Language & Literature

Language Study


A variety of Tibetan dictionaries are included in the Dictionaries & Encyclopedias section of the guide.


Central Tibetan or Lhasa Dialects

Manual of Standard Tibetan Series
Several dozen video recordings of lectures and vocabulary corresponding to each chapter in Nicolas Torunadre's Manual of Standard Tibetan. Useful for self-study and classroom instruction.


Amdo Dialect

Learning Amdo Dialect
A work-in-progress, compiled by Dr. Frances Garrett at the University of Toronto. Includes links to ethnographic videos, audio samples, and references to instructional books, dictionaries, and related websites.

A Week in Rebkong, Amdo
An online oral language-acquisition module of 10 lessons with vocabulary and audio-links for basic conversation. Developed by Dr. Nicole Willock and Gedun Rabsal, Tibetan language instructor at Indiana University, with technical assistance from Christopher Walker.

Amdo Tibetan Dialect Collection
17 video recordings of conversation by native speakers in Amdo Tibetan dialect, with transcripts and English translation. A project of the Tibetan & Himalayan Library.


Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal

Translator Training Program

Summer Language Programs


Other Resources

The Study of Tibetan Language at UVa Describes university curriculum, and provides link to UVa's Summer Intensive Tibetan Language Program, taught by UVa Professor Tsetan Chonjore.

Tibetan Language at Indiana University  Describes course offerings and syllabus, as developed by faculty Gedun Rabsal.

Tibetan Language Institute, Hamilton, Montana USA

Thosamling  Sidhpur, India

The Tibetan Language Student. Some learning materials, and links to other language-learning programs. Website developed by a teacher named Sonam, now living in Vancouver, Canada.



THL Tibetan Literary Encyclopedia

For modern Tibetan literature, a useful overview with in-depth studies on certain topics can be found in Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change, ed. by Lauran Hartley and Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani (Duke University Press, 2008). The appendices of this volume include a list of modern Tibetan literary works that have been published in western languages. An E-Book version is available to Columbia UNI-holders in CLIO.

Another excellent overview, which also covers classical, religious and folk genres is Tibetan literature: studies in genre, ed. by José Ignacio Cabezón and Roger R. Jackson. This too is available in CLIO.