How to learn Limbu language

Learning language needs dedication and practice. There are people who are very good in  learning and there people who are not so good. There are different tricks to learn language


1. Stay with people who speaks the language

If you really really want to learn Yakthung-pan (Limbu language), then best way to do is to go to the place where people only speaks Yakthung-pan. Or hang around with people who speaks the language.

Some of my foreigner friend suggested to have girlfriend/boyfriend who are native speakers so that you can learn the language faster. In my opinion, it will be best to go to village where everyone speaks Yakthung-pan somewhere in Panchthar, Taplejung or Terathum (but not their district headquarters or near district headquarters).

2. Take a class

If you have a group of people who wants to learn Yakthung-pan, then you can find a tutor. There are tutor who also teach individuals. With this little investment, you can achieve something important.

Actually, my brother and I went to Yakthung-pan classes run by an organization called Lilda. Dilendra Kurungbang (now he lives in Panchthar) was our Siksamba (teacher). It was a fun to be in class where there was no age bar. Young and old we all learned together. (Wish we could continue such classes again).

3. Get help from print materials

Getting help from print materials is another way to learn language. It might not help much in verbal part but it will help in understanding. My best friend in this part is dictionary. Now there are several dictionaries in the market and most of them are Limbu-English-Nepali and Nepali-Limbu. I have not seen any English to Limbu. (I hope there is, if not I hope somebody will work on it).

There’s a book called “Yakthung Pan Hu Asi” (i.e. Learn Yakthung Pan or Limbu language) published by Kirat Yakthung Chumlung. This books also helps a lot for beginners. There are several other books published for non-formal education published by different organizations.

There are several newspaper and magazines in Limbu every year. You could grab one of them and read them, mark the word and find the meaning in the dictionary or by asking. (This is not for the beginners though). But going through dictionary, word by word helps a lot (for beginners as well).

Actually, I have been reading Bairagi Kainla’sMundhum compilations (he has published several compilation of Mundhum). These compilations are in bilingual (Limbu and Nepali), so you can read in both language that makes easier to understand and learn. I wrote the words and find their meanings. I like it because Mundhum is so interesting and we can learn so much from it.

4. Audio-visual

Experts says that audio-visual is the best way to learn and tech. So, there are plenty of them in Yakthung-pan. There are so many music albums and videos realesed each year. Bhagat Subba, Jhuma Wanem and Manu Nembang are few names who have beautiful voice to listen.You can find one of them (buy CD or youtube) and write down the lyrics and find meanings. Sing along with the song. Enhance your vocabulary as well as pronunciation.

If you are fan of watching movies then good news is every year a couple of movies are released in Yakthung-pan. You can buy the DVD and watch them. I cannot guarantee the quality but you can definately use it as learning tool. You can find them in Ina Cassette Center, Putalisadak (opposite to Reporter’s club; Kirat Yakthung Chumlung Office (; Namendra Sing Angbuhang also sells these items at his library at Buddhanagar, Indigenous Film Archive ( and Yakthung Munchait Chok Sayang (i.e. association of Limbu film-makers) could help you in getting good movies.

5. Use Internet, email and social media

Internet is great tool for learning many things. You can use it creatively according to your need. The most simple and easy way is to make email group in yahoo or google and learn from each other. You can also use facebook as a learning tool (actually I just created facebook page called “Learn Yakthung Pan” and group “Learn Yakthung Pan”).

6. Mobile application

Mobile application has been an effective way to learn language. There are several applications to learn popular languages such as English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Hindi and so on. But I have not seen any application to learn Yakthung pan. So, I am thinking of developing one with the help of my friends and elder (who speaks Yakthung). (I am looking for moral and financial support and if you are interested to involve in this work or want to support the cause, please email me at

These are the few techniques and tools to learn Yakthung pan. I hope you like it.

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21 thoughts on “How to learn Limbu language”

    Mero Sabei mitra tapai Haru abo mobile Mai Limbu writing Lekhnu his. Tapai ko android Mobile ko google play store dekhin ” Limbu Keyboard ” nam ko apps downlod Garnu Hos ani mobile mai Limbu archer Lekhnu hos….. sajilo ko lagi Link yaha moile deko chu.. .
    Nugent ro

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    1. I am sorry to tell you that there is no specific phrase for I love you in Limbu. I asked many people and they told me the same. The literal translation of I love you is “anga mim waro” but according to the Limbu speakers, this does not captures the feeling or emotion. Traditionally, they use metaphores, symbols and different phrases to express love. Dilendra Kurungbang (linguist and my Limbu language teacher) suggested me that we can say “l love you waro” instead of translating it.


  2. कम्प्यूटरको किबोर्डबाट लेख्न सकिने किबोर्डको नमुना पाए अाभारी हुने थिएँ र अर्को कुरा , लिम्बू अक्षरहरू अरू कुनै लिङकमा देखिने र पढ्न मिल्ने कसरी बनाउने ?


  3. अासेवाराे !

    राम्रो अालेख । निश्चय पनि याक्थुङ समुदायका नयाँ पुस्ताहरू प्रेरित भएर अाफ्नाे मातृभाषा जाेगाउन जुर्मसराउनेेछन् । विशेषगरी सदरमुकाम, सहर र प्रवासमा रहेका सन्ततिहरूमा याे निर्भर रहनेछ । यसका लागि सबैले अा-अाफ्नाे क्षेत्रबाट पहल गर्नुपर्छ ।

    नाेगेन ।


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