Classical Tibetan Completed!

Yesterday we finished our book! I felt pretty good about it even though there were many mistakes in my homework. I left it with my teacher and friend, Lobsang, to correct and give it back to me at a later date.

He gave us a take home final and also two readings to start on that perhaps in the spring we can discuss from time to time when questions appear. At the moment he said it will be easier for us to read buddhist scripts instead of modern literature. This has a lot to do with structure of the language and vocabulary. Which I acknowledged, but I feel like if I improved my vocabulary and picked up a children’s book, then I would be able to read through it slowly to bridge the gaps. This is something I will need to work on and find later, but it remains a goal at least.

Lobsang complimented us and said most people learning Classical Tibetan learn it at school during a semester or an intensive summer session. The two of us were meeting once a week for class, but we only really had classes for a total of about 4.5 months. With large breaks in between. We also were working full-time while studying so we had less time to devote to studying, however despite that in his opinion we have done well.

I know I still need a lot of review as I am not 100% sure of a lot of things, especially grammar points. Reflecting on this I realize maybe it is time to seriously learn English grammar or at least review it so that I have a better working concept of grammar and how it is used along with the parts of speech. I realized while I can learn languages, grammar always evades me because I lack a strong foundation in my native language.

I’m proud of my accomplishment at times I think it hasn’t helped me in some ways with learning colloquial, but in other ways it has helped me identify sentences structures, as well as, the changes of pronunciation of words compared to the literary language. For me I’m satisified in one way, but wished I had grasped the concepts better. This is one contention point I have always had and hated about myself as a language learner. I hate the fact I struggle with grammar and it has a direct effect with how I translate sentences for understanding. I feel it takes me two to three times as long as those who grasp grammar to truly start understanding grammar patterns.

In other ways, I know I am good at remembering vocabulary and spelling. I also am good at now learning to speak despite how little I know or if my grammar is wrong. Looking forward I plan to continue to document my learning journey along with the resources I have utilized and my thoughts about them. Learning Tibetan is going to be a lifelong journey and I can only get better little by little.

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