This lesson will cover basics in shopping in Nepali using Chapter 3 of Nepali in Context: a Topical Approach to Learning Nepali by Daniel P. Watters. Each chapter of this text provides multiple language learning exercises of a specific theme (shopping, village life, environment, health, etc.) while learning a series of vocabulary, grammar, and verb conjugations. In Chapter 3, we cover Shopping. While Nepali in Context provides a robust set of vocabulary, Nepali language learners can also use Cornell’s Nepali-English & English-Nepali Glossary to find additional terms for items one may need to ask for in a shopping or town setting.
We start by reading and memorizing a set of vocabulary:
Next, we practice using को कति पर्छ (How much does X cost):
Finally, let’s talk and listen! Pretend your tutor is the shopkeeper and use the following list to buy items from your tutor. Then, reverse roles and play shopkeeper!
soap – three bars
|beans – 1/2 kg|
|potatoes – 3 kg|
|bread – two loaves|
|tomatoes – 1/2 kg|
|apples – 1 kg|
Oja, S.; Oja, B., Turin, M., Uphoff, E.; Nepali-English & English Nepali Glossary, Cornell University, South Asia Program, 2004.
Watters, Daniel P. Nepali in Context : a Topical Approach to Learning Nepali. Kathmandu :Ekta Books, 2000.