Translating English to Nepali is considered much trickier than translating English to Spanish or French. Nepali is considered at category 4 language, meaning it’s equally difficult to translate words, phrases, and sentences from English to Nepali as it is English to Greek or English to Russian.
The good news is that it’s easier to translate English to Nepali than it is English to Chinese or Arabic.
The Nepali language is spoken throughout Nepal and is most locals’ first language. There are also 129 other languages spoken in the country, the majority are derived from the Indo-Aryan and Sino-Tibetan languages.
While Nepali is the official language of Nepal, the other first languages in the country are also recognized as ‘first languages’ as well. It’s the most widely-spoken language in Nepal, as nearly half of residents speak it; Maithili is the second-most spoken language (though only a little more than 10% of locals speak it). Most of the languages in the country are in danger of dying out, as most languages aren’t spoken widely throughout the country.
Nepali was once called Khas-Kura and Gorkhali.
English to Nepali Translation
Translating English to Nepali is trickier than with some other languages. The major dialects of Nepali include:
English and Nepali share a few words — just over 100 in fact! If you are familiar with the Nepali alphabet and pronunciations, learning these words is easier than some others.
Trying to learn Nepali online? We recommend using machine translation software that has a Nepali translation tool and can easily translate text to speech, such as the MyLanguage app, available on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iOS.
Software such as Google Translate or Microsoft’s language learning app doesn’t offer the same English translation accuracy as paid apps.
The Nepali dictionary contains more than 150,000 words. The letters are written in Devanagari script, derived from Brahmi script, and based on Sanskrit. Native English readers will be happy to learn that Nepali is read from left to right (like English). Capital letters are written the same as lower-case letters.
English Nepali translators and translation services often charge nearly $50 an hour. If you’re trying to translate simple texts, we recommend inputting the text into a language translation software program or app.
Check out our online translation tool that can help you learn basic words and phrases, such as hello in other languages.
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