Online Tibetan Language Program

LRZTP has created an online part-time Tibetan language program to give you the opportunity to study Tibetan from the comfort of your home. 

The Foundations in Tibetan Language Program progressively covers the essentials of the spoken and written language over a period of three years, and then there is a fourth and final year of advanced studies which focuses on Dharma Tibetan. For this program we welcome students with diverse backgrounds and commitment to the language. Prospective students might be those who already study Tibetan Buddhism, those who wish to communicate directly with their rinpoche or geshe, those interested in Tibetan culture and in communicating with Tibetans in their native language, and/or life-time learners seeking personal growth. Students are welcome to join a full year’s program of study for each level or to take modules individually without committing the full study program. 

The online program may also be joined as preparation for LRZTP’s two-year intensive Tibetan language and interpretation program, and we encourage those who intend to do the program and have little or no experience with the language to do so. 

At LRZTP, besides studying the Tibetan language on an intellectual level, we have the aspiration to implement the advice of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama in regards to educating the heart.

The Tibetan language is an integral part of a culture that has at its core the practices of compassion and wisdom. We encourage the students to engage in the study with an altruistic motivation. This will help us to be supportive of each other during class time, to find understanding and tolerance for our differences, and to practice gratitude for all the learning opportunities we receive. 

Overview of the four-year program:

  • Foundations in Tibetan Language – Elementary Level: Modules 1 – 5 (Dates: 03/2021 – 03/2022)
  • Foundations in Tibetan Language – Intermediate Level: Modules 1 – 5 (Dates: 03/2022 – 03/2023)
  • Foundations in Tibetan Language – Advanced Level I: Modules 1 – 5 (2023 – 2024 dates and courses to be announced)
  • Foundations in Tibetan Language – Advanced Level II, Focus on Dharma: Modules 1 – 5 (2024 – 2025 dates and courses to be announced) 

An extensive explanation of the Foundations in Tibetan Language, Elementary Level: Modules 1 – 5 you will find below. The content of the following three years will follow later. 

Students who successfully complete all modules of any level of the Foundations in Tibetan Language program will be awarded a certificate of completion for that level. Special certificates of completion will likewise be awarded to those students who successfully complete the Elementary Level through Advanced Level I (three years) or through Advanced Level II (four years). 

Foundations in Tibetan Language – Elementary Level: Modules 1 – 5, and Intermediate Level: Modules 1 – 5

In a series of five modules for each level, students will be introduced to the basics of the colloquial language with a focus on colloquial grammar, vocabulary and useful dialogues. Likewise, they will also gradually be introduced to essential grammar for the written/classical language. The modules will be taught progressively and students without any prior experience with the Tibetan language are strongly advised to start from module 1 of the elementary level. Students having prior experience with the language who satisfactorily know the alphabet, how to read, basic sentence structure, and so forth may start from whichever module is most suitable to their language level. Please see below for individual module descriptions and dates. 

Each module runs for a duration of eight weeks and will be conducted over Zoom by LRZTP senior teachers. The main teacher for the elementary and intermediate level modules will be Geshe Tenzin Wangdak. Optional group review/speech training sessions conducted by native speakers will be available to the students each module for a small additional fee. 

For students who would like to practice conversation and/or receive individual tutoring outside of class, LRZTP also offers online individual Tibetan language tutoring with native speakers. Please go to the Online Private Lessons page for more information. 

The classes will be held twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The same material is taught twice a day: at 3:00 – 4:30 pm and 8:00 – 9:30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST). Students can choose the timing that is most suitable for them. For those who are unable to attend the live class sessions, the recordings of the live classes and class materials will be made available. Please see below for course registration. 

The optional review/speech training sessions will be held on Thursdays and Sundays at 3:00 – 4:15 pm and 8:00 – 9:15 pm IST. There will be approximately eight sessions (ten hours total) per timing each module. Students may register for one or both days according to their selected class time. Students are not obligated to register for or attend these sessions. 

