This book is an ideal beginning for those who are trekking, travelling, working or volunteering in Nepal, whose priority is to speak and understand everyday Nepali. To speak perfect Nepali, it is essential to learn the Nepali script and come to terms with the pronunciation. Mastery of the content of this book will enable you to communicate practically and effectively on a wide range of everyday subjects. This book has been written in what the author has termed ‘Neplish’ - essentially Nepali words written phonetically in English.
‘Practical Nepali’ has been arranged into 6 sections: an introductory part which covers ‘contents’, ‘acknowledgements’, ‘introduction’, ‘tips on getting started’, ‘pronunciation’ and ‘word order’ and a second part that covers ‘vocabulary’ and minor grammar’. Examples of phrases are included within each of the 12 vocabulary sections, all of which cover a particular topic. The third part includes 34 aspects of ‘major’ or ‘universal grammar’ which makes deciphering and learning the language much easier. The fourth part deals with verbs, verb tenses and their conjugations and the fifth part covers ‘special usage of verbs’ - some verbs have multiple meanings and can mean different things when combined with other words.
Studying this book will not only enable you to communicate adequately on a wide range of everyday subjects, but your purchase will also benefit wonderful work being done in Nepal. Part of the author’s motivation in turning her Nepali language lessons into a published form was to provide an income for three charities she supports and to supplement the income of two wonderfully patient men – Saila and Mohan – who helped Virginia over the course of many visits, learn the language. 50% of the proceeds of this book are being donated – 10% each to three charities doing wonderful work in Nepal (‘The Australian Himalayan Foundation’, ‘Classrooms in the Clouds’ and ‘Langtang Valley Health (Australia)’ and 10% each to Saila and Mohan in appreciation of everything they taught me.
Once this e-book is in circulation the author intends to start work on an accompanying dictionary and one day hopes to read and write Nepali…that may be another book!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nepali is a fascinating language but it is fairly daunting. I have attempted to learn the Nepali written script as well as spoken Nepali, but it is not necessary to learn to write if you just want to communicate with people.
It's much more useful to be able to say a few simple sentences, and that's where Practical Nepali will help you. This book goes beyond phrasebooks, as the author explains how to construct your own sentences correctly rather than copying standard phrases.
I've trekked in Nepal twice, and I wish I'd had this book with me. I used a phrasebook and an advanced book that was much too difficult, and before my second trip I had lessons with a local Nepali. Practical Nepali bridges the gap between the advanced book and the traveller's phrasebook. It's like having a personal tutor. Taking it with you on a Kindle is ideal, as it's portable and light and uses very little power (you can charge your Kindle at most lodges and the charge will last a long...
I recently downloaded this book, looking for more ways for a linguistic moron like myself to make sense of the Nepali language, and this is the right book for the job! Ms. Dixon's book is very complete when it comes to grammar (so much so I can hardly believe her claim that she is not an English teacher). My only complaint is that her written pronunciation system can get confusing if you are using other resources because it is different from them. It winds up not being so confusing though if you have Nepali friends (which I have been blessed with) to help you out. Now I can speak Nepali with the proficiency of a 2 year old when speaking Nepali instead of an infant:-) . I absolutely love her attention to detail and the long hours of work she must have done with the Nepali teachers (over many plates of dhaal bhaat and cups of chia I'm sure). Overall, you can't beat the price. Get this book before you spend the 20 or 50 dollars on other Nepali books. You will not learn the Devanagari...
Many good explanations about the difficult Nepali grammar. But confusing with the use of "Neplish". (A mix of English and Nepali to show correct pronunciation) Last star if the book had been through the hands of a teacher. But still very good. The best I have found so far.
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