USEFUL WORDS & PHRASES WHILE TRAVELING IN BHUTAN
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
In front of: Dongkha
Next to: Bolokha
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?
Hot Water: Chhu Tshe
Milk Tea: Na Ja
Butter Tea: Su Ja