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Dzongkha   རྫོང་ཁ (Dzongkha)

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 South Tibetic language closely related to Sikkimese. It is also related to other languages spoken in Bhutan, such as Chocangaca, Brokpa, Brokkat and Lakha.

Dzongkha is written with the Tibetan alphabet, which was introduced by Thonmi Sambhota in the 7th century AD. 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.

Dzongkha alphabet

Consonants

Dzongkha consonants

Vowel diacritics

Dzongkha vowels

Conjunct consonants

This is a small selection of conjunct consonants, which are used when two consonants occur without a vowel between them.

Dzongkha conjunct consonants

Sample text in Dzongkha

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Dzongkha

Translation

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)

Sample videos in Dzongkha

Links

Information about the Dzongkha language and culture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzongkha
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/dzo
http://www.library.gov.bt/IT/dzongkha.html
http://www.raonline.ch/pages/bt/visin/bt_dzongkha01.html
http://www.eki.ee/wgrs/rom2_dz.htm

Online Dzongkha lessons
https://mangolanguages.com/available-languages/learn-dzongkha/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYr4eQ99vqM
http://www.himalayanlanguages.org/files/driem/pdfs/1992Dzongkha.pdf
https://cudoo.com/products/languages/learn-dzongkha-online-level-1/
http://valtermoniz.tripod.com/dzongkha/id46.html

Dzongkha phrases
https://wikitravel.org/en/Dzongkha_phrasebook
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Dzongkha_phrasebook
https://www.gesar-travel.com/dzongkha-for-beginners/?lang=en
http://wandertours.com/helpful-phrases-in-dzongkha-for-travelers/
https://www.memrise.com/course/333372/dzongkha-basic-phrases/

Center for Bhutan Studies (in English and Dzongkha)
http://www.bhutanstudies.org.bt

Tibeto-Burman languages

Achang, Arakanese, Balti, Bantawa, Bisu, Drung, Dzongkha, Garo, Hajong, Hani, Hmar, Jingpho, Karen, Kayah Li, Ladakhi, Lahu, Lepcha, Limbu, Lipo, Lisu, Manipuri, Marma, Mro, Naxi, Nepal Bhasa / Newari, Sikkimese, Sunuwar, Tangkhul Naga, Tibetan, Tshangla, Tujia, Yi

Languages written with the Tibetan alphabet

Balti, Bokar, Dzongkha (Bhutanese), Ladakhi, Sikkimese, Tibetan, Tshangla


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