Colloquial Tibetan: The Complete Course for Beginners
by Jonathan Samuels
- provides a step-by-step course in Central Tibetan as it is
spoken by native speakers. Combining a thorough treatment of the
language as it is used in everyday situations with an accurate
written representation of this spoken form, it equips learners
with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and
effectively in Tibetan in a broad range of situations. No prior
knowledge of the language is required.
Manual Of Standard Tibetan: Language And Civilization
by Nicolas Tournadre & Sangda Dorje
- presents the everyday speech of Lhasa as it is currently used
in Tibet and among the Tibetan diaspora. It not only places the language
in its natural context but also highlights along the way key aspects
of Tibetan civilization and Vajrayana Buddhism. Consists of forty-one
lessons, is illustrated with many drawings and photographs, and also
includes two informative political and linguistic maps of Tibet.
Two CDs provide an essential oral complement to the manual. A detailed
introduction presents a linguistic overview of spoken and written Tibetan.
Tibetan Calligraphy: How to Write the Alphabet and More
by Sanje Elliott
- shows you how to capture the elegance and grace of Tibetan
calligraphy without prior knowledge of either Tibetan language or
calligraphy. This beautiful book includes many prayers, mantras,
and seed syllables to copy and study. Perfect for practitioners,
artists, and anyone interested in the Tibetan language.
The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan
by Melvyn C. Goldstein
Containing more than 80,000 lexical items used in political, social,
economic, literary, and scientific discourse, this invaluable sourcebook
includes the tens of thousands of new words that have been coined or that
have come into use since Tibet was incorporated into the People's Republic
of China in 1951. The dictionary lists lexical items characteristic of
the special written genre that was used by Tibetan government officials
up to 1959 as well as new terminology used in the Tibetan exile communities
in South Asia. It contains both the core lexical terminology used in
everyday life and standard modern writing and many proverbs and sayings
that appear frequently in contemporary literary materials. The entries
provide spoken pronunciation and thousands of illustrative sentences.
The first scholarly English-Tibetan dictionary, as well as the only
one that is semantically sensitive, this work specifies the Tibetan
terms that correspond to the submeanings of a single English term.
Containing roughly 16,000 main entries, most of which have multiple
subentries, the dictionary treats a total of 45,000 lexical items.
Each entry includes both the written Tibetan orthography and a
phonemic notation to indicate pronunciation. Grammatical features
are also noted, and all examples of usage are presented with the
romanticization of the written Tibetan and phonemic notation of
the spoken forms. An introductory essay familiarizes users with
the main features of Tibetan grammar.
Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar
by Melvyn C. Goldstein, Gelek Rimpoche and Lobsang Phuntshog
This book will allow beginners to understand the logic of
Tibetan grammar and syntax through graded readings and narrative
explanations. The large glossary, which is indexed by page, will
serve as an invaluable reference grammar for readers of Tibetan at
all levels. The reading course includes a wide range of modern literary
styles from literature, history, current affairs, newspapers, and even
communist political essays.
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