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Gurkha officer?

#1
After reading up a little on this, I'm really interested in trying to join the gurkhas as an officer. The one thing that I'm curious about is to what standard are the officers expected to speak Nepali (once taught)? Must it be fluent, or is it just a basic grasp of the language?

Cheers in advance
 
#3
I am also interested in a commision with the Gurkhas; well it's one of my choices anyway. Do you know any good sites for info on the regiment? I have found a few good sources if you need them mate.
 
#4
Would appreciate a link to the sources.... Unfortunately haven't really looked so don't have any info to return to you. And thanks biscuitbrowns.
 
#5
Related thread here - http://www.arrse.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic/t=69647.html

Ref: language, don't worry you've quite a few hurdles to climb before that and it'll be the least of them compared with RMAS, selection and PCD. You don't need to be a linguistic ninja - your course and in-country trip will give you a good grounding and you'll use it a good deal. Learning a language at a high level / as an academic activity can be very difficult, using it on a day to day basis ensures you'll quicly become familiar with what you need to get by.

Charlie
 
#8
Hiya. I knew a few Gurkhas when I was a squaddie. I learned a few phrases from them. They are quite similar to Hindi and Gujerati, and they can watch and understand Bollywood movies. So, if you've any Indian mates, it would be an idea to ask for some language tips.

Meanwhile, here is your first lesson in Gurkhali:

English Gurkhali
Mero nam John ho My name is John
Ram ram, Sir Good morning, Sir (use when saluting)
Costa so? Alright, mate.
Tic tac Good/ok
Narambro Shit
Teri Your
Teri Mahrdi Your mother


I also know how to swear. Remember, swearing in their culture isn't like the casual British swearing culture, so I will only post them on if you ask.
 
#10
RGR is probably the hardest Regiment to get into at Sandhurst, however, serving in the Bridage of Gurkhas is an absolute pleasure.

The language course is three months long and will get you to a survival standard. You will learn most of your Nepali in Barracks during day to day work.

Key Nepali words: Dhal Baat, Khaini, Tomba and Dalle.
 
#13
RGR is probably the hardest Regiment to get into at Sandhurst, however, serving in the Bridage of Gurkhas is an absolute pleasure.

The language course is three months long and will get you to a survival standard. You will learn most of your Nepali in Barracks during day to day work.

Key Nepali words: Dhal Baat, Khaini, Tomba and Dalle.
That's great - thanks very much!
 

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