Tibetan Language: Online, On Demand Courses

Ka-Ter: Beginning Tibetan Language With Fabian Sanders, professor, University of Venice.
In association with the Shang Shung Institute USA.

Price: $250 to attend by password protected webcast

Prerequisites: This course is open to the Public. It is advisable, although not necessary, for students to know the Tibetan alphabet before attending the course.

This exciting new initiative is aimed to give an intensive introduction to the Tibetan language as part of the Ka-Ter Translation Program. For a number of years, similar courses have been held at the Shang Shung Institute - Italy. As it is not always easy to travel to Italy, this program was devised so that interested students can study Tibetan Language in their own country under the guidance of a qualified visiting teacher.

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A. The first three days of this course are designed to enable reading and correct pronunciation and also to give an overview of the language. The following material will be covered:

1. The importance and beauty of the Tibetan language.
2. The structure of the language; grammar as a sacred science; Dharma Language (chos skad).
3. Sanskrit and Tibetan.
4. The alphabet; the relationship between signs and sounds; basic reading skills with reference to texts of practice if the course is restricted to practitioners, otherwise reference is to more general texts; notes on Sanskrit letters and pronunciation.
5. Presentation of available materials for the study of Tibetan language.

B: The second four days of the course help the student establish a firm basis for further study of the language and perform actual translation. After completing this course, students are now qualified take part in future Shang Shung Institute Tibetan Translation Trainings. The following material will be covered:

1. Translation: history, principles, techniques and problems.
2. The question of technical Dharma language.
3. Syllables, words, sentences and discourse.
4. Names (ming tshig) and Connectors or Particles (tshig phrad).
5. The eight cases of Tibetan grammar.
6. Connectors or Particles not related with case.
7. Examples and exercises.

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