Introduction to Classical Tibetan
This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the basics of what is known as “Classical Tibetan”, ་ཡིག་སྐད་ which means written or literary Tibetan with Tenpa Tsering, a native instructor. This course includes 12 live weekly Zoom classes, course materials, access to office hours with the instructor and all previously recorded classes.
In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of reading and writing the Tibetan alphabet. The goal of this course is to establish a strong foundation for basic reading and writing in Tibetan. At the end of this course, students will be able to read simple texts and write in དབུ་ཅན་(u-chen), the Tibetan script. We will examine the unique and beautiful features of the Tibetan language by looking at the ways in which the consonants and their gender, vowels, suffixes, prefixes, post-suffixes, superscribed letters, and subscribed letters all fit together within a logical linguistic order. Once familiar with these grammatical rules, the Tibetan language will become more approachable. For students who have been studying for many years but are not clear on these rules, this course will help clarify their misunderstandings, and thus lead to a more confident approach to further study.
Class schedule: March 6- May 22, 12 Sundays; 19:00 - 20:30 Central European Times
All course materials will be available for one year on the Moodle learning platform.