The national language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, which is widely spoken in western region. The eastern region of the country speak Sharchop, where as the people in the south speak Nepali.
English has been used as the medium of instructions in schools and institutes. You will get by comfortably if you speak English, as the language is taught in schools in Bhutan. Many children in Bhutan tend to walk up to visitors, wave and say hi or hello. The Bhutanese are always thrilled when they meet visitors who try to speak their language. Here are some useful phrases.
|I/ Me||Ngaa||From You||Choe-Lay|
|How are you?||Ga-Dhey Bay Yoe?||From Him||Kho-Ley|
|I am fine||Ngaa Leg-Shom bay rang yoe||From Us||Ngaa-Chey Lay|
|Thank you||Kaadrin-Chey La||GENITIVE|
|What is your name?||Choe Gi Ming-Gachi-Mo?||ENGLISH||DZONGKHA|
|What is your name? (respect to elders)||Na-gi tshen Gachi mo la?||Mine||Ngei-gi|
|My name is ............................||Nge Gii ming .....(your name)...... Ein||Your||Choe-Gi|
|Where do you live?||Choe ga-tey dhoeb mo?||His/Her||Kho-Gi/ Mo-Gi|
|Where are you from?||Choe ga tey lay mo?||Our||Ngaa-chey Gi|
|Where are you going?||Choe ga-tey jo-nee mo?||Yours (pl)||Choe-tshu-Gi|
|Where can I find toilet?||Chab-sang ga tey yoega mo?||Their||Khong-Gi|
|What is the name of this place?||Sa-Ney dhe gi ming gachimo?|
|Is it far away?||Tha-Ring-sa inna?||AFFIRMATIVE AND NEGATIVE|
|What is this?||Aa ni gachi mo?||ENGLISH||DZONGKHA|
|How much is it?||Dhi-lu gadhem chi mo?||Yes, To be||Inn|
|How can I help you?||Choe-Lu charo ga-dhey-bay gop mo?||No, not be||Men|
|Help me||Charo bay- nang||To be in a place||Dhu|
|Friend||Charo||Not be in a place||Min-Dhu|
|Girlfriend||Aa-Ro-Ga-Ro||To exist, Have||Yoe|
|I am sick||Nga naaw may||Want||Go|
|I cannot go||Nga Jo-me-tshu-bay||Does not want||Mong-go/ Ming-go|
The seventy percent of the population follow the Buddhist faith while balance follows Hindu beliefs. Besides offering spectacular natural beauty and a pristine environments, Bhutan’s landscape is studded with a profusion of majestic dzongs, beautiful gompas (monasteries) and chortens (stupas) that are evidence of living spiritual culture.
The kingdom of Bhutan’s official religion is Drukpa Kagyu,a school of Mahayana Buddhism .Bhutan came under the Buddhist influence via Tibet. Apparently this was foretold by the chief protagonist of the vajrayana teaching of Buddhism-Guru Rinpoche, the precious teacher.