Tibetan Language Course Descriptions

Tibetan language classes (LAN) are in the language category among the five traditional sciences. We offer colloquial Tibetan as well as Tibetan reading classes, which are often based on a text that was studied in a recent course.

Our Tibetan teachers are experienced translators, and the colloquial Tibetan class is taught by a skilled native speaker to ensure correct pronunciation.

From the Course Catalog

LAN 500 Introduction to Colloquial Tibetan

This course is oriented toward beginners who have little knowledge of Tibetan but would like to gain some familiarity with the language and how it is translated into English. It covers the alphabet and pronunciation. Students learn to chant a few of the songs of Milarepa and at the same time investigate their meaning in both Tibetan and in English. By looking into the Tibetan behind the English, students can expect to gain a richer understanding of the songs composed by one of Tibet’s great masters.


LAN 510 Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature

This course is oriented towards reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature. It focuses on acquiring and developing reading skills. Interesting and important grammatical points will be explained in the context of specific passages. Students practice both reading aloud to learn the rhythms and feel of the phrasing of the language and train in the traditional discipline of jor-lo (sbyor klog) — “reading the connections.”

PREREQUISITES: Knowledge of the Tibetan alphabet, spelling rules, and a functional grasp of Tibetan grammar. Students are asked to translate a short passage from Tibetan to English to help the instructor determine their proficiency. Instructor’s permission is required.

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