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By Jonathan Samuels

Colloquial Tibetan presents a step by step path in imperative Tibetan because it is spoken by way of local audio system. Combining an intensive remedy of the language because it is utilized in daily events with a correct written illustration of this spoken shape, it equips freshmen with the basic talents had to converse with a bit of luck and successfully in Tibetan in a huge diversity of events. No previous wisdom of the language is required.

Key positive aspects include:

progressive assurance of talking, listening, interpreting and writing talents phonetic transliteration of the Tibetan script in the course of the direction to assist pronunciation and realizing of the writing process dependent, jargon-free reasons of grammar an in depth variety of targeted and stimulating workouts sensible and exciting dialogues overlaying a huge number of eventualities beneficial vocabulary lists through the textual content extra assets to be had behind the publication, together with an entire solution key, a grammar part, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues.

Balanced, accomplished and worthwhile, Colloquial Tibetan may be an fundamental source either for self sufficient novices and for college kids taking classes in Tibetan.

Audio fabric to accompany the direction is on the market to obtain unfastened in MP3 structure from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded through local audio system, the audio fabric gains the dialogues and texts from the publication and may aid strengthen your listening and pronunciation talents.

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DUHO Are you well, Sönam? SÖNAM Yes, I’m well, and you? DUHO I’m well. Sönam, this [she] is Lisa. SÖNAM Oh [I see]. Hello Lisa. LISA Hello, Sönam. Vocabulary Cultural point Greeting As well as a greeting, the expression ṭāshi-tele’ can be used as a way of congratulating others, wishing good fortune, etc. ’ the Tibetan expression khyērang tepo yin-pä forms part of the process of greeting, rather than an invitation to discuss the actual state of one’s health. Neither speaker uses an equivalent of ‘thank you’ in the response to that question.

SÖNAM ālä lisa-la: ṭāshi-ṭele’. LISA ṭāshi-tele’. sȫnam-la:. DUHO Sönam, hello! SÖNAM Ah, Duho, hello! DUHO Are you well, Sönam? SÖNAM Yes, I’m well, and you? DUHO I’m well. Sönam, this [she] is Lisa. SÖNAM Oh [I see]. Hello Lisa. LISA Hello, Sönam. Vocabulary Cultural point Greeting As well as a greeting, the expression ṭāshi-tele’ can be used as a way of congratulating others, wishing good fortune, etc. ’ the Tibetan expression khyērang tepo yin-pä forms part of the process of greeting, rather than an invitation to discuss the actual state of one’s health.

Not all of them are so predictable. The way the ten letters act when they are suffixes can be summarised like this: 1 silent; no effect on the syllable’s sound 2 1 articulated (transliterated as ng, p, m, and r) 3 articulated (transliterated as n and l), they can also change the vowel sound 4 ྒ articulated (transliterated as k) 5 silent, they change the vowel sound, and cause an abrupt glottal stop More will be said about the articulation of suffixes later in the unit. The vowel changes mentioned are: a → ä u → ü o → ö So, if a central letter has an a, u, or o vowel sound, attaching any of the suffixes from group 2 or 3 to it will change the sound to ä, ü, or ö respectively (quite similar to the German vowels with an umlaut).

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