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Step 1: Learn more Nepali. Step 2: Impress more People

This is Part 2 to this post here. I’d been meaning to make this for a while but finally got around to it. Also, speaking is different than writing these words out in Nepali. While speaking, we often use the shortened version of the words. Example: “it’s raining” is written in the Nepali script as something like “Pani pari-ra-khe-ko-cha” but when we say it out loud we omit “khe-ko” and say “Pani pari-ra-cha”.

Where is the toilet?: Toilet kata cha? (Toilet kaa-ta chha) 

[Note: Or you can use the Nepali word ’charpi’ pronounced char-pee instead of “toilet”. It may sound a bit strange since the word ‘toilet’ is more common than “charpi”, especially in urban areas]

Do you speak English? [fairly formal]: Tapailai English auncha? (Taa-pai-laai English auu-chha) 

[Note: you could add the verb “to speak”: “bolna” in between 'English’ and 'auncha’, but it is not necessary]

Does anyone here speak English?: Yahan kosailai English auncha? (Yaa-haa ko-sai-lai English auu-chha)

I am from [insert country/city name]: Ma [insert country/city name] bata ho (Ma [country] baa-ta ho)

I speak [insert language here]: Ma [insert language here] bhasa bolchu (ma [language] bha-saa bol-chhu)

[Note: if you speak multiple languages you can add “ra” (and) in between the languages. Eg: Ma English, French, ra Nepali bhasa bolchu : I speak English, French and Nepali] 

Is it raining outside?: Bahira pani parira cha ho? (Ba-hee-ra paa-ni pari-raa chha ho)

Is it sunny outside?: Bahira gham lageko cha ho? (Ba-hee-ra gha-m laa-ge-ko (or laa-ye-ko) chha ho)

Is it foggy outside?: Bahira hussu/quiro cha ho? (Ba-hee-ra hus-su/qui-roh chha ho)

[Note: As far as I know, both “hussu” and “quiro” mean foggy. I think there is a slight difference between them, but I’m not exactly sure what)

Is it stormy outside?: Bahira huri-batas lageko cha ho? (Ba-hee-ra hoo-ree ba-taas laa-ge-ko chha ho)

Is it cold/hot/warm outside?: Bahira jado/garmi/nyano cha ho? (Ba-hee-ra jaa-do / gar-mee chha / Nyaa-no chha ho) 

[Note: Jado = cold. Garmi = hot. Nyano = warm.]

To comment about the weather instead of asking a question, just remove the “ho” from the end of the sentence. Eg: 'It’s stormy outside’ = “Bahira huri-batas lageko cha”.

To answer these questions, you can say “ho” for 'yes’ and “hoina” (hoi-na) for 'no’. Eg: 'Yes. It is cold outside’ = “Ho. Bahira jado cha”. You don’t necessarily have to add the “it is/not cold outside” bit after saying “yes/no”. 

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A bindi (Hindi: बिंदी, from Sanskrit bindu, meaning “a drop, small particle, dot”) is a forehead decoration worn in South Asia (particularly India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Mauritius) and Southeast Asia. Traditionally it is a bright dot of red colour applied in the centre of the forehead close to the eyebrows, but it can also consist of other colours with a sign or piece of jewelry worn at this location.

Traditionally, the area between the eyebrows (where the bindi is placed) is said to be the sixth chakra, ajna, the seat of “concealed wisdom”. The bindi is said to retain energy and strengthen concentration.The bindi also represents the third eye.The Nasadiya Sukta of the Rig Veda, the earliest known Sanskrit text, mentions the word vindu/bindu.

Coachella is right around the corner so you know what that means…Reclaim the Bindi Week is BACK and I hope you are all ready to post until the bindi tag is full of Desis.  If you weren’t here for Rounds 1+2, this is a campaign to help us brown people reclaim our culture by overrunning tumblr with our fabulous selves embracing it. Theme: #coachellashutdown 

What is Our Goal?

To reclaim our culture from appropriators by flooding the bindi tag with selfies, pictures, anecdotes, stories, art, ANYTHING reclaiming the bindi and our culture

When is this happening?

April 10th through April 19th (hitting Tamil New Year, Sinhalese New Year, Bengali New Year, Nepali New Year, Vishu, Vaisakhi, and Coachella)

What should you do?

Now:

  • Reblog this post to spread the word

From April 10-19th:

  • Post selfies with you wearing a bindi, art, stories, ANYTHING reclaiming our culture with the tags #bindi #reclaimthebindiweek or  #coachellashutdown so that we all can see them (please make sure you tag your posts with at least #bindi otherwise they won’t show up in the tag)
  • Follow the reclaimthebindi blog
  • You can post on INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER NOW! Use the same hashtags and follow the movement @reclaimthebindi!
  • Submit your selfies and such to the reclaimthebindi blog so even more people can see them

And that’s it - so let’s get to reclaiming what is rightfully ours! Remember to use the hashtag #coachellashutdown to let people know we are not okay with our culture being turned into a music festival costume. 

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Much of the success of ZERO poaching in Nepal is due to committed government; mainly the ability for communities to work on local wildlife policing. Through employing local people, poaching AND poverty are decreased dramatically.

How are other countries doing in the poaching war? Find out with “Success in the Poaching War” at fightforrhinos.com