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

Language Study

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

CARLA: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition: Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) -- Tibetan Course Listings

Endangered Languages Archive, SOAS, University of London

OLAC Language Resource Catalog, Penn Libraries

Includes a bibliography of early and contemporary linguistic studies on a variety of Tibetan dialects. Includes a separate list of resrouces for Amdo Tibetan and Khams Tibetan dialects.

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.