"However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?" Buddha
Lexicon Ladakhi-English during your stay in Ladakh
It is always handy to know some words in your getaways around the world. On your next trip to Ladakh, in the Far North of India, in the Himalayas, we offer a few phrases that will certainly be useful! Moreover, it is a sign of politeness to know some words in your travels and more, it is a way to get in touch more easily with the locals. Good games and have fun with some expressions!
- Hello, thanks: Julley
- How are you?: Khamzang le?
- I am good: Khamzang in le
- What is your name?: Nyerangi ming chi in le?
- My name is: Nge ming le
- Where are you from? Nyerang kane in le?
- I am from Canada: Nga Canada ne in le
- I understand: Hago le
- I don't understand: Hamago le
- Where are you going?: Karu skyodat le?
- I am going in Leh: Nga Leh a chaat le
- I am cold: Tangmo mi rak
- It is cold: Tangmo rak le
- I am tired: Ngalte rak
- How much does it cost?: Tsam in le?
- Ladakh is wonderful!: Ladakh ma demo duk
Tips in Ladakh
If you're invited to drink tea or eat with a ladakhi family, always remove your shoes before entering the first room and sit where they show you with your legs crossed. They consider it rude to accept what they offer you too eagerly. Therefore, it is appropriate to always refuse first ( Man le!) and then you can accept to have just a little bit (tsapik, tsapik!).
- Come here!: Skyot le!
- Sir down!: Zhuks le!
- Drink, eat!: Don le!
- Just a little bit: Tsapik, tsapik
- No, thanks: Man, Julley
- It is delicious!: Zhimpo rak le
- Can I have...? Thobina le...?
- Butter tea: Gurgur cha
- Water: Chu
- Boiled water: Chu skol