Expressing feelings in Nepalese:


Expressing sentiments and emotions is always translated using the past tense in Nepali. Thus, the expression “Nice to meet you” is translated as “tāpaï sāngā bheteraa khusi laagyo - तपार्इसँग भेटेर खुशी लाग्यो _ <. The verb used comes from “laagnu - लाग्नु _: to feel, to fall.” Please note the presence of the indirect object complement “-laï - लार्इ _.” 


a) mālaï khusi laagyo.                  

I feel happy/I am feeling happy/I felt happy.

मलार्इ खुशी लाग्यो ।

b) mālaï aalchhi laagyo.              I feel lazy.

मलार्इ अल्छि लाग्यो ।

c) mālaï laaz laagyo.                   

I feel shy/I feel ashamed.

मलार्इ लाज लाग्यो ।

d) tāpaïlaï nepaal kāsto laagyo?  

How do you like Nepal?

तपार्इलार्इ नेपाल कस्तो लाग्यो ?

e) tāpaï-laï waak waak laagyo.   

You feel nauseous/you feel like throwing up.

तपार्इलार्इ वाक् वाक् लाग्यो ।

f) tāpaï-laï gārmi laagyo.             You feel hot.

तपार्इलार्इ गर्मी लाग्यो ।

g) mālaï jhyaau laagyo.               I am feeling bored.

मलार्इ झ्याउ लाग्यो ।

h) mero saathilaï dukhā laagyo.  My friend feels sad.

मेरो साथीलार्इ दुख लाग्यो ।

i) mālaï nindraa laagyo.              I feel sleepy.

मलार्इ निन्द्रा लाग्यो ।

j) mālaï thaakaï laagyo.               I feel tired.

मलार्इ थकार्इ लाग्यो ।

k) mālaï nā raamaïlo laagyo.    I feel unpleasant.

मलार्इ नरमार्इलो लाग्यो ।


Other terms that are expressed in English in the present tense are sometimes expressed using the past tense in Nepalese. This is the case when expressing hours / time “āhile saat bhajyo अहिले सात बज्यो it is 7 o’clock” or age “ma bis bhārsā bhayo म विस वर्ष भए । I’m 20 years old.”


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