Students who successfully complete all modules of a level of the program will be awarded a certificate of completion by LRZTP. 

 

Extensive Course Description of Elementary Level: Modules 1 – 5 

The primary focus of all modules of the elementary level is learning colloquial Tibetan. In these modules, students are progressively taught the Tibetan alphabet and pronunciation, how to read, essential colloquial grammar, new vocabulary and everyday situational conversation. Students will also receive a gradual introduction to essential written grammar interspersed throughout the modules.  

Module 1 (10 March – 08 May 2021) Students are taught how to recognize and pronounce the Tibetan alphabet, how to read, basic sentence structure, greetings and dialogues about the classroom and locations. They are also introduced to personal and possessive pronouns, usages of the verb “to be” and “to have” in Tibetan and simple verb conjugation, honorific language and other aspects of the colloquial and written language. 

Module 2 (12 May – 10 July 2021) Picking up where module 1 left off, this module will continue teaching general colloquial vocabulary and dialogue with a focus on how to make introductions, simple conversations, and talk about leisure-time activities. Students will also be taught how to use various grammatical particles for denoting negation, plurality, questioning and so on. They will also continue learning how to conjugate verbs in the different tenses, especially the past tense, and other aspects of colloquial and written grammar. 

Module 3 (21 July – 18 September 2021) Continuing where module 2 left off, this module will continue introducing the student to general colloquial vocabulary and situational dialogues about the seasons/weather, eating/cooking, shopping, one’s preferences/habits and future plans. It will likewise continue teaching how to conjugate verbs in the different tenses with a focus on the future tense. Students will also be taught various grammatical structures for requesting and imperative speech, the formation of questions and other aspects of colloquial and written grammar.

Module 4 (29 September – 27 November 2021) Picking up where module 3 leaves off, this module will continue introducing the students to the salient aspects of the colloquial language. Students will be taught how to use numbers for telling time, talking about dates and schedules, birthdays and so forth. They will also learn how to talk about travel and how to ask for and give directions. This module will also teach further verb conjugation along with an introduction to common secondary verbs and verbalizers, etc. as well as aspects of the written grammar. 

Module 5 (05 January – 05 March 2022) This final module of the elementary level continues introducing the students to useful, new vocabulary, grammatical structures and situational dialogue. In this module students will be taught how to talk about clothing and the body as well as how to talk about work. They will also learn how to use speech that denotes consequence – i.e., therefore, because, etc., and some contrasting conjunctions such as although, even though, etc. This module also introduces speculative speech, modal verbs, verb auxiliaries denoting probability and so forth, as well as aspects of the written grammar. 

 

Extensive Course Description of Intermediate Level: Modules 1 – 5 (coming soon)

Module 1 (16 March – 14 May 2022)

Module 2 (25 May – 23 July 2022)

Module 3 (03 August – 01 October 2022)

Module 4 (12 October – 10 December 2022)

Module 5 (04 January – 04 March 2023)

 

Fees* 

The general fee for each eight-week module is $180. 

The optional group review/speech training fee is $25. per selected timing. 

We offer a fee concession to ordained Sangha members ($108. per module) and to FPMT Dharma center staff ($135. per module). 

The fee for SAARC resident nationals is ₹3,000. per module. The optional group review/speech training fee is ₹1050. per selected timing.

We do not wish that the finances are an obstacle to you participating in the program. If this is an issue for you, please contact us: manager@lrztp.org 

*Module fees are inclusive of all materials. Registration for each module is completed upon the completion of registration form and fee payment. 

Cancellation policy: In the case that a module has to be cancelled the module fee is refunded. If the student cancels in the week before the course begins, then 75% of the module fee is refunded. If the student cancels within the first week of the course, then 50% of the module fee is refunded. No refund is issued after the first week of a module.

For more information, please write to:  manager@lrztp.org  

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