Although most of the 865,000 Khasi speakers are found in Meghalaya state, the language is also spoken by a number of people in the hill districts of Assam bordering with Meghalaya and by a sizable population of people living in Bangladesh, close to the Indian border.
Khasi is rich in folklore and folktale, and behind most of the names of hills, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, birds, flowers, and animals there is a story.
|Khublei (khu-blei)||'THANK YOU' in khasi.|
|Phi long kumno?||How are you? In short it is also used as “Kumno?”|
|Nga khlaiñ||I am fine.|
|Kumne||Short form response to ‘Kumno?’ meaning ‘like this’.|
|Dohkha (doh-kha)||fish (meat)|
|Dohsyiar (doh-syiar)||chicken (meat)|
|Jyntah (jyn-tah)||dish (meat/vegetable)|
|Ai aiu?||Give what?|
|Hangno? / Shano?||Where?|
|Khublei shibun.||Thank you very much.|