Learning Programs

Tibetan for Practitioners


Samye Institute’s Tibetan for Practitioners home study program introduces you to the Tibetan alphabet. Our goal is that you gain comfort in reading your practice texts and pronouncing the Tibetan correctly. You should be able to spell out and read any Tibetan words including mantras. In addition, you will gain an understanding of punctuation, numbers and etymology.

The course is divided into 13 Lessons with 53 individual units. Although you have access to all the units at the same time, we suggest that you thoroughly review each unit and complete the exercises in the downloadable textbook that pertain to each unit. You might wish to spend at least a week working with each unit allowing the time to develop confidence and proficiency in reading and writing. You can work through the course at your own pace but we recommend that you spend time with each unit until you feel you have mastered it before moving on.

We’ve deliberately worked to keep the units short so that you can make progress in small chunks as you learn the language. This way even if you are pressed for time, you can keep up the continuity by simply reviewing the pronunciation of certain letters, or by reading one exercise in your textbook after watching the explanatory video.

Although you might think that you have no need to write Tibetan, the act of copying the letters helps you to memorize and internalize the language. Each of us learns differently but it is helpful to mix up the styles of listening, reading and writing in order to engage all parts of our brain in the language learning process. This alternation of hearing, reading and writing also keeps things fresh and keeps us engaged as we memorize new sounds and images.

We thank you for your interest, and welcome you to an exciting introduction to the Tibetan language!


Course Curriculum

Welcome to Tibetan for Practitioners 00:00:00
What is Classical Tibetan? 00:00:00
Drawing the Letter A 00:00:00
Resources 00:00:00
The first five lines of the alphabet 00:00:00
Drawing the consonants (part 1) 00:00:00
The remaining consonants 00:00:00
Drawing the consonants (part 2) 00:00:00
Pronouncing the 30 consonants 00:00:00
The vowels 00:00:00
Pronouncing the vowels 00:00:00
Superscribed letters 00:00:00
Pronouncing the superscribed letters 00:00:00
Vocabulary 00:00:00
Vocabulary pronunciation 00:00:00
Subscribed letters – the yatak 00:00:00
Yatak pronunciation 00:00:00
Subscribed letters – the rata 00:00:00
Ratak pronunciation 00:00:00
Subscribed letters – the labta and wasur 00:00:00
Latak pronunciation 00:00:00
Wasur pronunciation 00:00:00
Vocabulary 00:00:00
Suffixes 00:00:00
Pronouncing the suffixes 00:00:00
Pronouncing the suffixes 00:00:00
Vocabulary 00:00:00
Post-suffixes 00:00:00
Pronouncing the post-suffixes 00:00:00
Vocabulary 00:00:00
Prefixes 00:00:00
Pronouncing the prefixes 00:00:00
Pronunciation 00:00:00
Prefixes – Special Cases 00:00:00
Pronouncing special cases 00:00:00
Prefixes – Practice 00:00:00
Vocabulary 00:00:00
Identifying the Root Letter 00:00:00
Vowel special cases 00:00:00
Punctuation – The Letterhead (Yingo) 00:00:00
Vocabulary and etymology: The Three Jewels 00:00:00
The syllable dot 00:00:00
Special markers 00:00:00
Punctuation: The shay 00:00:00
Sanskrit Transliteration – Vowels 00:00:00
Sanskrit Transliteration – Extra Consonant Sounds 00:00:00
Pronouncing special consonants 00:00:00
Pronouncing the Ali Kali Mantra, slow 00:00:00
Pronouncing the Ali Kali Mantra, fast 00:00:00
Reading Mantras 00:00:00
Pronouncing the 12 manifestations mantra 00:00:00
The Düsum Sangyé prayer 00:00:00
Numbers 1-19 00:00:00
Numbers over 20 00:00:00
Important Numbers and Ordinal Numbers 00:00:00

Program Details

110 Students Enrolled

Duration: Lifetime Access

Price: $21.00