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REGULAR TIBETAN LANGUAGE COURSES

1. Basic Tibetan Language Course:

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Beginning with the alphabet, vowels, and combinations of letters, students learn the fundamental structure of the language, how to make simple sentences, and so forth. The aim at this level is to train students in reading and simple conversation.
Time : 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Teacher: Acharya Pema Khando

Textbooks:

  • Tsetan Chonjore’s Colloquial Tibetan: A Textbook of the Lhasa Dialect (LTWA publication)
  • Dr Chok’s A Standard Tibetan Pronunciation (photocopy)

2. Intermediate Tibetan Language Course:

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The intermediate course is a stepping-stone to the upper intermediate course. Students in this course reinforce and extend their command of Tibetan grammar and idioms. The main aim of this class is to help students become confident in Tibetan.
Time : 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Teacher: Paldon Tsomo

Textbooks:

  • Folklore: Tibetan stories (LTWA publication)
  • Yangchen Drupe Dorjee’s Legs bshad ljon dbang
  • Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s Mi tshe’s lam ston (LTWA publication)

3. Higher Intermediate Tibetan Language Course:

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In this course, Tibetan grammar and honorific words are taught. The class also touches on aspects of Tibetan culture and religion to provide students with a basis for discussing Buddhism in Tibetan.

Time : 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Teacher: Acharya Pema Khando

Textbooks:

  • Geshe Thupten Sopa’s Lectures on Tibetan Religion and Culture (LTWA publication)
  • Nagdon Gyatso’s bsTon pa’i mdzad rnam gsal ba’i me long (LTWA publication)
  • Pema Khando’s Particles and Exercises (photocopy)