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How to Greet Tibetan People, Tibetan Greetings

June,10 2017 BY Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS

When travelling in Tibet, you might wanna greet local Tibetan people and have a short chat with them. The following are some common Tibetan greeting words teach you how to greet Tibetan people. See more at useful Tibetan words.

In English In Tibetan
Hello! Tah-shi de-leh.
How are you? Keh-rahng ku-su de-bo yin-peh?
I'm fine. La yin. Ngah snug-po de-bo yin.
Thank you. Thu-chi che.
What's your name? Kerang gi tsenla kare ray?
My name is ... - and yours? ngai ming-la ... sa, a- ni kerang-gitsenla kare ray?
Where are you from? Kerang loong-pa ka-ne yin?
Please sit down. Shoo-ro-nahng.
Where are you going? Keh-rahng kah-bah phe-geh?
Is it OK to take a photo? Par gyabna digiy-rebay?
Goodbye. Kah-leh phe.
See you later. Jeh yong
See you tonight. To-gong jeh yong.
See you tomorrow. Sahng-nyi jeh yong.
Goodnight. Sim-jah nahng-go
I'm sorry. Gong-dah

When Tibetans greet each other, they use long words. They would add 'la' after the name to show their respect. While everybody is being greeted, the listener must listen carefully without any impatience. They always express certain verbosity in saying good bye. In particular, if the host is elderly, they are repeatedly given expressions of good wishes, auspiciousness, safety, and good fortune.

Chatting with TibetansHaving a nice talk with local Tibetans.

Catherine Jigme

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