LAN 501 Beginning Colloquial Tibetan

September 14, 2021-December 16, 2021

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00pm Pacific Time, September 14 – December 16, 2021

Faculty: Gerry Wiener and Nima Bhuti

This course is the continuation of Beginning Colloquial Tibetan (LAN 500). It is oriented toward students who have had some training in the Tibetan alphabet, spelling, and beginning dialogs. The emphasis of the classes is on developing fluency with spoken Tibetan. Students focus on training in successively more complex Tibetan colloquial dialogs. The class covers the material in the first three to four chapters of The Heart of Tibetan Language by Franziska Oertle. Supplementary material is also provided, including flashcards.

Prerequisites: At least two 2020 Summer Institute sessions of beginning colloquial Tibetan or equivalent. Students should know:

  • How to pronounce in the Central Tibetan dialect all the letters in the Tibetan alphabet
  • How to identify the main letter of a Tibetan word
  • What prefixes, superfixes, subfixes, suffixes, and second suffixes are, and how they affect pronunciation
  • How to spell a Tibetan word aloud
  • Some acquaintance with the verbs yin, min, red, ma red.
  • Some acquaintance with the demonstrative pronouns ‘di, de, pha gi, etc.

Required Texts:  Heart of Tibetan Language: A Synthesis of Indigenous Grammar and Contemporary Learning Methodology (Vol. 1, Text Book) by Franziska Oertle and the associated Exercise Book.

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Cost: $320