Dzongkha or Bhutanese is spoken by about 130,000 people in Bhutan, where it
is the national language, and also in Nepal and India. It is a Sino-Tibetan
language which is closely related to Tibetan and distantly related to Chinese.
Dzongkha is written with the Tibetan alphabet, which was introduced by Thonmi
Sambhota, however the main written language in Bhutan is Classical Tibetan, which
differs as much from Dzongkha as French from Latin. There is also official way
of writing Dzongkha with the Latin alphabet known as Roman Dzongkha.
This is a small selection of conjunct consonants, which are used when two
consonants occur without a vowel between them.
Sample text in Dzongkha
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about the Dzongkha language and culture
Romanization of Dzongkha
Bhutanese (Dzongkha) proverbs
Center for Bhutan Studies (in English and Dzongkha)
Nepal Bhasa / Newari,