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Language learning materials for Tibetan, a Sino-Tibetan language spoken mainly in Tibet by about 6 million people.

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Courses

Colloquial Tibetan: The Complete Course for Beginners

Colloquial Tibetan: The Complete Course for Beginners

by Jonathan Samuels

- provides a step-by-step course in Central Tibetan as it is spoken by native speakers. Combining a thorough treatment of the language as it is used in everyday situations with an accurate written representation of this spoken form, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Tibetan in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

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Learning Practical Tibetan

Learning Practical Tibetan

by Andrew Bloomfield, Yanki Tshering

- a good introduction to spoken Tibetan which includes a textbook and two audio cassettes. All the Tibetan text in this book is transliterated.

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Manual Of Standard Tibetan: Language And Civilization

Manual Of Standard Tibetan: Language And Civilization

by Nicolas Tournadre & Sangda Dorje

- presents the everyday speech of Lhasa as it is currently used in Tibet and among the Tibetan diaspora. It not only places the language in its natural context but also highlights along the way key aspects of Tibetan civilization and Vajrayana Buddhism. Consists of forty-one lessons, is illustrated with many drawings and photographs, and also includes two informative political and linguistic maps of Tibet. Two CDs provide an essential oral complement to the manual. A detailed introduction presents a linguistic overview of spoken and written Tibetan.

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Tibetan Calligraphy: How to Write the Alphabet and More

Tibetan Calligraphy: How to Write the Alphabet and More

by Sanje Elliott

- shows you how to capture the elegance and grace of Tibetan calligraphy without prior knowledge of either Tibetan language or calligraphy. This beautiful book includes many prayers, mantras, and seed syllables to copy and study. Perfect for practitioners, artists, and anyone interested in the Tibetan language.

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Dictionaries

The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan

The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan

by Melvyn C. Goldstein

Containing more than 80,000 lexical items used in political, social, economic, literary, and scientific discourse, this invaluable sourcebook includes the tens of thousands of new words that have been coined or that have come into use since Tibet was incorporated into the People's Republic of China in 1951. The dictionary lists lexical items characteristic of the special written genre that was used by Tibetan government officials up to 1959 as well as new terminology used in the Tibetan exile communities in South Asia. It contains both the core lexical terminology used in everyday life and standard modern writing and many proverbs and sayings that appear frequently in contemporary literary materials. The entries provide spoken pronunciation and thousands of illustrative sentences.

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English-Tibetan Dictionary of Modern Tibetan

English-Tibetan Dictionary of Modern Tibetan

by Melvyn C. Goldstein

The first scholarly English-Tibetan dictionary, as well as the only one that is semantically sensitive, this work specifies the Tibetan terms that correspond to the submeanings of a single English term. Containing roughly 16,000 main entries, most of which have multiple subentries, the dictionary treats a total of 45,000 lexical items. Each entry includes both the written Tibetan orthography and a phonemic notation to indicate pronunciation. Grammatical features are also noted, and all examples of usage are presented with the romanticization of the written Tibetan and phonemic notation of the spoken forms. An introductory essay familiarizes users with the main features of Tibetan grammar.

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Grammars

Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar

Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar

by Melvyn C. Goldstein, Gelek Rimpoche and Lobsang Phuntshog

This book will allow beginners to understand the logic of Tibetan grammar and syntax through graded readings and narrative explanations. The large glossary, which is indexed by page, will serve as an invaluable reference grammar for readers of Tibetan at all levels. The reading course includes a wide range of modern literary styles from literature, history, current affairs, newspapers, and even communist political essays.

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Phrasebooks

Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook

Sandup Tsering

- includes pronunciation; phrases for getting out and about, being social, food, safe travel, sustainable travel, and more; and two dictionaries.

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