Classical Tibetan Notes

I first started learning classical Tibetan back in April I think. I can’t quite remember at the moment, but I have been extremely lucky with the fact a good friend’s fiancé, Lowell, became my teacher and friend through this course. We could have done the book a lot faster as it is only 7 lessons, but my friend, Veronika, and I have our work schedules and our teacher has his university schedule to work around to allow us to meet up once a week. We took a break from classes during the summer as we were all in different places and on vacation and we missed a few weeks of class in October as our teacher had to head to a conference in America and spent some time seeing family. We are also taking a brief interlude now as he is in Nepal, teaching at Ranjung Yeshi University and doing a meditation retreat. We will have one more class before my friend Veronika leaves to move to Nepal for 6 months and with that the book will be finished!

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Language Envy

Sometimes I experience what I call as language envy. In many ways I am in awe of the person in front of me, who as an outsider of a culture, has learned another language and appears to be able to partake in conversation even if it is slow or with hiccups. I look at myself and think will that be me one day? Can I too speak at the same level confidently in this language? Why didn’t I start earlier? I should really start studying. All these thoughts enter my head at once and I think that this must be envy, haha. Read More

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