The Complete Course for Beginners
To Be Published December 16th 2013 by Routledge – 336 pages
Series: Colloquial Series
Colloquial Tibetan provides a step-by-step course in Central Tibetan as it is spoken by native speakers. Combining a thorough treatment of the language as it is used in everyday situations with an accurate written representation of this spoken form, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Tibetan in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Key features include:
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Tibetan will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and for students taking courses in Tibetan.
Accompanying audio material is available to purchase separately on two CDs or in MP3 format, or comes included in the great value Colloquial Tibetan pack. Recorded by native speakers, the audio complements the book and will help enhance learners’ listening and speaking skills.
By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages and at the Intermediate-High on the ACTFL proficiency scales.
The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.
Paperback: 978-0-415-59560-5 (please note this does not include the audio)
CDs : 978-0-415-59562-9
Ebook: 978-0-203-06740-6 (please note this does not include the audio, available from www.tandfebooks.com)
MP3s: 978-0-415-59563-6 (available from www.tandfebooks.com)
Pack : 978-0-415-59561-2 (paperback and CDs)
Introduction. Pronunciation and the Alphabet: basic sounds and symbols. 1. Syllables, letters, combinations and words 2. Hello. Are you well? 3. Where are you from? 4. Where is Tashi? 5. At the Guesthouse 6. Likes and Dislikes 7. Banter at the Teahouse 8. At what time? (Making Arrangements) 9. Food and Restaurants 10. Shopping 11. Aren’t you well? 12. Travel 13. What did he say? 14. Respectfully 15. From Another Perspective Grammar Section Key to Exercises Dialogue Translations Tibetan-English Glossary English-Tibetan Glossary
Jonathan Samuels is Research Fellow in Buddhist Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany