Sikkimese (འབྲས་ལྗོངས་སྐད་)

Sikkimese is a Southern Tibetan language spoken by the Bhutia (Denzongpa) people in Sikkim. It is also known as Sikkimese Tibetan, Bhutia, Dranjongke (འབྲས་ལྗོངས་སྐད་), Dranjoke, Denjongka, Denzongpeke or Denzongke, and has about 70,300 speakers

Sikkimese is closely related Dzongkha and there is some mutual intelligibility between them. It is less closely related to Tibetan, though many Sikkimese speakers also speak Tibetan, as well as Nepali.

Sikkimese is written with the Tibetan alphabet and about two thirds of Sikkimese speakers are literate in their language.

Sikkimese alphabet and pronunciation

Vowels

Sikkimese vowels

Consonants

Sikkimese consonants

Links

Information about the Sikkimese
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkimese_language
http://www.indianetzone.com/56/sikkimese_language_india.htm
http://www.thlib.org/static/reprints/bot/bot_1995_01_24.pdf

Videos featuring spoken Sikkimese
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOYge0O9MtY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhH63Q1AjUg

Tibeto-Burman languages

Burmese, Dzongkha, Garo, Kayah Li, Karen, Lepcha, Limbu, Lisu, Manipuri, Mizo, Mro, Naxi, Nepal Bhasa / Newari, Sunuwar, Tangut, Tibetan, Tshangla, Tujia, Yi


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