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Dzongkha. It is also Bhutan’s official language. The word “Dzongkha” means the language (kha) spoken in Dzong. Dzongkha uses same script as Tibetan. Dzongkha, the, is the only language with a native literary tradition in Bhutan. Two other major languages are the Tshanglakha and the Lhotshamkha.

In Bhutan you can see Hindi, Nepali, Bengali, English Languages also. English is the medium of instruction in schools and is widely spoken. There are English road sign, signboard, books, Newspaper, Magazine and menus throughout the country.

Here are some common Bhutan words & phrases when Conversation Dzongkha:

Is it far?: Tha ring sa in-na?

Here: Na/NaluThere: Pha/Phalu

Where: Gatey?

Which?: Gadee?

In front of: Dongkha

Next to: Bolokha

Behind: Japkha

Hello: Kuzoozangpo La

Who is speaking: Ga Sung Mo La?

I am …Speaking: Nga …Zhu Do La

Yes Yes: Ong, Ong

I am ill: Nga nau may

Where is the toilet?: Chhapsa ga tey in-na

Where is the hospital?: Menkhang ga tey in na?

Water: Chhu

Hot Water: Chhu Tshe

Milk Tea: Na Ja

Butter Tea: Su Ja