would be keen to know the name of the person, whom one is talking to and then would also be keen to introduce oneself.
The phrase to ask "What is your name?" is "Choey gi Ming ga chi mo ? "
Dzongkha has a separate vocabulary of honorific words, that is words to be used for elders or to denote respect and the royalty.
So the phrase to ask "What is your name?" "Choey gi Ming ga chi mo?" is for peers and younger ones, the same question of "What is your name?" for an elderly person would be "Na gi Chen ga chi mo?"
The word "Choey" meaning you is replaced with "Na" which is the honorific word for "You". Similarly "Ming" which is the word for "Name" is replaced with "Chen" which is its honorific word.
Self introduction like "My name is Shankar" or "I am Shankar" is translated into Dzongkha as "Ngayi Ming Shankar een."
The Dzongkha word for "I" that is "Nga" has a distinct nasal sound and is clearly different from "Na" which is the honorific word for "You".
In conversation while meeting one could say "Hello, My name is Shankar, What is your name?" which translated would be "Kuzoo zangpo La , Ngayi ming shankar een , choey gi ming ga chi mo? "
After receiving the response, for the question it would be polite to say "Kaadinchey La" which means "Thank You". .
So Kaadinchey La folks till we meet next time happy learning and Tashi Delek.Lesson 1 : Greetings
February 17, 2007 05:56 AM PST
This is a podcast to help you learn conversational Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan.
Happy Learning and Tashi Delek!!
Welcome to the first lesson on Dzongkha. This lesson will introduce you will basic phrases of greetings.
As in most Asian languages the greetings for all day is the same. The greetings phrase is "Kuzoo Zangpo La! " This can be used all day long.
The reply to this phrase is also Kuzoo Zangpo La.
La is a word for respect, similar to Sir in English. So you can suffix La with any word or sentence.
"Gadaybay Zhu Ga? " is the phrase for "How are you"?
The reply is "Legshom" (pronounced Layshom).This roughly means "I am fine"
And the word for Thank you is "Kaadinchey La"!
So folks happy learning and till we meet again.
Kaadinchey La and Tashi Delek!!
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