Schwa Syncope

INTRODUCTION The Devanagari script was primarily intended for Sanskrit, where words were written exactly how they were pronounced. The daughter languages of Sanskrit continued to use Devanagari (or related scripts) because it made sense: the vocabulary is largely derived from Sanskrit, and it’s not worth it to reinvent the wheel (or writing) all over again … Read more

Gendered Speech: Introduction

Nepali – apart from having an honourific speech system – has something which is called ’Differentiation in Speech according to Gender’ which is just a fancy word for saying ’Gendered Speech’. While differentiation in Gender affects Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs alike, it surprisingly does NOT affect Pronouns. Also, it doesn’t affect Adverbs, Interjections etc. Since … Read more

Poem: Paap Laagcha

The poem ‘पाप लाग्छ’ (paap lagcha) was penned down by the Great Poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota. It is a grade 4 poem. ‘Paap lagcha’ or ’Paapa laagcha’ roughly translates into ’Sin befalls’. But it isn’t that. It has no exact translation, because ’paap laagnu’ means like, you do something bad and Karma strikes you, or god curses you … Read more

Poem: Yatri

The Poem “यात्री” (yatri) is a poem written by the famous Poet लक्ष्मीप्रसाद देवकोटा (laxmiprasad devkota). Laxmi Prasad Devkota is arguably the most famous poet of Nepal, often has been given the title as ‘the greatest poet ever of Nepali Literature’. Hence he has been given the title ‘Mahakavi’. ‘Mahakavi’ literally translates into ‘Great Poet’. ‘Yatri’ translates into Traveler, but is used as ‘Piligrim’ … Read more

Irregularity In Verbs

As every language learner knows, no rules of grammar is written in concrete and there are exceptions in everything and there are exceptions in every exception. Something like Exception-Inception. However, this is not a deterrent!  IRREGULAR VERBS You have good news and bad news. The bad news is, there are irregular verbs in Nepali. The … Read more

Story: Dr. Nano

’Doctor Nano’ (Nepali: डाक्टर नानो [daaktar nano] ) is a Short Story written by G.B. Niraula and Devraj Sharma. This short story appears in the syllabus of class 10 (CBSE).  To read the uninterrupted Nepali Text, click here. One of the best ways to learn is reading a story. A story is vocabulary rich and gives you a basic idea … Read more

Vocabulary: Polysemous Words (Homonyms)

Polysemous Words are Equivocal Terms. An equivocal term is a word which sound the same and spell the same but have two or more than two different meanings. Such words are called अनेकार्थक शब्द (anekarthak sabda) in Nepali. For example, the word ‘Ring’ is a Equivocal Term, with two meanings ‘Ornament’ and ‘Phone Noise’. _ कर (kar)  _ हात (haat)  _ … Read more

Vocabulary: Months And Seasons

Nepal follows a separate calendar, called ’Vikram Samvat’, which consists of 12 months and 365 days (You don’t say?). Anyways, the first month starts roughly from Mid-April (usually april 14) and ends 12 months later. There are two spellings, one is the archaic spelling and the other is the modern spelling. Of course, I won’t … Read more

Punctuation Marks

INTRODUCTION Punctuation marks are marks used in writing sentences to separate ideas or elements in order to clarify meaning. Fortunately, punctuation marks are not that different in Nepali, except the full stop which is represented by a horizontal slash. Punctuation marks are called  ‘विराम चिन्ह’ (virām cinha) in Nepali.  TABLE OF PUNCTUATION MARKS Name Nepali Form Nepali … Read more