Learn Oral Spelling

Tibetan Language Book – For Amdo Learners, this is a first grade book.

During January,  I was lucky enough to meet someone who was willing to take the time to teach me Tibetan. We started from the very beginning again. My tutor told me that in order to get better I had to practice spelling every word over and over. Continue reading “Learn Oral Spelling”

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. Continue reading “Language Envy”

Confessions of a Lazy Language Learner

I always start out so excited and ambitious with languages and then well…I fall off that high horse real quick. I love learning languages, but I’m lazy. Sometimes I make a lot of progress only to backtrack, because I haven’t opened up a book in a month or two. Which is not how one becomes better at language it actually  makes the process that much slower and aggravating.  Continue reading “Confessions of a Lazy Language Learner”

Studying the Tibetan Alphabet

 

Manual of Standard Tibetan. Colloquial Tibetan.  현대 티벳어.

In my spare time I’ve been trying to teach myself the Tibetan alphabet. I haven’t really gotten that far. I’ve managed to basically remember between 8-12 of the 3o consonants and I remember the 4 vowels. I haven’t made it through the rest of the alphabet though. Some of it is for pronunciation reasons. I feel like I’m close on the pronunciation and at other times  I feel like I have no clue if I’m pronouncing it right. Continue reading “Studying the Tibetan Alphabet”

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