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GaiaMonday 22nd of March 2004 11:39:53 AM
Tashi Delek! - Hello.
I am looking for someone who speaks tibetan...I am learning and I know some basic vocabulary and grammar (I can construct simple sentence, conjugate verbs etc.) but I want to learn to speak it fluently and I'm hoping there might be someone out there who can help me. (I have not yet begun to learn written Tibetan, although I want to learn that too...). Anyway, if anyone knows Tibetan, pleeease respond! Thanks!

-Lindsey Gaia
bill zengWednesday 25th of August 2004 07:46:13 AM
reply Lindsey Gaia - Dear Gaia,

Nice to meet you, I am Bill Zeng, I am Chinese, my native language is Chinese mandarine, I can speak a little English and Chinese Cantonese also, I was born in Sichuan Province,southwestern of China where is close to Tibet,so I am starting learning Tibet now.I hope make some friends who just like you,and we can learn Tibet together.I think that learn language with a partner is better way than single.
On the other way, I can teach you Chinese if you are willing, and I can learn English from you.
GaiaThursday 26th of August 2004 06:59:50 AM
Tibetan - Hello Bill.

Nice to meet you too. I actually posted that message quite a long time ago and no one replied...I have been studying Tibetan for a while now and I know a fair bit. I actually just got back from Tibet...I was in Tibet and Nepal for a month and a half. I am happy to hear that you are learning Tibetan. I think it's great, especially since you are Chinese, and many Chinese people that I met there did not bother to learn the language of Tibet. I would be happy to learn with you and help you with your english too...and I'd love to learn some Chinese as well. Anyway, thanks for replying! I hope to hear from you soon. :)
Paul8Tuesday 28th of September 2004 04:08:05 AM
I'm also willing to learn - I also want to learn Tibetan and Chinese. I've tried to find sites to learn Tibetan but so far I only found one that is actually good but it doesn't have a lot to offer. If you want I could teach either of you french, spanish, english, or Farsi.
GaiaSunday 17th of October 2004 12:45:55 PM
tibetan etc. - hello paul. Nice to meet you...and Hi again bill.

Well, here's a little intro lesson in Tibetan for both of you if you're still interested.

The basic structure of a Tibetan sentence follows the pattern: Subject + Object + Verb

For example, if you wanted to say I have a book, it would be I + book + have - or "Nga teb yo" (That "o" should actually be pronounced like it has a little umlaut, or two little dots over it, but i don't know how to type that on the computer).

The main subjects are as follows

I - Nga
you - Kerang
he/she - Kong
they - Kongtso
we - Ngatso
you (pl) - kerangtso

the verb "to be" to express identity is as follows:
first person: yin
eg) I am Lindsey - Nga Lindsey yin
second/third person: ray
eg) you are bill - Kerang Bill ray
He is Paul - Kong Paul ray

the verb "to have" is as follows:
First person: yo (with an umlaut over the o)
eg) I have an orange - Nga tsaluma yo
Second/third person: du or yo-ray*
eg) You have an apple - kerang kushu du/kerang kushu yo-ray
She has a pen - kong nyugu du/kong nyugu yo-ray

*the difference between du/yo-ray depends on the relation of the speaker to the situation. If you are standing in front of Bill and you can see that he has a white jacket, you would say "Bill drudoong kharbo du" (Bill has a white jacket). If you knew that Bill had a white jacket because he told you so over the internet, but you've never seen it for yourself, you would say "Bill drudoong kharbo yo-ray"
Hako-songeh? (<<
so there ya go...lesson number one. I'd love to learn some chinese and some farsi if either of you are up for it. :)

Talk to you later!

drumingbeetWednesday 20th of October 2004 02:34:39 AM
Tibetan lesson - oh Lindsey! and hi to bill and paul. that is such a pleasant lesson. tibetan is such a lovely language.
merci beaucoup.

RigzinTuesday 26th of October 2004 07:33:43 PM
- [quote]rang na wan du ya na tsha chane Change your own perception and others perception of you will changeOriginally posted by Rigzin

I am learning classical Tibetan and have just begun to learn spoken Tibetan I would love to learn with you all and if I can help in any way I will. My native language is English I am also fairly fluent in French and know a little Irish and Italian. I am visiting Dharamsala next year but more importantly want to be able to converse with Pema a monk that I have been writing to and he has very little English.[/quote]
skb4eroThursday 04th of November 2004 04:25:25 AM
Tibetan Phrase - Hi my name is Steve, How do you say in Tibetan:

Together Forever and Bound for Eternity

Also how would you write it in Tibetan alphabit?

rainySunday 14th of November 2004 02:50:30 AM
Skype - I'm an American student studying Mandarin in Taipei. I've studied Chinese for about five years, but recently started learning the Tibetan alphabet. All I can say is Tashidelay, "teacher", "water" and other random stuff. I agree with Bill that it is better to learn with someone, even if that person is a beginner, too, than to study by yourself. Anybody heard of Skype? All you need is internet access, headphones and a microphone. The connection is really clear, actually--a lot like talking on the phone except sometimes there is a lag, but you can't beat free!
bill zengWednesday 15th of December 2004 04:37:54 PM
learn tibetan - Hello, All my friends, Nice to heard your feedback. I have learned Tibetan for several months, Now I am still learning pronunciation and simply dialog. I quite agree with Gaia's intro lesson, Thank you! I have some pictures which is scanned from a Chinese-Tibetan Book, and I also downloaded the audio courses of the book,But it is chinese mandarin pronunciation, If someone is interested in this book and audio courses, Please contact me by:
araeSunday 27th of February 2005 12:09:18 PM
- Bill, I'm sending you an email now. :) My name is Amanda. Nice to meet everyone.
BlowfishMonday 30th of May 2005 03:43:27 AM
- Hi all!
I'm studying tibetan. By now, i can read/write the alphabet and know some words. It would be great if anyone shares his knowledge, since Tibetan is not the easiest language to study (at least, for those who are used to communicate with a latin alphabet).
I think a big problem is the pronunciation: understanding how a word have to be read, is quite difficult (i think).
However, i am Paul... nice to meet you :)