Whether you are looking for a room, visiting a monastery, or bargaining for a bus seat, Learning Practical Tibetan will make immediate communication with Tibetans easy and fun. This book is designed for anyone wishing to communicate with Tibetans, either in Asia or in the West, and is suitable for beginners as well as for students familiar with the Tibetan language.
Learning Practical Tibetan begins with a simple but complete grammar so that you can immediately begin to form your own sentences. Using both Tibetan script and an easy-to-understand phonetic system, the book then presents useful vocabulary, phrases, and dialogues related to situations you might encounter with Tibetans: eating in restaurants, shopping, speaking to monks, traveling with pilgrims, or visiting a Tibetan doctor. The appendix provides helpful sections on Tibetan numbers, dates, telling time, festivals, religious terms, and an extensive vocabulary list.
To help you learn how to speak Tibetan correctly, mp3 files of Tibetan pronunciation are provided on the “Extras” tab above, featuring the clear Tibetan voice of Yanki Tshering reading text found in the book.
To help you learn how to pronounce Tibetan words correctly, mp3 files of Yanki Tshering reading Tibetan text found in Learning Practical Tibetan are available for download below.
- Chapter 3: Grammar
- Chapter 4: Greetings
- Chapter 5: Useful Words in Context
- Chapter 6: Useful Phrases
- Chapter 7: Fill-In Phrases for Basic Conversation
- Chapter 8: A General Dialogue
- Chapter 9: Accommodation
- Chapter 10: Food
- Chapter 11: Shopping
- Chapter 12: Monastic Dialogues
- Chapter 13: Dialogues in Nepal
- Chapter 14: Transportation
- Chapter 15: Visiting a Tibetan Doctor
- Chapter 17: Time
- Chapter 18: Dates and Days of the Week
- Chapter 19: Festivals
- Chapter 20: Helpful Opposites
- Chapter 21: Religious and Monastic Vocabulary
- Chapter 22: Vocabulary List