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By Jonathan Samuels

Colloquial Tibetan presents a step by step path in imperative Tibetan because it is spoken through local audio system. Combining an intensive remedy of the language because it is utilized in daily occasions with a correct written illustration of this spoken shape, it equips freshmen with the basic talents had to converse expectantly and successfully in Tibetan in a large diversity of occasions. No earlier wisdom of the language is required.

Key beneficial properties include:

progressive insurance of conversing, listening, analyzing and writing talents phonetic transliteration of the Tibetan script through the direction to help pronunciation and figuring out of the writing procedure based, jargon-free causes of grammar an in depth diversity of targeted and stimulating workouts practical and interesting dialogues protecting a extensive number of situations necessary vocabulary lists through the textual content extra assets on hand behind the ebook, together with a whole solution key, a grammar part, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues.

Balanced, accomplished and worthwhile, Colloquial Tibetan could be an necessary source either for self sustaining inexperienced persons and for college kids taking classes in Tibetan.

Audio fabric to accompany the direction is on the market to obtain loose in MP3 layout from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by way of local audio system, the audio fabric beneficial properties the dialogues and texts from the ebook and may support boost your listening and pronunciation talents.

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Is it this one? DUHO That one is mine. Your tea is this one. SÖNAM Your companion’s name is Lisa, isn’t it? DUHO Yes. SÖNAM How old is Lisa? DUHO Lisa is thirty-one. SÖNAM You’re also thirty-one, aren’t you? DUHO No, I am twenty-nine. (jokingly) I am still young SÖNAM Is Lisa also a civil servant? DUHO No, she’s a teacher. SÖNAM I see. Are you two partners? DUHO No. Lisa is a friend, but we are not partners. ). These particles are discussed further below. Exercise 2 Translate the following into Tibetan (the first one has already been completed): 1 your name khyērang-ki mīng 2 our friends 3 her teacher 4 their dog 5 That is your (plural) book.

SÖNAM I see. Are you two partners? DUHO No. Lisa is a friend, but we are not partners. ). These particles are discussed further below. Exercise 2 Translate the following into Tibetan (the first one has already been completed): 1 your name khyērang-ki mīng 2 our friends 3 her teacher 4 their dog 5 That is your (plural) book. 6 Those are not ours. Language point 2 Cardinal numbers Apart from 20 ( nyishu), 30, 40, etc. are formed by adding the number ten after the number for three, four, etc. So: Fifty is ngācu and so forth.

F) Sönam is a Buddhist, not a Muslim. g. ’ ( khathü’). 2 Add a question-particle straight after the verb, when asking the equivalent of yes/no questions. After yin, the particle is pronounced pä, and after re’ it is pronounced wä. But in both cases it is spelt . Listen to the examples on the CD to get a clear idea of the intonation used when asking a question. The most important thing is not to inject a foreign tone by rising on the last syllable. Examples of the two question forms: The question-particle is also often used together with a negative, as Dialogue 2 will illustrate.

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