Image of man walking a yak. Hero image for Nitartha Institute's Continuing Beginning Colloquial Tibetan course.

LAN 504  Continuing Beginning Colloquial Tibetan

October 5, 2022-December 17, 2022


Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm Pacific Time, October 5 – December 17, 2022

Faculty: Nima Bhuti

This is a continuation of the 2022 Summer Institute course. This course is oriented toward beginning Tibetan-language students who are interested in furthering their connections to the language. It assumes prior knowledge of colloquial Tibetan. Lessons this fall will include classes based on the material in the required text Speak Fluent Tibetan by Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam Peltsok. Students will be conversing in class using material in this text.


  • Students should know the Tibetan alphabet, how to spell words, and how to read basic Tibetan sentences aloud (but not necessarily understand their entire meaning).
  • They should have some familiarity with verb tenses (past, present, and future), auxiliary verbs, essential and existential verbs including yin, min, red, ma red, yod med, ‘dug, mi ‘dug, yod red and yod ma red.
  • Students should also have some familiarity with the basics of locative, genitive, instrumental cases, and question words and particles.

Required Texts: Speak Fluent Tibetan by Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam Peltsok

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Cost: $320