If you’re planning to visit Bhutan and wondering how you can communicate with Bhutanese in their national language Dzongkha, here I am going to share about a handy mobile application for this purpose.
It is called Dzongkha Phrases App. It is published both in Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
It contains common Dzongkha terminologies and phrases with English translation and their Roman Transcriptions.
The application is adapted from the Dzongkha English Phrasebook published by Dzongkha Development Commission (DDC).
The book is available for free. It can be downloaded from the link given below:
LINK HERE >>> Rapgai Jϋmang, A Dzongkha Phrasebook
Dzongkha Phrasebook App
About the App
This application was designed and developed by a group of students pursuing Bachelor’s of Engineering in Information Technology in College of Science and Technology (CST), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) with the assistance from DDC.
The application can be downloaded from the link given below.
LINK HERE >>> Dzongkha English Phrases App
Dzongkha Phrasebook (Source DDC)
Features of the App: What is in the App?
Some key features of the application are:
1. Common terminologies and interrogatives: The application offers both English to Dzongkha and Dzongkha to English translation for commonly used terms and interrogatives.
2. Common conversations: Starting from as simple as how to greet, talk about weather conditions to conversations required for shopping and meeting with a doctor can be found in this application.
3. Others: Other phrases include those phrases required for finding accommodation, measurements, giving advice, etc.
How to Use the App
The application is very intuitive. If you find the fonts very small for your vision, there is the option to increase it too.
1. From the language’s select the language appropriate for you.
2. After you select language, select the category of phrases you’re interested.
3. Search for the phrase you’re interested. For example I am interested in “Getting into conversation” category and I want to learn how to say “It has been ages without meeting you”.
Searching for phrases
After you get the appropriate phrase you’re interested in, you can play the voice recording and learn to say it on your own.
With this post, I hope it would help you in a small way to make your experience of learning Dzongkha fun and easy.
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