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Introductory Tibetan I
Catalog number CEUS-U 151/381
Gedun Rabsal

Course Objectives

Introductory Tibetan I provides an introduction to the basics of Tibetan language. The course objective is to develop all basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. We cover the basic features of grammar, build vocabulary, and develop idiomatic usage needed in basic everyday communication. The course will also introduce learners to Tibetan culture and daily life. 

Required texts and materials:

Nicolas Tournadre, Sangda Dorje. Manual of Standard Tibetan: Language and Civilization. Snow Lion Publications, 2003.

Suggested texts and materials

Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan by M. C. Goldstein,
Lhasa Verbs by Geoff Bailey and Christopher E. Walker (April 1, 2004)--can be purchased at Boxcar Books (
Listening and reading purposes will consistently use online recourses such as The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library at

Assignments and requirements

Students receive daily writing, reading, listening and speaking assignments, quizzes and tests.
Midterm exam and final exam will be administered.  
Students are required to attend and actively participate in class.

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